Ugliest courthouse in Texas? Hardin County Courthouse might win!

(Please take this post with a grain of salt if you are from Kountze or Hardin County. Everyone I met was super nice, from the judge to the staff. Which is why I’m sad they are housed in such an ugly courthouse! The judge’s chambers didn’t even have a window 😦 Inexplicable!)

Is this a spice extract factory? No such luck.
Is this a spice extract factory? No such luck.

This one is a contender in the competition for Ugliest Courthouse in Texas. Sure, it’s not the Austin County courthouse which was originally built to be a nuclear bomb shelter.

But, woah, Nelly. Woah. —->Hardin County’s courthouse is no treat. And the insides are as uggie as the outsides.

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The picture above is taken from the 3rd floor looking down. Here’s the tile on the first floor:

I've set many a tile in my lifetime. But, I haven't set bathroom tiles on the walls of a courthouse. The hours that went into this project v. how it came out.... All I can think of is Jardyce v. Jarndyce and how nobody won that case.
I’ve set many a tile in my lifetime. But, I haven’t set bathroom tiles on the walls of a courthouse. The hours that went into this project v. how it came out…. All I can think of is Jarndyce v. Jarndyce and how nobody won that case.

Bleak House indeed.

My artistic goal for the day was to find her good angle. I wish I had remembered to change the format settings on my camera before I took this one. It’s *so dramatic*. Pffp. I never would have bothered printing this one out anyhow, so I guess the pixelation scarcely matters.

I spend a lot of time looking for the beauty in things. If you are a "glass half empty" type, this means I actively ignore ugly stuff.
I spend a lot of time looking for the beauty in things. If you are a “glass half empty” type, this means I actively ignore ugly stuff.

The courthouse has a cute rotunda, which is a 2008 addition. The place sorely needed the improvement.

This is a MUCH better view of the courthouse. Not so...bleak.
This is a MUCH better view of the courthouse. Not so…bleak.
I do love me some lens flare. Here's the afternoon sun on the rotunda.
I do love me some lens flare. Here’s the afternoon sun on the rotunda.
Floor of the rotunda.
Floor of the rotunda.
Rotunda ceiling.
Rotunda ceiling.

There was a wedding in the rotunda today. I wish the bride and groom well. I’m glad they had a nice space to celebrate their day.

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