Brooks County is named for James Abijah Brooks, who was a Texas Ranger and a legislator.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
W – Jim Hogg County
Created: March 11, 1911
Falfurrias 1911 – present
County Courthouse – Falfurrias
Location: 117 East Miller Street / South Saint Marys Street
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: Alfred Giles of San Antonio
Contractor: Westlake & Mitzell
Description: The building faces east and is a three story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious grounds in the center of Falfurrias. The east front has a large recessed porch with four columns rising to a wide header at the roof line. The windows are arched on the second story. The third story windows are small. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the floor plan is cross axial with an entrance on each side. There are ceramic floor tiles, marble bases, plaster walls and wood paneling. At the north end of the first story is the monumental staircase. The County District Court courtroom is located at the center of the second story and extends up into the third story with a balcony at the rear. The building houses the State District Court and Constitutional County Court of the 5th Administrative Judicial Region.. The building was restored in 2010. The architect was Mark Whitmore of Corpus Christi and the contractor was J C Stoddard Construction Company of San Antonio. On the southeast side is the one story County Courthouse Annex built in 1960. To the northeast is the County Blumer Building.
See: The architect, Alfred Giles of San Antonio also desitgned the courthouses in * Caldwell County, Gillespie County, * Goliad County, ** Kendall County, Live Oak County. Presidio County, Webb County and Wilson County * Giles worked with Henry E M Guidon and the Caldwell and Goliad courthouse are similar in design. **Kendall courthouse 1909 addition.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Brooks County Courthouse
See: The 5th Administrative Judicial Region has a main office in Corpus Christie in Nueces County.
History: The county was created in 1911 and Falfurrias was selected as the county seat. The county used rented premises. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1914 at a cost of $55,000.
County Courthouse - Falfurrias
County District Court courtroom
County Blumer Building - Falfurrias
Photos taken 2014 and 2019