Archer County Courthouse and Jail (NRIS 77001424)
Public Sq. and Sycamore and Pecan Sts.,
Texas. County/parish: Archer.
2 contributing buildings.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
December 23, 1977.
- Archer County Courthouse and Jail
- The Archer County Courthouse and Jail is a historic courthouse building on Public Square and Sycamore and Pecan Streets in Archer City, Texas.
Archer County was organized in 1880. The Romanesque style courthouse was built during 1891-92 and replaced a wooden courthouse from 1880. An architectural design competition was held, and the Romanesque Revival-style design of architect Alonzo N. Dawson of Fort Worth was chosen out of 25 submissions.The contract amount for construction was $32,500. The exterior walls of the courthouse are of brown sandstone obtained from a nearby quarry. Originally, the building was two-story and rising from the center of the courthouse was a massive octagonal tower, with four clock faces, terminated with a cupola. The tower was removed in 1928 and a third floor was added.
The jail, a block north of the courthouse, was built in 1910.The courthouse and jail were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. (read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/77001424