Throckmorton County Courthouse Renovations Halfway Complete

Throckmorton County Courthouse Renovations Halfway Complete

A multi-million dollar project is about halfway done at the Throckmorton County Courthouse. Grant money is taking care of the majority of the project, which county officials say was needed as their courthouse is about 123 years old.
Hammers are flying at the Throckmorton County Courthouse.

Trey Carrington, Throckmorton County judge, says, "Like anything that old, of course, needs some major upkeep, and we just felt this was the best way to accomplish the program for our courthouse was to do a grant through the Texas Historical Commission."

They received a nearly $2.4 million grant from the THC through their Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation program.

The county is funding a little more than $400 thousand of the project for a grand total of more than $2.8 million.

"In order to get the grant, we had to put the courthouse back to the original courthouse that was built," Carrington says. "We had to tear off the annex part of the courthouse that was built in 1939."

Kenath Hawkins, co-owner of KBL Restoration, says, "It's a full restoration, so that means it's getting the exterior and the interior of the courthouse done."

"And, of course, several years ago, the cupula was destroyed off the top of it, and that's one thing that's going to be put back on," Carrington says.

"We're doing everything we can to go back to historic photographs and get historic evidence of everything that was in here," Hawkins says.

Crews are expected to complete the restoration project in November and county officials hope the courthouse will be fully-operational by the beginning of next year.

The new cupula is being built in Ohio.

It will be dedicated at the Throckmorton County Courthouse Thursday, June 12.

Starting at 6:30, you can take pictures with the structure.

That will be followed by a cookout, a dedication ceremony, and a street dance.

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