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Waller County

Waller County is named for Edwin Waller, who was the first mayor of Austin and a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Washington County and Grimes County

E – Montgomery County and Harris County

S – Fort Bend County

W – Austin County and Washington County

 

Created:  April 28, 1873                          Map of Texas highlighting Waller County

County Seat: 

Hempstead  1873 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hempstead  

 

Location:  836 Austin Street / 9th Street

Built:  1955 – 1956

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Herbert Voelcker

Contractor:  Baxter Construction Company, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red-orange colored brick, concrete, limestone and glass structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Hempstead. The building has a large limestone faced center section framing the entrance. Vertical concrete dividers separate the windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior the County District Court courtroom is located on the second story and is panneled with light colored wood. The building houses the County District Court, County Constitutional Court, County Court of Law and County Justice Court. Located on the southwest corner of the grounds is a tower with the clock and bell from the 1894 courthouse.

 

New County Courthouse – Hempstead  

 

Location:  836 Austin Street / 9th Street

Built:  1955 – 2023 – 2025

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Brinkley Sargent Wiginton

Contractor:  Sedalco Construction Services

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a four story red-orange and buff colored brick, concrete, limestone and glass structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Hempstead. The building will resemble the 1894 courthouse. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1873 and Hempstead was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a rented frame structure called the “Texas House”. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1877. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1893. The third courthouse was designed by A O Watson and constructed by M Clark of Galveston built in 1894. The building was demolished in 1955 when the present and fourth courthouse was constructed in 1955 to 1956. The fifth courthouse was constructed in 2023 to 2025 at a cost of $43,000,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Hempstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Courthouse Clock and Bell (1894) – Hempstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courthouse 2006 – Hempstead

Courthouse 2006 and 2014