Details for Anderson County Courthouse (Atlas Number 5001008732)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5001008732


Marker Number 8732
Atlas Number 5001008732
Marker Title Anderson County Courthouse
Index Entry Anderson County Courthouse
Address 500 N. Church St.
City Palestine
County Anderson
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 251319
UTM Northing 3517324
Subject Codes Beaux Arts; courthouses; design and construction
Marker Year 1988
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location courthouse square, corner of Lacy and Church
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Created by the Texas Legislature on March 24, 1846, Anderson County was named for former Republic of Texas Vice President Kenneth L. Anderson. The first court in the new county was held in a log house at nearby Fort Houston in 1846. The first Anderson County Courthouse, a one-story frame structure, was built in 1847. Located on the northeast corner of the square, it was replaced by a two-story brick courthouse in 1856. A third courthouse, also brick, was completed in 1886 but was destroyed by fire in 1913. The fourth and present Anderson County Courthouse was built in 1913-14. Designed by the Austin architectural firm of Charles Page & Bro., it was dedicated on December 20, 1914. The Beaux-Arts style building features giant order Ionic columns and pedimented porticoes on each facade, and is topped by a dome surmounted by a Justice statue. Still in use as the seat of justice for Anderson County, the courthouse underwent major restoration in 1986. The historically and architecturally significant building serves as a source of pride for county residents. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1988