Colorado County Courthouse

1891, 1910
Columbus, Texas
National Register of Historic Places, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, State Archeological Landmark
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Key Issues

• Emergency stabilization and repair of failed ornamental plaster ceiling

• Roof, cornice and copper dome restoration

• Upgrade electrical system

• Window and masonry restoration

• Accessibility improvements to entries and courtrooms

“VA was there when we needed them.  They are bright, hardworking, intense, and knowledgeable.”

– Judge Al Jamison, retired Colorado County Judge

  • Colorado County Courthouse stained glass
  • Colorado County Courthouse dome drawing
  • Colorado County Courthouse dome restoration
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  • Colorado County Courthouse roof
  • Colorado County Courthouse exterior

 

Courthouse architect Eugene Heiner designed the original Italianate courthouse in 1891. The building was constructed of locally made brick and capped with a tall central clock tower.  In 1909 a hurricane ripped through the county, destroying the tower and much of the original roof form.  The County repaired the damage, reconstructing the roof in the newer Classical Revival style without the tower.  Instead, the new design included a beautiful central stained glass dome in the District Courtroom.

 

Volz & Associates was selected as restoration architect after a large section of the courtroom ceiling collapsed without warning in 2007.  Since then, we have provided master planning that has allowed the county to receive multiple Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation grants to fund multiple restoration phases for this unique Texas landmark.

Excerpt from Master Plan