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KENEDY COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Sarita, Texas

Kenedy County courthouse, restored, Sarita Texas
The newly restored Kenedy County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2010

Kenedy County Courthouse - Sarita, Texas

Date - 1917
Architect - Henry Truman Phelps
Style - Texas Renaissance
Material - Brick


"The Kenedy County courthouse was actually built in 1917 and it served as the courthouse for Willacy County. When Kenedy County was created in 1921, Willacy County was reorganized and the county seat was moved to Raymondville. Sarita became the county seat of the newly formed Kenedy County and the county continued to use the 1917 courthouse." - Terry Jeanson

Courthouse Restoration
Photographer's Note:
"On May 28, 2010, the citizens of Kenedy County celebrated the completion of the restoration of their county courthouse. According to a May 27, 2010 article in the Corpus Christi Caller Times, the restoration cost more than $4 million, paid for by the county and not through the state's courthouse restoration program. The courthouse originally cost $19,000 to build. Due to the moisture that built up after the addition of the white stucco, the exterior brick and stone had deteriorated and had to be replaced. The original paint schemes were uncovered and duplicated, with tan and light green in the hallways and tan and gold in the courtroom. Original carpet samples were also found and duplicated.

During my visit in November of 2010, I could find no cornerstone on the building, which usually includes the name of the architect, but the design has always been attributed to San Antonio architect Henry Truman Phelps, who designed a similar looking courthouse for Willacy County in 1922." - Terry Jeanson
Kenedy County courthouse, Sarita Texas 1939
Kenedy County Courthouse in brick
1939 photo courtesy TXDoT
Sarita Texas - Kenedy County courthouse, stucco, before restoration
Kenedy County courthouse in stucco
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2006
Sarita Texas - Restored brick Kenedy County courthouse
Kenedy County Courthouse after restorations
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2010
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Kenedy County courthouse in original brick, Sarita Texas
This picture of the Kenedy County courthouse hangs in the first floor hallway of the courthouse. The building's original brick exterior was covered by stucco. Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2006
Kenedy County TX Courthouse Courtroom
The restored courtroom
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2010
Oil painting of Mifflin Kenedy, the county's namesake, hangs above the judge's bench.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2010
Restored brick Kenedy County courthouse, Sarita Texas
Kenedy County Courthouse - SW view
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2010
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