Details for Limestone County Courthouse (Atlas Number 5293012031)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5293012031

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Marker Number 12031
Atlas Number 5293012031
Marker Title Limestone County Courthouse
Index Entry Limestone County Courthouse
Address 200 W. State St.
City Groesbeck
County Limestone
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes courthouses; Classical Revival (architectural style)
Marker Year 1998
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Limestone County was established in 1846. Springfield served as the first county seat, but geographic boundary changes and the burning of the Springfield Courthouse led to the designation of Groesbeck as the county seat in December 1873. Three more official courthouses served the county before the early 1920s. The county employed the midwest engineering company of Amarillo to draw up plans for a new structure in 1923. The William Rice Construction Company, also of Amarillo, received a contract for $300,000 to erect this structure. Rice had been the contractor for both the Lipscomb and Lynn County courthouses. A fine example of a classical revival building with beaux arts influences, the 1924 Limestone County Courthouse is a variation on the most common themes of early 20th century courthouses. Then-modern construction methods, such as reinforced concrete structural systems covered in brick and terra cotta, were employed. The elevations -- classical columns flanking the windows, upper floors adorned with balustrades and elaborate cornucopia moldings -- indicate that the edifice is intended to be viewed from all sides. The Limestone County Courthouse functions as the heart of Limestone County and it continues to be used for daily county governmental business. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1998