Details for 1912 Cameron County Jail (Atlas Number 5061000031)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5061000031


Marker Number 31
Atlas Number 5061000031
Marker Title 1912 Cameron County Jail
Index Entry Cameron County Jail, 1912
City Brownsville
County Cameron
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 650948
UTM Northing 2865999
Subject Codes jails and prisons
Marker Year 1994
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location E. Van Buren at 12th Street, Brownsville
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Originally built as a three-story structure in 1912, this building, Cameron County's second jailhouse, was enlarged with the addition of a 4th floor about 1929. The 1912 structure was designed by prominent architect Atlee B. Ayers and the 1929 addition by Ayers and his son and partner Robert Ayers. The building's classical revival style is a distinctive design for this type of resource. A one-story frame building was erected in the courtyard in the 1940s. The building served as Cameron County Jail and Sheriff's Office until 1978. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1994