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Caldwell County

Caldwell County is named for Mathew Coldwell, who was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a soldier during the Texas Revolution.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Travis County and Bastrop County

E – Fayette County and Gonzales County

S – Guadalupe County

W – Hays County

 

Created:  March 6, 1848                         Map of Texas highlighting Caldwell County

County Seat: 

Lockhart  1848 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lockhart  

 

Location:  110 South Main Street / San Antonio Street

Built:  1893 – 1894

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  Henri E M Guindon of Gilies and Guindon

Contractor:  Martin, Byrne & Johnston

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story Muldoon Blue sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lockhart. The north front has a recessed arched entrance on the first story with semi-circular window on the second story and balcony on the third story. On either side of the entrance are Square towers with steep roofs rising above the roof line. On each corner of the building is a square tower with mansard roof. The building is trimmed with Pecos red colored sandstone. On the center of the roof is a high square clock tower with clock and steep roof at the top. In the interior, the former courtroom on the second story has a balcony extending into the third story. The building was restored in 1999 to 2000. The architect was Ford, Powell & Carson, Inc., the contractor was American Restoration, Inc. and the project manager was Herndon Stauch & Associates Inc.

 

See: The architect, Alfred Giles of San Antonio also desitgned the courthouses in Brooks County, Gillespie County* Goliad County, ** Kendall CountyLive Oak CountyPresidio CountyWebb County and Wilson County    * Giles worked with Henry E M Guidon and the Caldwell and Goliad courthouse are similar in design. **Kendall couthouse 1909 addition.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Caldwell County Courthouse

 

County Justice Center – Lockhart  

 

Location:  1703 S Colorado Street / E Martin L King Boulevard

Built:  2014

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Steinbomer, Bramwell & Yrazel Architects of Austin

Contractor:  Braun & Butler Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds to the south of the center of Lockhart. The building, a former Wal Mart store was remodeled for use as the County Justice Center in 2014. The east front has a central raised entrance with four vertical pilasters and horizontal windows at the top. The roof line is flat. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Court at Law. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1848 and Lockhart was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was erected in 1848. The second courthouse was a two story limestone structure built in 1858. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1893 to 1894.

  

Former County Judicial Center – Lockhart  

 

 

Location:  201 East San Antonio Street / North Commerce Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a one story concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Lockhart. The southwest entrance has a projecting red colored overhang. Along the south and west sides are vertical pillars. The roof line is flat. The building was a former savings and loan company. The building ceased to be the County Justice Center in 2014.

 

 

County Courthouse – Lockhart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former County Judicial Center – Lockhart

Photos taken 2014 and 2019