Jefferson County South Courthouse – Port Arthur, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 29° 52.229 W 093° 55.940
15R E 409959 N 3304798
Quick Description: 2-story limestone; ornamental example of Art Moderne as interpreted by Public Works Administration; features included stylized classical detailing, eagles capping pilasters at entry, floral banding, allegorical medallions.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 1/20/2019 7:21:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMZXVN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
Living New Deal

"The growth of the petrochemical industry in the southern part of Jefferson County in the early 1930s resulted in the need for extended county government services. State legislation was required in order to enable the county to build a “subcourthouse” in Port Arthur. Introduced in the Legislature by local elected officials, a bill was passed on April 30, 1931, and plans were made to build a new south county office facility to serve this part of the county. Funded as a project of the Federal Public Works Administration (PWA), construction of the building began on August 10, 1935, and was completed the following year. The first floor housed offices of county commissioners and other officials; the second floor contained court facilities; and the third floor was occupied by a jail. Still in service as a county facility, the structure is an ornamental example of the art moderne style as typically interpreted by PWA projects in the 1930s. Prominent features include stylized classical detailing, eagles capping the pilasters at the entry, floral banding, and allegorical medallions. A one-story addition was built in the 1970s."

Year Built: 1936

Current Use of Building: Courthouse

Level of Courts: County

Architect: Fred C. Stone, C.L. Wignall

Dates this building was used to house judicial proceedings: 1936 - present

Physical Address:
1149 Pearl / Beaumont, TX

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri

Related Website: Not listed

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