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Anderson County Courthouse (Palestine, Texas)

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Built  1914
Designated RTHL  1988
Phone  +1 903-723-7403
Added to NRHP  28 September 1992
NRHP Reference #  92001256
Opened  1914
Architectural style  Neoclassical architecture
Architect  Charles Henry Page
Anderson County Courthouse (Palestine, Texas)
Location  1 Public Sq, Palestine, Texas
Address  500 N Church St # 43, Palestine, TX 75801, USA
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The Anderson County Courthouse is an historic courthouse located at 1 Public Square in Palestine, Anderson County, Texas. The Beaux-Arts style building was built atop the highest hill in Palestine. Austin architects Charles Henry Page and Louis Charles Page designed the structure. It was built in 1913 and 1914 and dedicated on December 20, 1914 at a cost of approximately $250,000.

Anderson County was created by the Texas Legislature on March 24, 1846, and named for former Republic of Texas Vice-President Kenneth L. Anderson. The first Anderson County Courthouse was a one-story wood frame structure built in 1847. It was replaced by a two-story brick courthouse in 1856. The third courthouse, built of brick and completed in 1886, by noted Texas courthouse architect Wesley Clark Dodson (1829-1914) of Waco. It was destroyed by arson in 1913 purportedly to destroy incriminating documents. The current Anderson County Courthouse is the fourth structure to serve as the seat of Anderson County government. The courthouse uses a Beaux-Arts bi-axial arrangement with a rotunda crowned by an inner art glass dome with an outer dome surmounted by Lady Justice. The building is three stories with a raised basement. It is finished in brick, rock and terra cotta. The design includes projecting porticos with pediments on all four elevations each with six ionic columns.

The courthouse underwent major restoration in 1986 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 28, 1992.

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Anderson County Courthouse (Palestine, Texas) Wikipedia


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