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County recognized for exemplary courthouse stewardship

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AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Historical Commission recently awarded Hopkins County an Honor Award through its Texas Courthouse Stewardship Program for establishing excellent stewardship practices in maintaining its restored historic courthouse. The $2,500 award was announced at the two-day Texas Courthouse Stewardship Workshop held recently in Austin. Both the workshop and the award were made possible through a generous grant from the Texas Land Title Association.

“In addition to bringing recognition to Hopkins County, the award is an incentive to other counties with newly restored courthouses to develop a maintenance plan, secure adequate funding for maintenance and assure quality workmanship,” said Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program Director Stan Graves.

The 1895 Hopkins County Courthouse was designed by renowned architect J. Riely Gordon in the Romanesque Revival style. The courthouse suffered severe sandstone deterioration and windows needed rehabilitation work over the years. Ground water infiltration was an additional problem. The grant application process was initiated by former Hopkins County judge Joe Minter, current Judge Cletis Millsap and Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker. Hopkins County received a $3.7 million grant award in 2000 in Round I of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. The project was successfully completed in 2002.

 

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