Yesterday marked two historical events in the Bexar County Courthouse. The first event being Tommy Calvert, the newly elected commissioner for Precinct 4, was sworn in as the first ever African-American to serve on the five member Commissioner's Court. Mr. Calvert takes over the seat previously held by Tommy Atkinson, who resigned the seat in order to run for County Judge last November. We wish Mr. Calvert well in his new position.
The second event was the inaugural Commissioner's Court proceeding, which was held in the county's brand new restored, double-height courtroom. After two years of construction, the space was finally ready to host it's first court event! The room was filled with members of the press, county and city officials, friends and family of the three inaugurated commissioners, as well as members of the design team and the general public. It was a bittersweet moment for us, not knowing in our initial meetings with the County way back in 2000, if this project would ever truly come to fruition given its ambition. And now, its hard to believe that it's almost complete and functioning the way it was originally intended to back when the building was originally built in 1896...with a few upgrades of course!
There are so many people who made this day possible and we hope they all are just as proud of this project as we are. In about a month or so, we will be posting final photographs of the space, as there are still a few loose ends to tie up around the room before that can happen.
Below are just a few pictures we snapped during the event yesterday. Enjoy!