|North door, appears to no longer be in use|
|Mansard roof south elevation|
Built in the Second Empire style much favored for public buildings of the period, its dominant visual feature is its characteristic Mansard roof, treated with much greater elaboration than some of its contemporaries such as F.E. Ruffini’s Blanco County Courthouse. (quoted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination, added 1977)The design is attributed to Frederick E. (Ernst) Ruffini, but in truth the plan is an adaptation of W.W. Larmour's design for the Tom Green County 1885 Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas. Ruffini's brother, Oscar, had established a practice in San Angelo and was serving as supervising architect for the courthouse construction. He sent the plans and a photograph of the building to Ernst who modified them for the Old Blanco County Courthouse and for the Concho County Courthouse. Both brothers used the plans to design several other courthouses which have all been demolished except for the Sutton County Courthouse. When Ernst passed away in late 1885 Oscar oversaw the completion of the Concho County Courthouse.
|South elevation - when I looked through the door I could see a beautiful staircase decorated for Christmas!|
Just to note: I do plan to return when the building is open and see if I can make photographs and find pictures from the past on display.