Details for Bell County Courthouse (Atlas Number 5027012460)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5027012460


Marker Number 12460
Atlas Number 5027012460
Marker Title Bell County Courthouse
Index Entry Bell County Courthouse
Address 101 E. Central Ave.
City Belton
County Bell
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 646583
UTM Northing 3436833
Subject Codes courthouses
Marker Year 2000
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Central Ave. at Main St.
Marker Size Medallion and plate
Marker Text Using arched passageways, round-arch and pedimented windows, a clock tower with columned gallery, and a rusticated limestone finish, Jasper N. Preston & Son of Austin designed the 1885 Bell County Courthouse in the Renaissance Revival style. Ben D. Lee served as contractor. The original tower and dome were removed in the 1950s, but were rebuilt in 1999 based on documentation provided by historic photographs. A fine example of Preston's work, the style is echoed throughout Belton's downtown, in large part rebuilt after an 1889 fire razed much of the commercial district. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2000