Winkler County Courthouse (Kermit)

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Architect: David Castle.

Year Built: 1930.

The Winkler County Courthouse is located in the West Texas City of Kermit. The courthouse lawn is peaceful, but a large tree obstructs much of the direct view of the courthouse from the front.

The architect, David S. Castle, was a prominent architect in Abilene. He designed numerous governmental buildings and schools, including the Stephens County Courthouse.

Historical Marker text:

Built in 1929-30 in response to the need for a larger courthouse after the discovery of oil in the county in 1926, this replaced a 1910 structure on the same site. Designed by architect David Castle, the four-story classical revival/beaux arts building features distinctive two-story classical columns, decorative double-door surrounds and transoms, and paired and triple windows on the second and third floors. A one-story addition was built in the 1950s.

About Winkler County:

Formed from Tom Green County. Created February 26, 1887. Organized April 5, 1910. Named in honor of C. M. Winkler, 1821-1882, statesman, soldier and jurist. Kermit, the county seat. A petroleum producing and cattle raising area.

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