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DeWitt County Courthouse p r o j e c t DeWitt c l i e n t  DeWitt

County Courthouse and Annex, Cuero

a r c h i t e c t TWC

Landmark, State Archeological Landmark, and is listed


d e s i g n t e a m Kim

A. Williams, AIA; H. Glenn Reed, AIA; Patrick

in the National Register of Historic Places. Having undergone a total interior “modernization” in 1953, the

Sparks, PE; Tom Green, PE c o n t r a c t o r JT

Located in Cuero’s downtown historic district, DeWitt County Courthouse (1896) is a Recorded Texas Historic


courthouse was restored in 2008 by TWC Architects of

Michel Construction Green and Company Engineers (MEP); Sparks

Austin as part of the Texas Historic Courthouse Pres-

Engineering (structural); Source (paint/finish analyst and con-

ervation Program administered by the Texas Historical


Commission. The architects restored the exterior and

c o n s u l t a n t s Tom

primary public spaces to their 1896 appearance while North Country Slate (American Roofing & Metal

sensitively addressing functional use of the building

Co.); reconstructed stone and masonry restoration : Curtis Hunt Res-

in the 21st century. Major challenges included interior


Garces Metal Specialties;

historic reconstruction, exterior masonry deteriora-

architectural metal work , roof tiles , roofing : American Roofing & Metal

tion, asbestos, outdated MEP systems, an incomplete

Co.; architectural woodwork and specialty doors : Lancaster Industries;

fire sprinkler system, outdated fire/smoke detection

tile : Maw & Company (Tile Source); paints : Sherwin-Williams; signage :

systems, non-historic roof materials, gut ter and

r e s o u r c e s slate :

metal castings and handrails :

Design Center Signs;

blinds , shutters and shades :

(Window Fashions of Texas)

Hunter Douglas

3 3


downspout deterioration, and site-drainage problems. The $7.4 million restoration incorporates a slate roof,


Victorian floor tile from England, hundreds of square feet of pine woodwork recreated to match the original, complex exterior masonry restoration, and new MEP systems. County volunteers, trained and supervised by a paint conservator, painted hundreds of new ceiling tiles that were custom-made to match an original piece

section 1 county clerk offices 2 County Courtroom 3 District courtroom

of pressed metal cornice. Dedications and inscriptions were marked on the backside of each tile for posterity. Most county services previously housed in the building remain located within the historic structure. N o e l l e

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