Coryell County is named for James Coryell, who was a frontiersman killed by Native Americans.
Created: February 4, 1854
Gatesville 1879 – present
County Courthouse – Gatesville
Location: 510 East Leon Street / South 6th Street
Built: 1897 – 1898
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: Wesley Clarke Dodson
Contractor: Tom Lovell of Denton
Description: The building faces south and is a three story white colored course limestone and sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of the city. The south front has a large portico supported by four high brown colored columns rising from the second to third story. Each corner has a pavilion with red colored dome roof. In the building center is an octagonal dome with clock, black colored roof and topped by a small cupola with red colored roof. The building was renovated in 1986 to 1987. The architect was Kim Williams Architects of Austin and the contractor was Baird Williams Construction Inc. of Temple.
See: The contractor, Tom Lovell of Denton, also constructed courthouses in Brazonia County, Brewster County, Denton County, Hamilton County, Hardeman County, Hill County, McLennan County and Runnels County.
Note: The first courthouse was a wood frame structure built in 1868. The second courthouse was a two story limestone structure built in 1872 at a cost of $12,130. The third and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $74,195 in 1897.
E – McLennan County
S – Bell County
W – Lampasas County
Photos taken 2006 and 2017