county seat – Floresville
Built – 1884
Architect – Alfred Giles
Style – Italianate
Photos taken – 11/7/04
Floresville sits a little southeast of San Antonio. In fact, Wilson County has grown significantly due to its proximity to the Alamo city. Peanut was or is king – as far as cash crops are concerned – thus the peanut statue on the courthouse lawn. They have an annual Peanut Festival to celebrate the importance of this crop.
This courthouse is old and a little unusual in style in that there are not that many Italianate courthouses left. The porch in the front is a obvious detail – but it is the beauty statue of the Lady of Justice sitting above the porch that makes this courthouse stand out. Also – the tower is light and aerie – a little more elegant rather than the Romanesque power that you find in other courthouses of the time.Again – as in so many cases of our early courthouse visits – we went when it was closed and so no interior shots – no court room shots. You’ve go to remember – we were working at the time – so weekends were easier.
I’ve heard – though I’ve not verified it – but that the courthouse was closed as being unsafe. I have to assume, if true, the courthouse will eventually be rehabilitated and returned to its’ original purpose.