Kenedy County is named for Mifflin Kenedy, who was an early rancher in the area.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
N – Kleberg County
E – Gulf of Mexico
S – Willacy County
Created: April 2, 1921
Sarita 1921 – present
County Courthouse – Sarita
Location: 101 North Mallory Street / La Parra Street
Built: 1916 – 1917
Style: Texas Renaissance
Architect: Henry Truman Phelps of San Antonio
Contractor: I A Walker
Description: The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the town. The east front has a center section with four large columns rising to a wide header at the roof line. The windows along the first story are narrow and vertical. A wide cornice runs below the flat roof line. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was restored in 2010. The architect was Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architects and the contractor was JC Stoddard Construction and Mid-Continental Restoration Co., Inc. To the east is the one story Justice Court Building..
See: The architect Henry Truman Phelps of San Antonio, Texas
Note: The courthouse was constructed at a cost of $19,000 for Willacy County. When Kenedy County was created, the Willacy County seat moved to Raymondville and courthouse became the courthouse for Kenedy County. The cost of restoration in 2010 was $4,000,000.
County Courthouse - Sarita
Courthouse in 2006 before restoration
County Justice Court Building - Sarita
Photos taken 2006, 2014 and 2019