Washita County Courthouse Rehabilitation

The rehabilitation of the Washita County Courthouse included several projects over a six-year period. This iconic courthouse was deemed “The Father of Oklahoma Courthouses” by former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh. The original structure was designed by Solomon Andrew Layton in 1910, who also designed the Oklahoma State Capitol and many other prominent Oklahoma structures.

The rehabilitation study included an overall analysis of the existing structure and prioritized recommendations and cost estimates for stabilization and improvements.

Rehabilitation projects at the courthouse, included historically sensitive window replacements and masonry repair.The three story courthouse is topped by a copper dome with clocks on all four sides.The replacement of the original copper dome was a significant and notable project at the courthouse. The replacement dome was carefully fabricated off-site to match the original dome construction, transported to the town square and lifted into place atop the courthouse.

The Courthouse Square was the centerpiece of Cordell’s successful National Main Street Awards submission in 1999. The courthouse continues to be a striking structure for the community and can be seen from miles away.



Cordell, Oklahoma


24,600 sq ft


National Register of Historic Places since 1984

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