JEFFERSON — To mark the completion of renovations to the 1913 Marion County Courthouse, a watercolor painting depicting the building has been donated to be put on display.
The watercolor portrait, depicting the courthouse, was presented to the Marion County Commissioners Court by Marcia Thomas, great granddaughter of the late George Washington Brown, who was a commissioner during the construction of the courthouse.
“Because you have (succeeded) the restoration of the courthouse, I felt like I needed to do something for my great grandfather, who was commissioner in 1912, when that courthouse was (conceived) and built,” Thomas told the court. “They built something substantial and strong, and it looks monumental. That’s what they wanted. So, in order to honor my great grandfather, I’m presenting the court with this portrait.”
Thomas said the watercolor portrait is a more modern depiction of the courthouse that was created by an artist in the Dallas area who specializes in Texas county courthouses.
“It says, ‘Presented to the Marion County Texas Commissioners Court with honor and remembrance of George Washington Brown, commissioner in 1912, by his great granddaughter Marcia Thomas and her sons Carl Thomas and Christopher T. Thomas,’” she said.
Thomas expressed how happy she is now that the 20-year dream to renovate the courthouse has become reality.
“I want to congratulate you guys for following through on that project,” she told the court. “It’s a long time coming.”
LaFleur said Monday that the painting may be displayed close to the Dallas Street entryway so that all who enter the building can view it.
All courthouse offices are closed this week to allow county offices to move back into the newly restored structure with the courthouse set to reopen Monday.
The downtown Jefferson landmark, at 102 West Austin St., was afforded the makeover through a $4.7 million restoration grant awarded in April 2018 by the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program as well as $1 million of county money.