Texas Historical Commission


Historic Courthouses in Texas

Cooke County Courthouse – Gainesville
The 1912 Cooke County Courthouse was designed by the Dallas firm of Lang & Witchell. The courthouse was designed in the Beaux Arts style with some Prairie Style features and influences from famed Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. The courthouse in the center of Gainesville features black and white marbled interiors and a tall central atrium capped by a stained glass skylight under the tower. Although many changes have taken place to the courthouse, most notably the division of the courtrooms, most of the historic characteristics can still be viewed. The current project will prepare the architectural plans for the complete restoration of the building, including restoring the courtrooms and reinstalling wood windows to finish the ongoing exterior restoration.