Gonzales County

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Gonzales County is named for the Spanish town of Gonzales founded during the Spanish occupation of Texas.

 

Created:  March 17, 1836

County Seat: 

Gonzales  1836 – present

 

County Courthouse – Gonzales  

 

Location:  414 North St. Joseph Street / St. Louis Street

Built:  1895 – 1896

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  James Riely Gordon of San Antonio

Contractor:  Otto P Kroeger

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story dark red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The southwest front has a two story projecting section with arched windows having stone trim at the top. On either side of the center section are semi-circular two story sections with three arches at the first story porch and thin columns at the second story balcony. The building is tiered, rising to a hipped roof with large square clock tower with smaller section and steep roof at the top. The foundation of the basement is rough cut stone. On the north side of the building is the old three story cut stone County Jail.

 

See:  The architect James Riely Gordon of San Antonio, Texas

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a Greek Revival structure designed by Charles Payne and constructed by Nat Benton and D C Bledsoe in 1857. The building burned on December 3, 1893 and was replaced by the second and present courthouse which cost $64,450..

 

County Justice Center – Gonzales  

 

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Location:  414 North St. Joseph Street / St. Louis Street

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Mediterranean

Architect:  Robert W Maurice, Richard S Wilkins and Thomas Martz of Houston

Contractor:  Mayfield Construction Company of San Antonio

 

Description:  The building is a one story dark red colored brick Mediterranean style structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city beside the courthouse. The building faces southeast and was completed in 1975. The center section has five high arches and a recessed porch. The roof line is flat.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Bastrop County and Fayette County

E – Lavaca County and De Witt County

S – Karnes County and Wilson County

W – Guadalupe County and Caldwell County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Jail

 

 

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County Justice Center

 

 

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Photos taken 2014 and 2019