County Seat – Bastrop, Texas
Built – 1883
Architect – Jasper Preston & F. E. Ruffini
Style – Renaissance Revival, however a lot of the architectural features have been lost to a couple of renovations.
Pictures taken – February 27, 2004
The Bastrop County Courthouse dates from the 1880’s. It is stucco covered and has a ‘neat’ appearance. After seeing quite a few other courthouses, I found this style to be different – neither too decorative not too plain. Maybe more interesting – if you’re into the decorative is the county jail, which sits directly next to the courthouse. Both sit on neat grounds and there’s a quaint gazebo. Bastrop is an old Texas community and there are some homes in the immediate vicinity of the Courthouse that show off some of that history.
Bastrop is also home to Bastrop State Park, one of the more interesting and well-placed state parks in Texas. it contains a large stand of the ‘Lost Pines’ of Texas. The Pines are part of stand of trees that are located quite some distance from the bigger and thicker pine forests of East Texas.