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GREGG COUNTY COURTHOUSES
Longview, Texas

Gregg County has had three courthouses: 1879, 1897 and 1932

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Longview TX Gregg County courthouse architectural detail
Gregg County Courthouse eagle
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Gregg County Courthouse - Longview, Texas

Date - 1932
Architect - Voelcker and Dixon
Style - Art Deco
Material - Brick, terra cotta & marble
Longview TX Gregg County courthouse
"The 1932 Gregg County courthouse today.
A large modern addition is attached to the western side of the building."

- Terry Jeanson, December 2007 photo
Longview Texas Gregg County courthouse architectural detail
Gregg County Courthouse architectural detail
TE photo, 5-2002
Confederate statue on the Gregg County courthouse lawn, Longview texas
Confederate statue
TE photo, 2003
Goddess and the Confederate marker on the Gregg County courthouse lawn
A goddess inscribing the names of Confederate heroes on the Gregg County courthouse lawn
TE photo, 5-2002
Longview Texas Gregg County courthouse old photo
Gregg County courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
1932  Gregg County Courthouse & courthouse ground, Longview TX old postcard
1932  Gregg County Courthouse & confederate statues. Longview TX  old post card
Another early view of the 1932 Gregg County Courthouse
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

1897 Gregg County Courthouse - Longview, Texas

Longview TX 1897 Gregg County Courthouse
Photographer's Note:
"Photo of the former courthouse in the basement of the current courthouse. The caption below the photo read as follows:
1897 COURTHOUSE - The second courthouse built on Block No. 9 was accepted by the Commissioners Court on November 24, 1897. This courthouse was designed by Marshall R. Sanguinet or Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Sanguinet was famous for his courthouse designs. The structure was built by G. W. Donaghey on the site of the 1879 courthouse, in the middle of the block. This Romanesque style building was made of dark red brick, giving rise to later Gregg County residents referring to it as "The Old Red Courthouse". It was a two-story building with a three-story tower contiguous with the extended entrance which had a small turret at each corner. The remainder of the roof was gabled. It utilized some of the native sandstone, re-finished, from the previous courthouse. It also had some of the white limestone from the earlier building above the windows and over the arched entrance. The courthouse had four chimneys."
- Terry Jeanson, December 2007
Longview TX 1897 Gregg County Courthouse old postcard
1897 Gregg County Courthouse
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
1879 Gregg County Courthouse - Longview, Texas
Longview TX 1879 Gregg County Courthouse
Photographer's Note:
"Photo of the former courthouse in the basement of the current courthouse. The caption below the photo read as follows:
1879 COURTHOUSE - The first courthouse built on this site, Block No. 9, was designed by Frederick Ernst Ruffini of Austin, Texas. Ruffini and his brother, Oscar, designed several courthouses, jails, banks, stores and homes all over Texas. John McDonald built this structure at a cost of $13,447.00. The courthouse displayed Second Empire features with both Roman and stilted arches, pilasters of colossal order with carved capitols, and cut stonework around the entrance. A strongly profiled stringcourse at the base of these pilasters created a base for the first story. Pilasters below this were rusticated, as if to create the effect of stone construction. A dominant tower housed four clock faces and a bell. Native sandstone from nearby Methvin Hill was used in portions of the building."
- Terry Jeanson, December 2007
1879 Gregg County Courthouse, Longview Texas old photo
1879 Gregg County Courthouse
Photo courtesy THC
Gregg County Towns and Ghost Towns
County Seat - Longview
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