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The Brazoria County Courthouse
County Seat - Angleton, Texas

Brazoria County has had four courthouses:
1976 - Angleton
1940 - Angleton
1897 - Angleton
1894 - Brazoria
1839 - Brazoria

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The 1976 Brazoria County Courthouse
Angleton

Brazoria County 1976 Courthouse Angleton TX
The 1976 Brazoria County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2005
Photographer's Note:
The 1976 Brazoria County courthouse is a modern, brick box with large glass panels on each side. It is connected to the rear of the 1940 courthouse. The glass section connecting the two courthouses forms a pleasant atrium. A corner of the 1897 courthouse can be seen on the left side of this picture.

The 1940 Brazoria County Courthouse - Angleton

Brazoria County 1940 Courthouse Angleton TX
The 1940 Brazoria County Courthouse today
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2005
Date - 1940
Architect - Lamar Q. Cato.
Style - Moderne
Material - Granite & limestone

The five-story courthouse finished in 1940 is a Moderne-style structure with interesting details, including Justice inscribed in the stone steps and metal panels depicting the area's industries: Fishing, cattle, chemicals, agriculture.

The 1940 Brazoria County courthouse was constructed after a 1932 storm damaged the 1897 courthouse. The county maintained offices in the 1897 courthouse until the 1970s.
Brazoria County courthouse architectural detail, Angleton, Texas
Detail over the 1940 Brazoria County Courthouse door
in Angleton
1999 TE Photo
1940 Brazoria County courthouse,  Angleton, Texas old  postcard
Early postcard of the 1940 Brazoria County Courthouse
Courtesy rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/
1940 Brazoria County courthouse,  Angleton, Texas, 1950 s postcard
1950s postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/
1940 Brazoria County Courthouse, Angleton Texas
Another view of the 1940 Brazoria County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2007
The 1897 Brazoria County Courthouse
Angleton
Brazoria County 1897 Courthouse Angleton TX Today
The 1897 Brazoria County Courthouse today
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2005
Architect - Eugene Heiner
Style - Italian Renaissance

The 1897 courthouse has been restored and is in use as The Brazoria County Historical Museum.

The J. Riely Gordon courthouse in Brazoria was demolished right after being built and only a few relics remain to proove that it once existed.
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1897 Brazoria County courthouse, Angleton, Texas vintage photo
The former Brazoria County courthouse as it appeared in 1939.
Photo courtesy TxDoT
1897 Brazoria County courthouse Eugene Heiner, Angleton, Texas
Vintage photo of the 1897 Brazoria County courthouse
Photo courtesy THC
1897 Brazoria County courthouse original condition, Angleton, Texas
The 1897 Brazoria County courthouse in its original condition
This picture is hanging at the entrance to the old courthouse, now serving as the Brazoria County Historical Museum.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2005
Photographer's Note:
The 1897 Brazoria County courthouse was constructed from plans drawn by Eugene T. Heiner for the 1895 Matagorda County courthouse.

The building was remodeled and enlarged in 1927 which included the removal of the ninety foot tower.
The 1894 Brazoria County Courthouse
Brazoria
Architect - J. Riely Gordon
Razed
1894 J. Riely Gordon Brazoria County courthouse, Texas
The 1894 Brazoria Courthouse at Brazoria
Image courtesy of THC
All that remains of the 1894 courthouse
Photo courtesy Julie McConnell, 2002
1894 Brazoria County courthouse, Texas , old post card
The 1894 Brazoria Courthouse at Brazoria
Old Post Card Courtesy Julie McConnell
The 1839 Brazoria County Courthouse
Brazoria
The county was organized in 1836 and a wooden building was the first courthouse.
First Brazoria County Courthouse in  Brazoria Texas
Sketch of the 1839 Brazoria County Courthouse in Brazoria, the first county seat.
Photo courtesy THC
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