Marion County is named for Francis Marion, who was a general during the American Revolutionary War.
Created: February 8, 1860
Jefferson 1860 – present
County Courthouse – Jefferson
Location: 102 West Austin Street / South Polk Street
Built: 1912 – 1913
Style: Texas Renaissance and Classical Revival
Architect: Elmer George Withers
Contractor: L R Wright and L O Hitchcock
Description: The building faces northwest and is a two story yellow colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The northwest front has a large porch with two high white colored columns. The recessed entrance has a small pediment above the doorway. The south side has a a similar porch. A balustrade runs along the flat roof line. The base of the building is dark brown colored brick.
See: The architect, Elmer George Withers, designed a similar courthouse in Roberts County in western Texas.
Murphy Building – Jefferson
Location: 114 West Austin Street / South Polk Street
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: John C Murphy and James M Murphy
Contractor: John C Murphy and James M Murphy
Description: The building faces northwest and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building faces northwest and was completed in 1850’s. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of the city to the southwest of the courthouse. The northwest front has a central entrance and the roof line is flat. The building contains a courtroom.
Note: The building served as the courthouse from 1884 until 1912. The brothers John C Murphy and James M Murphy built this structure as a warehouse in the riverfront district. In 1884 the building was remodeled for county offices and courts. In 1915 it became the City Hall. In 1983, the building became a county office.
E – Caddo Parish, Louisiana
S – Harrison County
W – Upshur County
Photos taken 2010, 2017 and 2019