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FOARD COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Crowell, Texas

Foard County has had two courthouses:
1891 and 1910
1910 Foard County Courthouse today, Crowell, Texas
Foard County courthouse
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006

The Foard County Courthouse
- Crowell, Texas

Date - 1910
Architect - McDonald Brothers, Fort Worth
Style - Texas Renaissance
Material - Brick and stone

This Texas Renaissance style courthouse had a dome before it was struck by the 1942 tornado. The most obvious damage visible today is damage to the twin WWI monuments (soldier and sailor) who lost limbs.
Foard County Courthouse with dome, Crowell, Texas
The 1910 Foard County Courthouse before the 1942 tornado
1939 photo courtesy TXDoT
Foard County Courthouse without dome, Crowell, Texas
Old photo of the courthouse without the dome
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Historical Marker:

Foard County Courthouse

This is the second courthouse to serve Foard County since its creation in 1891. By 1909, the first courthouse proved too small for the needs of the county, and voters passed a bond election for the purpose of building a new one. The Commissioners Court selected Elmer G. Withers as architect, R. H. Stuckey as superintendent, and G. W. Brillhart of Abilene as contractor. Completed in 1910, the Classical Revival courthouse featured a statue of Lady Justice atop a domed cupola and prominent porticoes with paired Corinthian columns on each side. Tornado damage in 1942 resulted in the loss of these features, but the courthouse was repaired and still retains the basic configuration of its original design.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2001
Foard County Courthouse historical marker, Crowell, Texas
Foard County courthouse historical marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
Crowell Tx, Foard County Courthouse
Foard County Courthouse today
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Photographer's Note:
"Although stripped of its original classical details, it remains an imposing structure."

"The front entrance of the courthouse - The stone spheres on the pedestals mark the spot where the building's large columns once stood. The granite monument in front of the courthouse relays the county's history and the facts of the fatal tornado that practically destroyed Crowell and altered the appearance of the courthouse."

"Stepping into this building was almost like stepping back into time." - Terry Jeanson
1910 Foard County Courthouse district courtroom Crowell, Texas
The district courtroom
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
Foard County Courthouse history - April 28,  1942, Crowell Texas
Foard County Courthouse history - April 28, 1942 tornado
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
Foard County Courthouse, Crowell, Texas and WWI statue
The twin WWI monuments of soldier and sailor
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Foard County Courthouse, Crowell, Texas and WWI statue
The statues today, damaged by the 1942 tornado
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2012
Foarad County TX - WWI monument , statues of soldier and sailor
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Foarad County TX - WWI monument , statues of soldier
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Foarad County TX - WWI monument , statues of sailor
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Foarad County TX - WWI monument , statues of  sailor
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
1910 Foard County Courthouse with WWI statues, Crowell, Texas
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
More WWI | Texas Monuments & Statues
1910 Foard County Courthouse entrance and granite monument, Crowell, Texas
Courthouse front entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
Foard County history on granite monument, Crowell Texas
Foard County history on the granite monument
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
Foard County Centennial Marker , Crowell Tx
Foard County Centennial Marker in Crowell
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
More Texas Centennial | Texas History
Crowell Tx Foard County Marker text
Foard County Texas Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

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