Monday, February 28, 2011

Bexar County Courthouse

This building has always been a beauty.  Completed in 1897, almost 115 years ago, it remains the largest and oldest continuously operating courthouse in Texas.  The architect was James Riely Gordon, who designed a number of Texas' beautiful courthouses.  The style is Richardsonian Romanesque revival, in pink granite and red sandstone.  S.A. has a few other buildings in this style, noteworthy for the heavy proportions (like big fat arches and columns) of the masonry.  A cool building all around.  My grandmother used to work here.

bexar county courthouse under dark south texas skies

7 comments:

  1. This is awesome. I love your style - all that hatching in the sky gives it life. Congrats.

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  2. When you sketch something do you start off by doing a pencil drawing? Your art is very beautiful!!! I wish you had a book out-I really have learned alot about shading and hatching by looking at your drawings!

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  3. Thanks Grafx. On longer drawings like this I often do sketch them out in pencil first-- just a rough outline so I have an idea where to draw with the pen.

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  4. J'adore the way you draw. Art is the same word in french and your Art is universel and beautiful. Merci Paul.

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  5. Amazing blog! Thank you for sharing your drawings!!

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  6. Wonderful drawing, Paul. You architectural drawings are some of the best I've seen.

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