Texas Architect March/April 2006: Preservation
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P O R T F O L I O : C o u rt h o u s e P r e s e r v a tio n Red River County Courthouse 1 project client Red River County Courthouse Restoration, Clarksville Red River County architect ARCHITEXAS-Architecture, Planning, and Historic Preservation, Inc. contractor Harrison Walker & Harper parts of the external stone cladding. The original color tower restoration and throughout the building. A two-story hyphen connecting the courthouse and annex was removed, Jaster-Quintanilla and Associates (structural/civil); two structures and an open breezeway linking the first levels. Inside, portions of elaborate hand-painted calcimine Acoustics & Video (audio visual); Acoustic Design Associates (acous- details were discovered and recreated, and the woodwork tics); IntroSpec (building envelope and specifications); EcoSystems was treated with a faux bois finishing technique used in Environmental (hazardous materials) the original construction that simulates cherry and walnut photographer Carolyn Brown 8 replaced by a connection joining the second floors of the O’Dea, Lynch, Abbattista Consulting Engineers (MEP); Electro consultants 6 7 palette, determined by paint analysis, was replicated in the wood grain. New electrical, data, and sprinkler systems were concealed under the wood flooring of the second Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and level, allowing for the restoration of offices with minimal registered as a Texas Historic Landmark and a Texas State visibility of the mechanical systems. The $4.4 million Archeological Landmark, Red River County Courthouse in restoration project was completed in August 2004. Clarksville became the eighth courthouse rededicated A s h l e y 1 6 9 5 1 10 4 11 3 S t . C l a i r under the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Courthouse 12 2 Preservation Program. Sensitive to the historic relevance of the courthouse, ARCHITEXAS developed the restoration 46 master plan for the 22,431–sf structure to ensure accuracy r e s o u r c e s stained concrete finish : and to recapture the historical character and materials restoration and cleaning : Prosoco; metal fabrications : Julius Blum & Co.; L.M. Scofield Company; masonry while enabling the space to meet the needs of a modern waterproofing and damp proofing : county government. THC approved two different time peri- Restoration; vapor retarders : Reef Industries; roof hatches : The Bilco ods to serve as reference points: the courthouse interior Company; was restored to its original 1884 condition to preserve the access doors and panels : unique decorative features found inside, and the building’s Safeguard Security Services; gypsum fabrications : National Gypsum exterior was returned to its 1910 appearance when an Company; tile : Daltile; paints : Sherwin-Williams; veneer plaster : Fry joint sealers : CETCO; structural steel : Phoenix 1 Degussa (Sonneborn Building Products); CESCO Products; bullet resisting windows : annex was added. Matching ochre-colored limestone, Reglet Corp.; interior luminaires : Lithonia Lighting, Rejuvenation Lamp harvested from the original quarry, replaced deteriorated and Fixture, d’ac Lighting t e x a s a r c h i t e c t Ground floor plan 1 primary entrance 2 district clerk 3 stair 4 multi-use law library 5 south vestibule 6 office 7 storage 8 investigator 9 North Vestibule 10 Reception 11 county attorney 12 district clerk vault N 3 / 4 2 0 0 6