Golden Courthouse

Golden Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Golden Courthouse – Austin, Texas

I caught the perfect golden light at sunset a few minutes after I made this picture of Wooldridge Square. This is the Travis County Courthouse, the main courthouse for Austin and the surrounding communities. It’s located across the street from the square.

There are at least 254 courthouses in Texas — at least one per county. This impressive website has pictures and the history of all of them. The Travis County Courthouse was built between 1930 and 1931 in the PWA Moderne architectural style. Popular for government buildings built during the Great Depression.

I used to hate having the clutter of cars in my architectural photos, but have learned to live with them, and even appreciate them to some extent. The cars give a context to when the photographs were made, even this rather vanilla one in the foreground. While particularly dull now, I think cars become more exciting over time.

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2 thoughts on “Golden Courthouse

  1. While the tiny State of New Jersey does not have many courthouses, it does have some which were built in the eighteenth century but many were built in the 20th and 21st centuries. Some have a historic architecture similar to the Travis County Courthouse. Others, like the Passaic County Court House and Hudson County Court House, are modern architecture eyesores.

    I dislike car clutter in my photos unless the cars are interesting or unique in some way. A 1994 Acura Integra GS-R in Milano Red or a 1966 Honda S600? Yep. A 1995 Honda Odyssey or 2020 Honda Civic. NO!!!

    1. New Jersey is an older state so I imagine there are going to be more historic structures. Texas does have older and more grander courthouses than Austin’s, however.

      Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of other cars I rather have in the frame, if I had the choice. But, as more of a documentation photo, I’ll take what I can get.

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