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Reeves County Courthouse
Pecos, Texas


Description: Reeves County Courthouse
Other Names: none
Address: 4th Street between Oak and Cedar Streets, Pecos, Reeves County, Texas
Type: governmental
Original Client:
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1937
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Gustavus A. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: J. L. Hair Construction Company, Wichita Falls, general contractor; L. A. Smith, Pecos, plumbing; Collie Electric Shop, Pecos; Southern Prison Company, San Antonio, jail equipment
Dimensions and Orientation: three stories, 120 feet across x 67 feet 2 inches deep, faces North
Budget/Cost: $120,000 (bond issue) Structure cost $270,000

Foundation: concrete and rubble stone
Wall Materials: textured buff brick
Roofing Materials: flat, except for center block, which is straight barrel Mission tile
Other Materials Used: first floor, marble wainscot, terrazzo floor
Remodeling and Additions: only center block windows appear to be original; left and right blocks filled in to add offices; ceilings lowered with acoustic tile; courtroom modernized.

Present Owner: Reeves County
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library, Ponsford 301, photograph of rendering, perspective view; Reeves County Courthouse, blueprints, sheets 1-22, dated March, 1937
Location of Documentary Photographs: Reeves County Courthouse

Bibliography: (1) Pecos Enterprise, March 5, 1937, page [1], El Paso Public Library rendering illustrated, bond issue given
(2) Pecos Enterprise, April 23, 1937, page [1], Trost & Trost of El Paso, architects, work to be finished by November 1. contractors named
(3) Pecos Enterprise, Friday, December 31, 1937, page [1], Court House Will Be Dedicated Monday.

Remarks: The building is a slightly smaller version of the San Angelo, Texas, City Hall and Auditorium, 1929, but does not house an auditorium. Originally, there were twelve jail cells and living quarters for the prison guards on the third floor.

Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990.