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Courthouses of Texas (1962)

by Clark Coursey

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I have VERY mixed opinions about this book. It's valuable for the historical photographs of every one of the 254 active courthouses in Texas (all pictures were taken by the author around 1959-60), and in documenting several that no longer exist, or have been replaced by modern structures. However, the accompanying text is very unreliable when it comes to the buildings' architecture. The author had NO understanding of architectural styles, and his identifications are often wildly wrong and misleading. He also includes no identifying information about architects or contractors, which is disappointing. It can sometimes be helpful, or even surprising, to find that a particular courthouse was designed by A. O. Watson or J. Riely Gordon, or built by Martin, Byrne & Johnston.

This title is a difficult one to find; only 1,000 copies were printed, and it's definitely collectible Texana, but for a more complete and enlightening book on Texas courthouses, it's worth hunting out June Rayfield Welch's The Texas Courthouse Revisited (now out of print, but still readily findable). ( )
  Marchbanks | Jan 20, 2008 |
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