Tarrant County

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Tarrant County is named for Edward H Tarrant, who drove the Native Americans out of the state and opened up the land for settlement.

 

Created:  December 20, 1849 

County Seat: 

Birdville          1850 – 1856

Forth Worth  1856 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fort Worth

 

Location:  100 West Weatherford Street / Commerce Street

Built:  1894 – 1895

Style:  Texas Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Gunn & Curtis

Contractor:  Probst Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a four story red colored granite  structure. The building has a center section which extends from the main building. The entrance has a four double column portico with balcony above.  A narrow square tower rises in the center with clock and black dome at the top. On the east and west are green colored domed towers. An addition was added in 1956, but has been demolished to allow the courthouse to stand alone on courthouse square.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed and constructed by Thomas & Warner in 1878.

 

County Justice Center – Fort Worth

 

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Location:  401 West Belknap Street / Taylor Street

Built:  1988 – 1990

Style:  Modern

Architect:  FRS Design Group

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a ten story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The first and second stories has large pillars with walkway on the first story. The upper stories have horizontal windows with large vertical windows at the center section. There is a green colored pyramid on the flat roof. The building is named as the Tim Curry Justice Center. The building houses the Court of Appeals 2nd District.

 

Old County Criminal Courts Building – Fort Worth

 

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Location:  200 West Belknap Street / Houston Street

Built:  1916 – 1918

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Sanguinet & Staats

Contractor:  Taylor Building Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a seven story buff colored brick and Texas granite structure. The south front has a one story Texas granite portico with two columns and two large pillars with balustrade at the third store. Stairs ascend to a recessed entrance on the second story. There is a similar portico on the east side. Sandstone faces the first and second stories and buff colored brick coves the upper section of the building. The windows are vertical A projecting cornice runs below the roof line. The building was remodeled in 1951. The architect was Wyatt C Hedrick. The building was further remodeled in 1970. The building is connected to the new Criminal Courts Building along the west side,

 

County Criminal Courts Building – Fort Worth

 

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Location:  300 West Belknap Street / Houston Street

Built:  1960 – 1962

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Easterwood & Easterwood

Contractor:  Butcher & Sweeney

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a cream colored brick and concrete ten story structure. The building has a polished stone framed central entrance at the center of the first story. Polished stone faces the first story. There are no windows and the roof line is flat. The building is named as the Thomas R Windham Police Building. The building is connected to the old Criminal Courts Building on the east side and the County Jail on the west side.

 

County Civil Courts Building – Fort Worth

 

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Location:  900 North Calhoun Street / East Weatherford Street

Built:  2012 – 2015

Style:  Modern

Architect:  HOK / HKS

Contractor:  Yates / Vendigm

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a six story red colored brick, pink colored granite stone and concrete structure. The west front is curved slightly with wide arch with pillars and recessed glass wall and entrance on the first story. Above are three large vertical windows. The top stories have large horizontal windows, There are three of 40 foot tall Indiana limestone angels which were outside the previous civil courts building which was demolished in 2013. Red colored brick faces the other three sides of the building. The roof line is flat. Interior lobbies have granite walls and terrazzo floors and the courtrooms are finished with wood paneling and trim. The building is named as the Tom Vandergriff Civil Courts Building. The project manager was Broaddus & Associates.

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $74,000,000.

 

County Family Law Center – Fort Worth

 

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Location:  200 East Weatherford Street / Commerce Street

Built:  2003 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  David A Schwarz / Architectural Services Inc. of Washington, DC and Gideon Toal Inc. of Fort Worth

Contractor:  Gilbane Building Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and  is a modern five story red colored brick, pink colored granite stone and concrete structure. The central entrance is on the first story of the north front. The first story is faced with stone. Narrow horizontal bands run below the flat roof line. 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Fort Worth

 

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Location:  101 West Weatherford Street / Commerce Street

Built:  1981 – 1983

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Albert S Komatsu & Associates

Contractor:  Walker Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a five story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building has a central entrance at the center of the first story. Large vertical glass walls cover the north front. The roof line is flat.  The building sits across from the courthouse.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Wise County and Denton County

E – Dallas County

S – Ellis County and Johnson County

W – Parker County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2006 and 2014