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    FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE
    County Seat - Richmond, Texas

    Fort Bend County has had five courthouses:
    2011, 1908, 1887, 1871-72, 1842

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    PHOTOGRAPHER'S NOTE:
    The new Fort Bend County Justice Center at 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle was dedicated in May of 2011 and many of the county offices were moved there from the 1908 courthouse. Plans are underway for the restoration of the old courthouse to its 1908-09 condition, which will include the removal of its modern additions.
    Richmond TX - 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse
    The 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2006

    The 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse - Richmond, Texas

    Architect - C. H. Page & Bros.
    Style - Classical Revival
    Material - Brick

    Nearly identical to the Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos - built the year before. Both were by C.H. Page and Brothers, architects. Ft. Benders bought the kit that included clock faces.
    Historical Marker Text

    Fort Bend County Courthouse

    This classical revival building is the fifth courthouse for Fort Bend County, which was organized in 1837. The structure was designed by C. H. Page of Austin and dedicated in 1909. The contractor was the Texas Building Company, also of Austin. Exterior styling features a dome, statue, and cornices of copper. The interior has a 3-story rotunda, mosaic tile floors, and green glazed tile wainscoting. Additions were made to the courthouse in 1935 and 1957.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1980
    Fort Bend County courthouse Texas
    The 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
    Photo courtesy TXDoT
    Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, Texas old photo
    The Hays County Courthouse for comparison
    1939 photo courtesy TXDoT
    Richmond TX - 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse dome &  clock tower
    Fort Bend County Courthouse dome & clock tower
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2005
    Richmond TX - 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse rotunda
    The courthouse's rotunda from the third floor. Not surprisingly, the interior of the Fort Bend County courthouse is also similar to the Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2006
    Richmond TX - 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse district courtroom
    "The Fort Bend County district courtroom retains its two-story height. The former district courtroom at the Hays County Courthouse has been split in half."
    - Terry Jeanson, May 2006 photo
    The 1887 Fort Bend County Courthouse - Richmond, Texas
    The 1887 Fort Bend County courthouse was very similar in appearance to the 1890-91 Bandera County courthouse when it was built. The clock tower on the 1887 courthouse was removed shortly afterwards. This courthouse stood on Morton St., where the current Richmond City Hall sits, and burned down ca. 1930.
    TX - 1890 Bandera County Courthouse
    The 1890 Bandera County Courthouse
    1939 Photo courtesy TXDoT
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    Former Fort Bend County jail in Richmond
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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