Get ready for a lot of dust to be kicked up around 13 old Texas courthouses in the coming months. On Jan. 27 the Texas Historical Commission awarded $21 million in grant funding to counties to help them restore these historic buildings. The counties that will receive funding include Bexar, Cameron, Colorado, Edwards, Franklin, Hardeman, Marion, Mason, Navarro, Polk, San Saba, Upshur and Throckmorton counties, says Stan Graves, architecture division director for the THC. Graves explains that the grant money will go toward restoring some courthouses that have been neglected for years, while others have already had some restoration work completed. “These are all basically new projects. But several of them are interior phases where the exterior has already been done," Graves says. For example, some restoration work has been completed on the Bexar County Courthouse. But additional funding will help remove a large 1970s-era wing from the courthouse and interior restoration. Others -- like the Edwards, Navarro and Hardeman county courthouses -- are receiving their first round of grant funding, he says.
--- John Council