Gillespie County

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Gillespie

Gillespie County is named for Robert Addison Gillespie, who was a Texas Range, an Indian fighter, a merchant and a soldier in the Mexican-American War.

 

Created:  February 23, 1848

County Seat: 

Fredericksburg  1848 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fredericksburg  

 

Location:  100 West Main Street / South Adams Street

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Edward Stein

Contractor:  Hill & Combs

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has a center section which rises above the roof line, with the entrance on the first story and a glass window above. The base of the building is polished red colored granite. White colored horizontal bands runs below and along the flat roof line.

 

Old County Courthouse – Fredericksburg  

 

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Location:  100 West Main Street / South Adams Street

Built:  1881 – 1882

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Alfred Giles

Contractor:  John Heinen and James Courtney

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city  on the west side of the present courthouse. The north front has a one story portico at the projecting center section. Above are two vertical windows with gable at the roof line. The roof is hipped. The building was restored in 1966. The architect was Milton Moseley. The building is now a library.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a two story frame structure designed by Henry Beazley and built by Jacob Arhelger. The second courthouse was constructed in 1882 at a cost of $23,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Mason County and Llano County

E – Blanco County

S – Kendall County and Kerr County 

W – Kerr County and Kimble County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2017