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Medina County

Medina County is named for the Medina River which flows through the county, and the river was named for Pedro Medina, a Spanish engineer.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bandera County

E – Bexar County and Atascosa County 

S – Frio County

W – Uvalde County

 

Created:  February 12, 1848                  Map of Texas highlighting Medina County

County Seat: 

Castroville  1848 – 1892

Hondo        1892 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hondo

 

Location:  1100 16th Street / Avenue M

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  Martin, Byrne & Johnston

Contractor:  Martin, Byrne & Johnston

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story yellowish colored limestone  structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of the Hondo. The south front has a small stone framed doorway with balcony on the second story and rising to a peaked roof above the third story. The building is recessed on the east and west with two story wings on the east and west sides. The center of the roof rises with a low red colored roofed section. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story and extends into the third story with a small gallery on the third story.. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court, County Court at Law and County Justice Court. In 1938 to 1940, the building was enlarged with two story wings added and the clock tower removed. The architect was Joseph Palle and the contractor was F T Drought under the Work Projects Administration. In 1988, the building was restored. The architect was Jesse O Fernandez and the contractor was Merkin Construction Inc. and Hydro Lazer DBA White Stone Contractors. On the northeast side is the two story limestone jail constructed in 1893.

 

 

County Courthouse Annex – Hondo

 

Location:  1300 Avenue M / 14th Street

Built:  2019 – 2021

Style:  Modern

Architect:  RVK Architects of San Antonio

Contractor:  Teel Construction of Channelview

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story yellowish colored limestone  and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the Hondo to the northwest of the courthouse. The east front has a slightly projecting center section with entrance on the first story, large window on the second story and rising to a hipped roof. Along the flat roof line sloped sections extend from the building. In the interior there is a long center corridor with staircase rising to the second story. There are two large  courtrooms located on the second story. 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Castroville

 

 

Location:  1209 Fiorella Street / London Street

Built:  1854 – 1855

Style:  Second Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Joseph Burger

Contractor:  Joseph Burger

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and has 18 inch thick walls. On the west side are double steps to the second story entrance. An addition was built in 1879. The contractor was Blasius Kiefler. The building was remodeled in 1936.

 

History:  The county was created in 1848 and Castroville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story stone structure built in 1854 to 1855 and is still standing. The county seat was moved to Hondo in 1892. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1892 to 1893 at a cost of $40,000. The stone for the building was quarried from Joseph Decker’s ranch which was seven miles northeast of Hondo. The County Courthouse Annex was constructed in 20190 to 2021 at a cost of $12,000,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Hondo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail – Hondo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Castroville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2017