McLennan County

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McLennan

McLennan County is named for Neil McLennan, who was an early settler.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bosque County and Hill County

E – Limestone County

S – Falls County and Bell County

W – Coryell County 

 

Created:  January 22, 1850                    Map of Texas highlighting McLennan County

County Seat: 

Waco  1850 – present

 

County Courthouse – Waco 

 

Location:  501 Washington Avenue / North 6th Street

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  James Riely Gordon of San Antonio

Contractor:  Tom Lovell of Denton

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a four story native limestone, red colored granite, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Waco. The building has a raised basement. The southeast front has a projecting center section with high stair to a porch supported by four columns rising to a header with the fourth story above with pediment. On the center of the roof is a large white colored octagonal dome with the statue of Themis, the Greek personification of Justice at the top and eagles around the bottom of the curved dome. The dome was inspired by St. Peters Basilica in Rome. The interior is ornate. There is a cruciform plan with corridors extending lengthwise through each wing. At the center is a rotunda which extends up to the dome which has stained-glass art pieces with brilliant blue hues and star designs gracing the inside ceiling of the dome. The courtrooms are located on the third and fourth stories at the ends of the cross wings. The Court of Appeals courtroom is located on the third story and has columns made of Kennesaw marble. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court, County Courts at Law and County Justice Court and houses the Tenth Court of Appeals.

 

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

 

See:  The contractor, Tom Lovell of Denton, also constructed courthouses in Brazonia CountyBrewster CountyCoryell County,Denton CountyHamilton CountyHardeman CountyHill County and Runnels County.

 

County Courthouse Annex – Waco 

 

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Location:  225 North 6th Street / Washington Avenue

Built:  1951 – 1952

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Walter Cocke, Jr. and Harvey L Spicer

Contractor:  McClellan-Brown- McClellan.

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a four story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Waco and is connected by a passageway to the courthouse on the east side. The southwest front has a stone framed central entrance with five rectangular openings. The roof line is flat. The building houses the State District Court. 

 

County Records Building – Waco 

 

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Location:  215 North 5th Street / Washington Avenue

Built:  1986 – 1988

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Dudley Bailey Jezeb & Rose Inc.

Contractor:  R E Hable Company.

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story buff and brown colored concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Waco on the north side of the courthouse. The southeast corner has framed entrances with recessed glass walls. The roof overhangs and is supported by a pillar. The windows are horizontal and the roof line is flat. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1850 and Waco was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log cabin built by John S Blair in Waco in 1851. The second courthouse was a brick structure built by Robert H Smith and N M Saunders in 1857 at a cost of $11,000. The third courthouse was a brick structure designed by Wesley Clarke Dodson and constructed by Trice & Harris and J W Mann & Brothers in 1877 at a cost of $24,894. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $100,000. The County Courthouse Annex was constructed in 1951 to 1952. The County Records Building was constructed in 1986 to 1988.

 

Other Courthouses / Court of Appeals

 

 Waco  (  Tenth Court of Appeals  ) 

 

 

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County Courthouse – Waco

 

 

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State District Court courtroom

 

 

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County Court at Law courtroom

 

 

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Commissioner Room

 

 

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County Courthouse Annex – Waco

 

 

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County Records Building – Waco

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2017