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.

Created:  May15, 1838

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 the city. 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.

 

Note:  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  was designed by Messer, Sanquinet & Messer and 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.

 

County Justice Center – Galveston

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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 city. The center section has a round tower with reflective glass on the upper stories. The wings also have reflective glass with square brick towers at the corners. The roof line is flat.

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $92,000,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Harris County

E – Chambers County and Gulf of Mexico

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Brazoria County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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County Justice Center

 

 

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Photos taken 2014