Lee County is named for Robert Edward Lee, who was the commanding general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
S – Fayette County
W – Bastrop County
Created: April 14, 1874
Giddings 1874 – present
County Courthouse – Giddings
Location: 200 South Main Street / East Hempstead Street
Built: 1897 – 1899
Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: James Riely Gordon of San Antonio
Contractor: Sonnefield, Emmins and Albright of San Antonio.
Description: The building faces north and is a four story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Giddings. The main entrance at the southwest corner is rounded with granite columns on the first story and more granite columns on the second story. The building forms Greek Cross with roof peaks on each side. On the center of the roof rises a large red colored brick tower with open windows in the lower part and a large clock in the upper part. White colored stone trim forms a horizontal band at the top of the first story and at the top of the third story. In the interior the first story is finished with marble tile, border, and base, all of a different color. On the south side of the first story is a courtroom. On the second story, the District Court courtroom, enhanced by attractive woodwork, has a high stamped metal ceiling and a gallery, supported by iron columns. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court. The architect was James Riely Gordon of San Antonio and the contractor was Sonnefield, Emmins and Albright of San Antonio. The building was restored in 1982. The architect was Edward Mattingly Associates and the contractor was Cox Restoration Inc. and Emerson Construction Company Inc. The building was restored again in 2003. The architect was Architects Rabe +Partners and the contractor was Phoenix I Restoration and Construction, Ltd. On the north side is the County Courthouse Annex.
Note: The courthouse is similar to the courthouse constructed in Comal County as the architect used the same plans.
See: The architect James Riely Gordon of San Antonio, Texas
Note: The first courthouse was a two story structure built in 1878 and burned in 1897. The second courthouse was constructed in 1897 at a cost of $32,270.
County Courthouse - Giddings
Photos taken 2006, 2014 and 2019