Galveston County

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Galveston County is named for Bernardo de Galver, who was a Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory and an ally of the United States during the American Revolution.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Harris County

E – Chambers County and Gulf of Mexico

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Brazoria County

Created:  May15, 1838                           Map of Texas highlighting Galveston County

County Seat: 

Galveston  1839 – present


Old County Courthouse – Galveston

Location:  722 Moody ( 21st ) Street / Avenue G

Built:  1965 – 1966

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Raymond R Rap, Jr and Ben J Koten & Associates

Contractor:  W R Grimshaw Construction Company, Inc.


Description:  The building faces west and is a six story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Galveston. On the west side of the building is a treed plaza. The first story has a wide brown colored band of concrete supported by concrete pillars. The upper stories have a concrete lattice over the recessed windows. The roof line is flat.


County Justice Center – Galveston



Location:  600 59th Street / Avenue J ( Broadway )

Built:  2005 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Bay Architects

Contractor:  Kelso / Gilbane (J W Kelso Construction / Gilbane Building Company)

Description:  The building faces south and is a five story concrete, brick glass and metal structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the west side of the center of Galveston. The center section is a round tower with reflective glass on the upper stories. The wings also have reflective glass with square brick towers at the corners. The building houses the County District Court, Constitutional County Court, County Courts at Law and County Probate Court of the 11th  Administrative Judicial Region. 


See:  The 11th Administrative Judicial Region has a main office in Houston in Harris County.


History:  The county was created in 1838 and Galveston was selected as the county seat in 1839. The first courthouse was built in 1838. The second courthouse as built in 1857. The third courthouse was a three story stone structure designed by Eugene Thomas Heiner in 1882. The fourth courthouse was a three story stone structure designed by Nicholas Joseph Clayton in 1892. The fifth courthouse was a four story structure constructed by James T Taylor in 1898 and was partially destroyed by a hurricane in 1900. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $2,529,000. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2005 to 2006 at a cost of $92,000,000.




County Courthouse – Galveston




























County Justice Center – Galveston



















Photos taken 2014