Architects disagree over whether to save Texas courthouse

2 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, March 02 2019 Mar 2, 2019 March 02, 2019 8:07 AM March 02, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A South Texas county is struggling to decide whether an abandoned, century-old courthouse is worth saving after receiving a bid to tear the building down.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that Nueces County Commissioners recently received an offer from the Ed Rachal Foundation to pay $1.5 million in back taxes to demolish its 1914 courthouse.

The old Nueces County Courthouse has been described as an eyesore, but questions over what to do with the ramshackle property are complicated by its listing as a historic landmark in Texas. The foundation's offer is contingent on removing a state restriction that prohibits the building from being demolished before 2027 due to historic status.

Architect Bill McCord supports proposed demolition. He says there's no economic use to justify spending millions to restore the courthouse.

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