Ellis County is named for Richard Ellis, who was president of the convention that produced the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Created: December 20, 1849
Waxahachie 1850 – present
County Courthouse – Waxahachie
Location: 101 West Main Street / College Street
Built: 1894 – 1895
Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: James Riely Gordon of San Antonio
Contractor: Otto P Koeger of San Antonio
Description: The building faces northwest and is a three story red Pecos sandstone and granite structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of city. The northwest front of the building has angled entrance porches having a large arches and open windows on the second story. The center section has two rounded towers with open windows on the third story and between the towers is a large arch. The north and south center sections project from the main building. The east side is rounded with open arches on the first story. The base of the building is course white colored stone. On the center of the roof rises a high square clock tower with steep roof. The building was restored in 2002. The architect was ArchiTexas Architecture Historical Planning and Preservation, Inc. and the construction manager was Thomas S Bryne, Inc.
Note: The is similar to the cruciform design of the courthouse in Wise County. The cost of construction was $175,000.
See: The architect James Riely Gordon of San Antonio, Texas
County Courts Building – Waxahachie
Location: 1109 South Jackson Street / Martin Luther King Boulevard
Built: 2008 – 2010
Architect: HDR Architects Inc.
Contractor: Balfour Beatty, Inc.
Description: The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of the city to the east of the courthouse. The southwest corner of the building has a projecting two story section with recessed entrance and large arched window on the second story. Along the west side pf the second story is a recessed walkway with pillars. On the east side, the building descends along a slope with the first story below the second story entrance level. The first story is faced with cream colored limestone. The roof line is flat.
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County Courts Building
Photos taken 2009 and 2014