Curry County

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Curry County is named for George Curry, territorial governor of New Mexico who signed the bill creating the county.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Quay County

E – Deaf Smith County, Texas and Parmer County, Texas

S – Roosevelt County

W – Roosevelt County and Quay County

 

Created:  February 25, 1909                  Map of New Mexico highlighting Curry County

County Seat:

Clovis  1910- present

 

County Courthouse – Clovis

 

Location:  700 North Main Street / West 8th Street

Built:  1935 – 1936

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:   Robert E Merrell of Schaefer, Merrell and Associate

Contractor:  J E Morgan & Sons

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story blond brick and cast concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Clovis. The building has a cruciform plan with raised basement. The north front has stone trim at the central entrance. Vertically fluted, engaged pilasters frame the entry area and surround the second story window above. Zia form cast concrete spandrels embellish the slightly projecting north and south wings between the first and second story windows.  Extensive use of the Zia symbol decorate the exterior. The interior has terrazzo floors, grey marble wainscot, and plaster walls and ceiling. Etched glass decorates the main entry with a simple linear pattern. The second story courtroom is modern with vinyl tile floors, wood paneled walls, and an acoustical tile ceiling. Doors throughout the building are glass and wood, with transoms. The building was a Works Progress Administration project. An addition to the building were constructed in 1954. The architect was Schaefer, Merrell & Associate and the contractor was Cottle Construction Company.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Curry County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1909 and Clovis was selected as the county seat in 1910. The first courthouse was a two story structure built by J Stirling Marsh Manufacturing Company in 1910 at a cost of $35,000. The courthouse was demolished in 1954. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1935 to 1936 at a cost of $150,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Clovis

 

 

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Plaque from 1910 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2007, 2016 and 2019