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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


project client

Red River County Courthouse Restoration, Clarksville

Red River County


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


Carolyn Brown


replaced by a connection joining the second floors of the

O’Dea, Lynch, Abbattista Consulting Engineers (MEP); Electro




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






10 4 11


S t . C l a i r

under the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Courthouse



Preservation Program. Sensitive to the historic relevance of the courthouse, ARCHITEXAS developed the restoration


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


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


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