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Presidio County

Presidio County is named for Presidio del Norte, an eighteenth century fort and settlement on the south side of the Rio Grande.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jeff Davis County

E – Brewster County

S – Mexico

W – Mexico

 

Created:  January 3, 1850                      Map of Texas highlighting Presidio County

County Seat: 

Fort Leaton  1850 – 1875

Fort Davis    1875 – 1885

Marfa           1885 – present

 

County Courthouse – Marfa

 

Location:  320 North Highland Avenue / Lincoln Street

Built:  1885 – 1886

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  Alfred Gilies of San Antonio

Contractor:  James H Britton

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story pink colored stuccoed brick and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. On each corner is a three story tower with mansard roof. The center sections project and have entrances on the first story and rise to pediments at the roof line. There is stone trim above the windows. On the center of the roof is a large octagonal dome with columns, steep black colored roof and statue at the top. The large courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The building was restored in 2001. To the north is the Old County Jail constructed in 1885.

 

See: The architect, Alfred Giles of San Antonio also desitgned the courthouses in Brooks County, Caldwell CountyGillespie 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.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1880 in Fort Davis now the county seat of Jeff Davis County since 1887. The county seat was moved to Marfa in 1885. The cost of construction of the second and present courthouse was $60,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Marfa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture `1880 County Courthouse in Fort Davis

 

 

Old County Jail – Marfa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2014 and 2019