Details for Austin County Jail (Atlas Number 5015000244)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5015000244


Marker Number 244
Atlas Number 5015000244
Marker Title Austin County Jail
Index Entry Austin County Jail
Address 36 S. Bell Street
City Bellville
County Austin
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 764708
UTM Northing 3316307
Subject Codes jails and prisons; Romanesque/Richardsonian Romanesque (Architectural style)
Marker Year 1976
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size Medallion & Plate
Marker Text Calling their old jail "unsafe, unfit, and inadequate," the Austin County Court contracted in 1896 with Pauly Jail Building Co. of St. Louis to erect this structure at cost of $19,970. Romanesque Revival style, with crenelated parapets, bartizans, and stone window arches harmonized with the 1886 courthouse, which later burned. The gallows, used only in 1901, have been removed; jailer's quarters have been enlarged; but original exterior is preserved. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1976