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LLANO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Llano, Texas

Llano County has had four courthouses:
1859 (burned in 1880),
1881,
1885 (burned in 1892) and
1892.

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Llano Texas,  Llano County courthouse with its  restored  clock tower
The 1892 Llano County courthouse with its restored tower.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2007

The Present Llano County Courthouse
- Llano, Texas

The Llano County Courthouse was built in 1892. This is Llano County's fourth courthouse and was designed by A. O. Watson and Jacob Larmour. A fire on January 22, 1892 destroyed the previous courthouse. The present one was completed August 1, 1893.

Historical Marker:

Llano County Courthouse

Designed by Austin architect A. O. Watson, this building is the fourth courthouse for Llano County. Work on the structure began in 1892 and was completed one year later. The contractors were J. A. and G. H. Wilson of Sulphur Springs. The courthouse was later surrounded by an iron fence, but only the stone foundations remain. Exterior styling of the building features detailing of sandstone, marble, and granite. Fires damaged the interior in 1932 and 1952.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1980

Llano County Courthouse cornerstone, Texas
The courthouse cornerstone
TE photo
Photographer's Note:

"The architectural firm of Larmour & Watson was apparently dissolved during the construction of this building, which is why only Watson's name is on the cornerstone.

According to the Texas Historical Commission, the original tower was modified to the former pavilion shaped tower in 1913. The restoration of the original tower with its colonnades and cupola increases the height of the structure. The iron cresting on the roof has also been restored." - Terry Jeanson
Restored clock tower on the Llano County courthouse
The restored tower on the Llano County courthouse.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2007
Courthouse tower before restoration
TE photo, August 2001
Llano County courthouse and doughboy statue, Texas  vintage photo
The Llano County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Llano County courthouse, Llano Texas old post card
Llano County courthouse with clear view of the clock tower
Vintage postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
Llano county courthouse before clocktower restoration, Llano, Texas
Llano County Courthouse as it appeared in 2003
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2003
TX - Llano county courthouse
Back view of Llano County Courthouse
TE Photo, August 2001
American Doughboy Statue and Llano county Courthouse, Llano, Texas
American Doughboy Statue and Llano County Courthouse
Sculptor - Frank Teich

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2003
Llano County courthouse, Texas 1960s
The courthouse in the 1960s
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
Llano TX, view of Llano CountyCourhouse from Llano River Bridge
"This postcard of the Llano River Bridge must have been taken before 1913 because it looks like the original cupola is still on the tower." - Terry Jeanson.
Postcard courtesy William Beauchamp

The Llano County Courthouse
Clock Tower Restoration

Llano TX, Llano County courthouse during the tower  retoration
The Llano County courthouse during the tower restoration.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2006
Llano TX, Llano County courthouse clock tower restoration
The pieces of the new tower assembled on the courthouse lawn.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2006
Llano TX, Llano County courthouse clock tower restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2006
Llano TX, Llano County courthouse clock tower restoration
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2006

The 1885 Llano County Courthouse
- Llano, Texas
Photographer's Note:
"The previous 1885 courthouse, designed by architect Alfred Giles, was practically identical to the 1882 Gillespie County courthouse which still stands today in Fredericksburgand is used as a library." - Terry Jeanson
1882 Gillespie County Courthouse, 1882 Gillespie County courthouse, Fredericksburg, Texas
The 1882 Gillespie County courthouse in Fredericksburg
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2006

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