016 of 254: Washington County Courthouse, Brenham, Texas. County Population: 33,718
"The Birthplace of Texas"
Washington County, Texas
"The area remained unsettled by Europeans until 1821, when settlers recruited by Stephen F. Austin moved into the region. Many, though not all, of the Old Three Hundred colonists settled in what is now Washington County. [Washington on the Brazos] was the site of the Convention of 1836, which issued the Texas Declaration of Independence and established the ad interim government. Washington County was formally established by the legislature of the Republic of Texas in 1836 and was organized in 1837."
James L. Hailey and John Leffler, "WASHINGTON COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Washington County Courthouse 1939
Photo, circa 1939, courtesy of TXDOT.
This white limestone clad edifice is a typical example of the WPA funded courthouses. It features Art Deco or Moderne style ornament. The architect was Travis Broesche.
The building is just in fair condition. And, the clocks don't work. "Time" for a restoration!