Details for Jefferson County Courthouse (Atlas Number 5245010536)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5245010536


Marker Number 10536
Atlas Number 5245010536
Marker Title Jefferson County Courthouse
Index Entry Jefferson County Courthouse
Address 1149 Pearl St.
City Beaumont
County Jefferson
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 394642
UTM Northing 3327961
Subject Codes courthouses; Art Deco
Marker Year 1980
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location 1149 Pearl St. at Franklin
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text The first county building constructed at this site was a jailhouse completed in 1838, two years after the organization of Jefferson County. Located on land acquired from Nancy Tevis, a pioneer settler of the area, it also housed county offices and courts. When the commissioners court outgrew the facility, sessions were held in private homes. The first courthouse here was completed in 1854. Built by John A. Beaumont, it was a two-story square structure surrounded by a six-foot picket fence. Baptist and Methodist congregations conducted Sunday services in the building and during the Civil War it was leased to D. T. Inglehart, a Confederate surgeon, for use as a hospital. A second courthouse was constructed in 1893, twelve years after the incorporation of Beaumont. Designed by E. T. Heiner, it was a three-story red brick building with white trim. Following the area oil boom of the 1920s it proved inadequate to meet the needs of the growing population and was replaced by the present brick courthouse in 1931. Designed by Fred Stone and A. Babin, the fourteen-story building features art deco styling in the use of sculpted ornamentation and marble interior work.