Lamar County

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Lamar County is named for Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, who was the third president of the Republic of Texas from 1838 t0 1842.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bryan County, Oklahoma and Choctaw County, Oklahoma

E – Red River County

S – Franklin County and Delta County

W – Fannin County

 

Created:  December 17. 1840                Map of Texas highlighting Lamar County

County Seat: 

Lafayette          1841 – 1842

Mount Vernon   1842 – 1844

Paris                 1844 – present

 

County Courthouse – Paris  

 

Location:  119 North Main Street / West Houston Street

Built:  1916 – 1917

Style:  Classical Revival and Romanesque

Architect:  William G Barry, Edwin R Smith, Elmer George Withers and Sanquinet & Staats of Fort Worth

Contractor:  J C Buchanan and J N Gilder

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a five story stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Paris. The buildsing has a raised basement. The porticos on the east and south sides of the second story have three stone arches. The building is faced with pink colored granite. Columns rise from the third story to the top of the fifth story dividing the windows. A balustrade runs along the flat roof line. In the interior there are marble floors, stairs and wainscoting. The large courtroom is located on the south side of the third story and extends into the fourth story with a large gallery. There is a smaller courtroom on the southwest side of the second story. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court, County Court at Law and County Justice Court. On the west side is an attached two story addition. The building was renovated in 2005.

 

History: The county was created in 1840 and Lafayette was delected as the county seat in 1841. The first courthouse was built in Lafayette 1841. In 1842, the county seat was moved to Mount Vernon but no courthouse was built. In 1844, the county seat was moved to Paris. The second courthouse was built in Paris in 1844, the third was built in 1847 and the fourth was built in 1873. The fifth courthouse was a Richardson Romaneque style structure designed by Sanguinet & Messer of Fort Worth and constructed by Martin Byrne & Johnston in 1896 to 1897. The building was destroyed by fire in 1916. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1916 to 1917.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Paris

 

 

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Picture 1897 County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2010 and 2019