Collin County

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Collin County is named for Collin McKinney, who was one of the five men who drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grayson County and Fannin County

E – Hunt County

S – Rockwall County and Dallas County

W – Denton County


Created:  April 3, 1846                            Map of Texas highlighting Collin County

County Seat: 

Buckner     1846 – 1848

McKinney  1848 – present


County Courthouse – McKinney


Location:  2100 Bloomdale Road / North Central Expressway

Built:  2005 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Pierce, Goodwin, Alexander & Linville ( PGAL )

Contractor:  Hunt Consulting Group


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red and buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped ground to the south of the center of McKinney. The south front has a high center section with two large columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story and in front is a one story glass enclosed porch with columns. On the east and west are large arched windows with red brick on the second and third stories. The corner sections project slightly and form square towers. On the center of the roof is a black colored glass dome.


See:  The architect, Pierce, Goodwin, Alexander & Linville ( PGAL ) designed courthouses in Florida in Indian River County, in Louisiana in Saint Tammany Parish and in Texas in Fort Bend County and Harris County.


Note:  The 1st Administrative Judicial Region has a main office in the Collin County Courthouse in McKinney.


Old County Courthouse – McKinney




Location:  111 North Tennessee Street / E Virginia Street

Built:  1874 – 1876

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Charles Wheelock

Contractor:  Charles King and O J King


Description:  The building faces north and a three story buff colored brick structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of McKinney. The east side has two one story porticoes with projecting sections. On the south and north sides have arched entrances on the first story and two double columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story with clock at the roof line. The roof line is flat. The building was rebuilt in 1927. The architect was Sparger & Peters and the contractor was A J Rife.


County Administration Building ( demolished ) – McKinney




Location:  210 South McDonald Street / West Davis Street

Built:  1977 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Jarvis, Putty, Jarvis Inc. and Harvey G Moore

Contractor:  Howard U Freeman, Inc.


Description:  The building faced east and was a seven story buff colored brick, glass and concrete  structure. The east front had a rectangular framed entrance. The center three stories were recessed with glass walls. The next story had narrow vertical windows and the top had side projections rising above the roof line. The building served as the courthouse from 1979 to 2007 and was torn down in 2012.


History:  The county was created in 1846 and Buckner was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log cabin built in 1846. The county seat was moved to McKinney in 1848 and the second courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1848. The third courthouse was a stone structure built in 1859. The fourth courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by Charles Wheeler and constructed by O J King in 1874. The fifth courthouse was a three story brick structure designed by W A Peters and constructed by Rife Construction Company in 1927. The sixth courthouse was a brick and concrete structure constructed in 1979. The seventh and present courthouse was constructed in 2005.




County Courthouse – McKinney






















Old County Courthouse – McKinney













Old County Administration Building (demolished) – McKinney







Photos taken 2006. 2010 and 2017