Fort Bend County is named for a blockhouse situate on a bend of the Brazos River.
Created: December 29, 1837
Richmond 1837 – present
County Courthouse – Richmond
Location: 401 Jackson Street / 4th Street
Built: 1907 – 1908
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: C H Page and Brother of Austin
Contractor: Texas Building Company of Austin
Description: The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has a central portico with four high columns rising to a header with pediment above at the roof line. The central section on the front, projects from the main building. The first story windows are arched. On the center of the roof is a large green colored dome with cupola and statue of Justice at the top. The interior has a three story rotunda, mosaic tile floors and green colored glazed tile wainscoting. An addition was constructed on the east side in 1935. The architect was C H Page and Brother and the contractor was Knutson Construction Company. A further addition was constructed in 1957. The architect was Hedrick, Stanby & Lightfoot and the contractor was P G Bell & Company. The building was renovated in 2013. The architect was Bailey Architects and the contractor was Phoenix I Restoration & Construction, Ltd.
See: The architect, C H Page and Brother of Austin designed other courthouses in Anderson County, Hall County, Hays County, Hunt County, Orange County, Travis County, Trinity County and Williamson County.
Note: The first courthouse was designed by George Edwin Dickey and constructed by Benajamin F Trester in 1857.
County Justice Center – Richmond
Location: 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle / Williams Way
Built: 2009 – 2011
Architect: Pierce, Goodwin, Alexander & Linville ( PGAL )
Contractor: J E Dunn Construction
Description: The building faces northeast and is a three story buff and red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the south of the center of the city. The front has and curved tower rising to a green colored domed roof. At the first story is the entrance with high glass windows above. An arched wall runs in front of the entrance. The windows on the first and second stories are horizontal flanked by small windows. The roof line is flat.
Note: The cost of construction was $58,400,000.
See: The architect, Pierce, Goodwin, Alexander & Linville ( PGAL ) designed courthouses in Florida in Indian River County, in Louisiana in Saint Tammany Parish and in Texas in Collin County and Harris County.
County Administration – Richmond
Location: 301 Jackson Street / 4th Street
Built: 1988 – 1989
Architect: Christopher DiStefano & Associates, Inc.
Contractor: Lebco Contractors, Inc.
Description: The building faces west and is a seven story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The west front has an arched entrance with a high arched window above rising to the top of the building. The center section projects slightly from the main building. The roof line is flat. The building faces the courthouse and was named as the William B Travis Building.
Note: The cost of construction was $5,850,000.
S – Brazoria County
W – Wharton County
County Justice Center
Photos taken 2014 and 2017