Lea County

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Lea County is named for Captain Joseph Calloway Lea.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Chaves County and Roosevelt County

E – Cochran County, Texas, Yoakum County, Texas, Gaines County, Texas, Andrews County, Texas and Winkler County, Texas

S – Winkler County, Texas and Loving County, Texas

W – Eddy County and Chaves County

 

Created:  March 17, 1917                              Map of New Mexico highlighting Lea County

County Seat: 

Lovington  1917 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lovington  

 

Location:  100 North Main Street / East Washington Avenue

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  O R Walker

Contractor:  W S Moss

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the landscaped grounds of the courthouse square in the center of Lovington. On west side is the main entrance and on the south, east and west sides the building is surrounded by two story wings. The building features a number of bas relief designs on the exterior. The west front has stone trim at the central entrance. The roof line is flat. Doors are double leaf, wood, fully glazed, and have a single light transom. The interior is detailed with terrazzo flooring, marble wainscoting, plaster walls, and acoustic tile ceilings. The foyer is decorated with a thunderbird motif in multi-colored ceramic tile. The stairs are terrazzo, with marble wainscot and cast aluminum Deco motif balustrade. The second story courtroom is relatively plain with elevated judge’s bench and Deco Style wooden backdrop adorned with a carved Zia symbol. The building houses the District Court of the 5th Judicial District. A wing was added in 1957. The architect was George R Graves and the contractor was Lembke, Clough & King.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Pl;aces – Lea County Courthouse

 

County Judicial Complex – Lovington

 

Location:  313 East Central Avenue / North Love Street

Built:  2016 – 2021

Style:  Modern

Architect:  RMKM Architects of Albuquerque

Contractor:  H B Construction of Albuquerque

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a five story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lovington on the east side of the courthouse. The building contains five courtrooms. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1917 and Lovington was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure built in 1917. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1936 to 1937. The County Judicial Complex was constructed in

 

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County Courthouse – Lovington

 

 

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Photos taken 2007