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Menard County

Menard County is named for Michael Branamour Menard, who was the founder of Galveston, Texas.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Concho County and  McCulloch County

E – McCulloch County and Mason County

S – Kimble County

W – Schleicher County

 

Created:  January 22, 1858                    Map of Texas highlighting Menard County

County Seat: 

Menard  1871 – present

 

County Courthouse – Menard  

 

Location:  213 San Saba Street / Gay Street

Built:  1930 – 1931

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Withers & Thompson of Fort Worth

Contractor:  E D Porter

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a four story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Menard. There are two story wings on the east and west sides. The entrance is a one story extension and is framed by a rectangular opening. The base of the building is concrete and the roof line is flat. In the interior, there is an entrance lobby with staircases. The courtroom is located on the second story and contains wooden furniture and wainscoting chandeliers and gold colored trim painted on the sides of the folding seats in the gallery located at the rear. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court. The building was restored in 2006. The architect was Wagner & Klein, Inc. and the contractor was Stoddard Construction Company.

 

See:  The architect, Withers & Thompson, also designed the courthouse in  Young County. The construction materials are different in both courthouses, but the internal and external design is very similar.

 

History:  The county was created in 1858 and Menard was selected as the county sear in 1871 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was built in 1880. The second courthouse was designed by T O Minor and built by Vickory & Hayes in 1886. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1930 to 1931.

 

 

County Courthouse – Menard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2006 and 2017