Ellis County Courthouse

Waxahachie, Texas

The Ellis County Courthouse is a favorite in the state for its elaborate “Pecos Red” sandstone carvings and expressive Romanesque Revival form. Designed by J. Riely Gordon in 1891, the building epitomizes his style. The restoration was comprehensive and included both county and district courtrooms and their century old judge’s benches.  New systems, state of the art audio-visual equipment, security and acoustical treatments were integrated into the historic spaces. The remainder of the building was rehabilitated for county government use. The completed restoration serves as a beacon for historic downtown Waxahachie.