Mason County

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Mason County is named for Fort Mason which was located in Texas.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – McCulloch County and San Saba County

E – Llano County

S – Gillespie County and Kimble County

W – Kimble County and Menard 

 

Created:  January 22, 1858                    Map of Texas highlighting Mason County

County Seat: 

Mason  1858 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mason ( Destroyed by fire in 2021 )

 

Location:  201 Fort McKavitt Street / San Antonio Street

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia

Contractor:  Mutual Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faced west and  was a two story granite, red colored brick and concrete structure. The building was located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Mason. The west front had a large portico with four Doric columns rising a wide pediment with fanlight at the roof line. There were porticoes on each of the other sides. The windows had stone headers. There was stone trim at the corners. On the center of the roof is an octagonal dome with clock at the top. The roof was hipped. On the east side of the building was a one story washroom building. In the interior there was a central east-west hallway. The courtroom was located on the second story. The building housed the State District Court and the Constitutional County Court. The architect was Edward Columbus Hosford & Company of Atlanta, Georgia and the contractor was Mutual Construction Company. The building was renovated in 1986. The building was destroyed by fire on February 5, 2021On the south side of the building is the old brownstone County Jail built in 1894.

 

See:  The architect, Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia..

 

Note:  The courthouse is being rebuilt by Stoddard General Contractors pf Spring Branch from 2021 to 2023 at a cost of $19,600,000.

 

History:  The county was created in 1858 and Mason was selected as the county seat. The first courts met in rented premises. The first courthouse was a two story rock structure built by August Brockmann in 11872 to 1875. The courthouse burned in 1877. The second courthouse was a two story stone structure designed by Francis M Carr & Daniels and constructed in 1878 at a cost of $4,500. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1909 to 1910 at a cost of $39,786. The courthouse was destroyed by fire on February 5, 2021.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Mason

 

 

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Washroom Building

 

 

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Old County Jail – Mason

 

 

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County Law Enforcement Building – Mason

 

 

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Photos taken 2014 and 2017