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Travis County Probate CourthousePhoto: Casey Dunn

Travis County Probate Courthouse

PRESERVATION AWARD FOR REHABILITATION + SUSTAINABILITY
Travis County

Downtown Austin's 1936 Old Federal Courthouse is a classic example of the New Deal-era PWA Moderne Style. In 2016, Travis County acquired the federal building and  tasked  firms  Lord  Aeck  Sargent and Limbacher & Godfrey, alongside Vaughn Construction, with its conversion into a new Travis County Probate Courthouse. Exterior work included repairing limestone masonry, delicate cleaning of cast iron spandrels, and fabricating aluminum replacement windows to restore the graceful profile of the originals. On the interior, intricate woodwork and historic light fixtures were meticulously restored. The project successfully upgraded the courthouse to become a high-performing building and is currently seeking LEED Gold certification. Owing to the fine work carried out by this project, the courthouse is once again a beacon of civic pride in the heart of downtown Austin.

Following the announcement of the 2021 preservation awards on October 19, 2021, the Travis County Commissioners Court, on October 26, 2021, recognized the Travis County Facilities Management Department employees Roger A. El Khoury, M.S., P.E., Gabriel Stock, AIA, LEED AP, and Homer Villarreal, R.A. for their outstanding work on the Travis County Probate Courthouse. Also, The Commissioners Court recognized the consultant, Lord Aeck Sargent, and their subconsultants and the general contractor Vaughn Construction for their outstanding work as well. The team efforts resulted in the New Probate Courts receiving the 2021 Preservation Merit Award for Preservation: Rehabilitation & Sustainability, an award given by Preservation Austin.

Below are photographs of the Award, Commissioners Proclamation, and a video of the Travis County Probate Courthouse history.

2021 Preservation Merit Award for Preservation Award Recipients:

 2021 Preservation Merit Award Recipients

2021 Preservation Merit Award 

 

Proclamation By Travis County Commissioners Court

 2021 Preservation Merit Award Proclamation

 

History of the Travis County Probate Courthouse:

 

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.5 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $10.39.

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