Kerr County is named for James Kerr, who was a congressman of the Republic of Texas.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
E – Kendall County
S – Bandera County
Created: January 26, 1856
Kerrville 1856 – 1860
Comfort 1860 – 1862
Kerrville 1862 – present
County Courthouse – Kerrville
Location: 700 Main Street / Sidney Baker Street
Built: 1926 – 1927
Style: Beaux Arts / Georgian Revival
Architect: Adams & Adams
Contractor: W C Thrailkill
Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Kerrville. The south front has an arched entrance in the center of the building with small balcony above. The cornice projects from the building and the east and west wings are recessed. The roof center rises above the roof line. In the interior there are two County District Court courtrooms located on the second story. The building houses the County District Court, Constitutional County Court, County Court at Law and County Justice Court of the 6th Administrative Judicial Region. In 1977, an annex was constructed on the north side. The architect was A B Swank and the contractor was AACO Construction Inc. The engineer was Lester Whitton.
Note: During construction W B Brown Plumbing was awarded the plumbing and heating contract for $6,325; Roberts Electric Shop did the electrical work for $940; Southern Steel Company provide jail equipment for $7,800; W A Fawcett Furniture Company provided wood and metal furniture for $5,259; Charles Schreiner furnished door hardware at $1,320 and Travis Electrical Company installed the electrical fixtures.
Note: The 6th Administrative Judicial Region has a main office in the Kerr County Courthouse in Kerrville.
History: The county was created in 1856 and Kerrville was selected as the county seat. The first county meeting was held at the farm of G M Ridley along the Guadalupe River The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1856 at a cost of $100. The county seat was moved to Comfort and then the county seat was moved back to Kerrville in 1862 when Comfort became part of Kendall County. The county used rented premises until the second courthouse, a two story structure was built by F J Hamer and August Faltin at a cost of $5,460 1876. The building later became the jail. The third courthouse was designed by Alfred Giles and constructed by D C Anderson in 1885 to 1886 at a cost of $19,545. The building was destroyed by fire in 1925. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1926 to 1927 at a cost of $110,000.
County Courthouse - Kerrville
Photos taken 2009 and 2017