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#1 John T Roberts

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 08:03 PM

On Saturday, I visited two Texas cities to the south of us.  The first was Hillsboro, which is the next county seat south of Cleburne.  On New Year's Day, 1993, the courthouse burned in a major fire which left only the stone walls standing.  It was rebuilt and was rededicated on April 24, 1999.  The building was built in 1890, and was designed by W.C. Dodson.  The architectural style is Second Empire, belonging in the period of Victorian Architecture.  If the building looks familiar, Dodson designed the Hood County Courthouse in Granbury and the Parker County Courthouse in Weatherford.  Below are four photos of the Hill County Courthouse.

 

View of building through the trees from the north:

52061831317_bf0991ddbe_k.jpghill-courthouse1 by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

West Elevation:

52063102529_1eaec94f08_k.jpghill-courthouse2 by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

View from the Southwest:

52063360145_dd1bf769b0_k.jpghill-courthouse3 by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

The blocks in Hillsboro are all very large and the ones around the Courthouse Square are divided into quarters by alleys.  The front of the Courthouse is actually on Waco Street and this alley hits the Courthouse on axis with its front entrance.

52061831492_ca7ec8ed1a_k.jpgalleyonaxis by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

The Courthouse Square has several historic buildings.  This is an old Montgomery Ward store on the north side of the square.

52063102334_3a8620093d_k.jpgwards-hillsboro by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

South side of the Square:

52062888793_0a814253c0_k.jpgsouthside-hillsborosquare by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

East side of the Square:

52063360210_63a4606bce_k.jpgeastside-hillsborosquare by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

Texas Theater (1929):

52062888758_af102d988b_k.jpgtexastheater by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

1/2 Block to the East of the Courthouse on Elm Street are these historic buildings:

52061831102_587fcb8a40_k.jpg100blk-elm by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

The one in the center is the Smith & Tomlinson Building, and according to the date, it was built in 1896.

52063360060_54e6ce995e_k.jpgsmith-tomlinson by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

Another 1/2 block to the east is the Mid-Century Modern Citizens National Bank, complete with an original neon sign.

52062889138_78ed206e6d_k.jpgcitizensnational-1 by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

This is a view of the entrance and the sign:

52062889078_04c5303b8d_k.jpgcitizensnational-sign-entry by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

Photo of sign:

52062869521_ffe987500e_k.jpgcitizens-neonsign by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

Finally, since we are on the subject of Mid-Century Modern, the Gulf Station on the north side of the square is in original condition.

52063360105_dc817a1444_k.jpghillsborogulf by jtrobert, on Flickr

 



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Posted 09 May 2022 - 09:36 PM

There is (or maybe was) an antique shop in downtown Hillsboro that I visited once. It had some interesting items and the owner was a really nice gentleman that I enjoyed talking with about downtown and the surrounding area.

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 08:15 PM

That's some great architecture that's been preserved.  I've driven through there before but I know it was when I was a kid.  I love the bank building.  I wonder if the mid-mod look is preserved in the interior.



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Posted 15 May 2022 - 09:51 PM

JBB, I don't know if the interior is intact, but I'm willing to bet that most of it is still there.



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Posted 24 May 2022 - 05:16 PM

Great photos and info, John! Thank you for sharing. 



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Posted 24 May 2022 - 08:38 PM

Austin, you are welcome and thank you for the comments.






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