COLUMN: Grant represents vast investment into future and past of courthouse

In an Austin hotel, the Texas Historical Commission discussed the Alamo and the Wise County courthouse in the same breath.  Wise County officials were in the room where it happened Tuesday at the Texas Historical Commission’s quarterly meeting in the DoubleTree hotel. The scope of the commission’s work to preserve and promote Texas history reached from San Antonio to Decatur. […]

County lands courthouse grant

Wise County received $5.2 million in grant funding to renovate and restore the county’s historic courthouse Tuesday as the Texas Historical Commission announced its Round XII Courthouse Preservation grant recipients.

Update for Tuesday, July 26, 2022

COURTHOUSE PRESERVATION GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT — The Texas Historical Commission this morning will announce the recipients of the Round XII Courthouse Preservation grants. Wise County has applied for a grant to renovate and refurbish the historic courthouse. “For me, this has been a multi-year project. For the county, this is something we’ve been wanting to get done for 20 years,” said Wise County Judge J.D. Clark. “We’re anxiously optimistic. We have good plans and designs and are ready to turn that into construction.” Clark, county facilities manager Jimmy Counts and architect Karl Komatsu will be at the Doubletree Hotel for the announcement. The county is hoping to secure the full reward of $5.2 million. The county has already received from the Texas Historical Commission the $787,753 planning grant. The county also received a $50,000 master planning grant. Full coverage of the announcement will be posted at WCMessenger.com today.