Ellis County

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Ellis

Ellis County is named for Richard Ellis, who was president of the convention that produced the Texas Declaration of Independence.

 

Created:  December 20, 1849

County Seat: 

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 

 

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Location:  1109 South Jackson Street / Martin Luther King Boulevard

Built:  2008 – 2010

Style:  Modern

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.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Tarrant County and Dallas County

E – Kaufman County and Henderson County

S – Navarro County and Hill County

W – Johnson County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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County Courts Building

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2014