Real County Courthouse

Real County Courthouse (HM23QP)

Location: Leakey, TX 78873 Real County
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N 29° 43.568', W 99° 45.735'

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Leakey was the county seat of Edwards County from 1883 to 1891 when a vote moved the seat to Rocksprings. Real County, named for businessman and State Senator Julius Real, was organized from parts of Edwards, Kerr and Bandera counties in April 1913. Leakey was named the county seat and a temporary building was erected on the square. Controversy over the site of the county seat continued for several years, so Judge D. D. Thompson began planning for a permanent courthouse upon his election in 1917. Voters approved bonds to finance a permanent structure. The bonds were financed through Hanover National Bank of New York.

Architect H.A. Reuter designed the 1918 courthouse, and the firm of McCreary and Schott served as contractors. According to oral history, a local builder known as "Scotty" Archibald made a significant contribution, as well. E.F. Vanderbilt was construction superintendent.

Using native limestone quarried from Tucker Hollow near the site, workers erected Reuter's vision of a Classical Revival edifice with a fortress-like facade. The rusticated limestone bands were laid in regular courses with quicklime bonding to create the building's texture and solid feel. A stone pediment with simple cornice topped by a standing seam metal roof contributes to the building's character. Renovations and additions made



in 1978 transformed the original doors into large central windows with flat arch and transoms. The fine structure retains its original flavor and distinctive features and remains the center of Real County government.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-2000
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HM NumberHM23QP
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Year Placed2000
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 426280 N 3288682
Decimal Degrees29.72613333, -99.76225000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 43.568', W 99° 45.735'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 43' 34.08" N, 99° 45' 44.1" W
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Area Code(s)830
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 344 4th St, Leakey TX 78873, US
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