We knew how the courthouse looked when it was built in 1889 but then in
the 1930's and 1940's the courthouse was remodeled to gain needed
space.  Wings were added on all 4 sides, the clock tower removed, the  bell removed
and stucco was used to cover the original bricks.  In 2003, after years of research
and a grant from the THC, the restoration project came to life. It wasn't easy,
it wasn't cheap and it took nearly four and half years to complete.
But it was worth it.

The courthouse history was researched by David Bucek Jr.  Some of the photos taken
prior to 1935 can be seen here.    How the courthouse looked after the 1935 and 1949
additions and up until 2003 can be seen here.

After tedious grant writing, meetings, trips to Austin, our grant was approved by the THC.

We had groundbreaking in March of 2003 and then the preparation for the actual restoration started. 
We  had to remove the trees that would interfere with the restoration and also
remove the wings that were added in the 1930's and 40's.

The rest of the photos are of the actual restoration.  They are not in sequence due to how the
contractors and sub-contractors came and went.  Therefore, we will try to show the different
phases that took place.

If you wish to make a donation or contribution we have a preservation fund and our organization is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. 
If you are writing a check, make it payable to: 

Wharton County Courthouse Restoration/Preservation, Inc.
  P. O. Box 47
Wharton, TX   77488-0047

Thank you.

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