The Falls County Courthouse in Marlin was completed in December of 1939. Much of the façade is Austin shellstone and Texas pink granite makes up the entry steps. The courthouse was designed in the Art Moderne style by architect Arthur E. Thomas of Dallas. Its symmetrical façade is dominated by a three-story central entry tower with key pattern stonework across the tower parapet. Among its unusual features are the massive shellstone entry surrounds and decorative corner pilasters.
Falls County received its initial funding in the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program’s first round of planning grants in 2000. After a 10-year hiatus, under the leadership of Judge Jay Elliott, the county applied successfully for a construction grant and received $5.8 million in 2018 to fully restore the 1939 Art Moderne-style building.
On October 16, the THC, Judge Elliot, and residents of Falls County rededicated and officially opened their fully restored courthouse to the public. JC Stoddard, Inc. and Komatsu Architecture, Inc. collaborated to restore the building to its historic beauty, which will attract heritage tourists from across Texas. It will also create a functional, energy-efficient building that will serve the citizens of Falls County for decades to come.