The National Trust has designated February as "I Love Texas Courthouses Month." Along with our Texas preservation partners, we're focusing attention on the state's amazing collection of historic courthouses and the need for continued work to help restore them. The I Love Texas Courthouses Campaign got underway recently with site visits, community photo opportunities and celebrations at 13 courthouses in south central Texas. The affection we're seeing for these classic historic buildings is pretty amazing. In Floresville, Texas, more than 150 people came out to show how much they wanted to restore their beautiful 1884 Wilson County Courthouse (see photo). In San Antonio, a flash mob performed a dance routine in front of the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, where a major restoration project funded by the Texas Historic Courthouse Restoration Program is underway. Our next stop will be downtown Houston, where on President's Day we'll be celebrating the restoration of the Harris County Courthouse. From there it is on to Wharton, Colorado, Lavaca and Fayette counties for more community photos and tours.
Courthouse lovers from across the state (and around the world!) are participating in this campaign. A special campaign website, www.ilovetexascourthouses.org, has been set up to gather and share photographs and quotes about Texas courthouses. Visitors to the website are encouraged to sign a Love Letter to Texas Courthouses as well, expressing their affection for these great landmarks and the need to keep them standing as centers of civic life and symbols of community pride.
If you love Texas, courthouses or great architecture, go online today and sign the Love Letter. We've got nearly 1,000 signatures already and we're hoping for another 1,000 by next Wednesday.