Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Courthouse restoration nixed in Medina County, Texas

The Medina County Courthouse to remain unrestored.

Allowed to fall into decreptitude?

The photo is how the courthouse looked in 1939.  Note it had a clock-tower at the time which has long since been removed.  I think it was a handsome courthouse with the clock-tower. 

Oh well.

Medina courthouse restoration project loses steam
By Zeke MacCormack - Express-News

HONDO — Medina County commissioners balked Monday at committing to a $5.7 million courthouse restoration project, citing other pressing capital needs, public opposition and fears that a state grant had strings attached.

Audience members applauded the absence of a motion to accept a $372,000 state grant for design work on the project that required removing two wings added 70 years ago to the 1893 courthouse.

One of nine public speakers Monday backed demolishing the additions which, built by the Work Projects Administration in 1938-40, were themselves hailed as historically significant.

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