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Lamar County Courthouse
County Seat - Paris, Texas

Lamar County has had six courthouses:
1841, 1844 (the first in Paris), 1847, 1873, 1897 and 1917.

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Paris Texas restored 1917 Lamar County courthouse
An interior and exterior restoration of the 1917 Lamar County courthouse was completed in 2005. - Terry Jeanson, June 2007 photo

The Present Lamar County Courthouse

Date: 1917
Architect: Barry & Smith and Sanguinet & Staats
Style: Classical Revival with Romanesque detail
Material: Built from marble and granite cleaned from the burned 1897 courthouse, the pink granite is from the same quarry as the State Capital.

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Lamar County Courthouse East entrance triple arches, Paris Texas
Triple arched entrance facing Main Street (BUS 271.)
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007
Paris TX Lamar County Courthouse Lamppost Eagles
Lamppost with open-winged eagles at its base over the Houston street entrance.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007
Lamar County courthouse 1939 old photo, Paris Texas
Lamar County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Lamar County courthouse, Paris, Texas
Lamar County Courthouse historic image
L - Lamar County Courthouse
R - Lamar County Courthouse before the 1916 fire
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The 1897 Lamar County Courthouse

 1897 Lamar County Courthouse, Paris Texas
This photo of the 1897 Lamar County courthouse hangs in a display case on the fourth floor of the current courthouse. The fourth floor jail in the courthouse was vacated in 1993 and converted into office space. Terry Jeanson, June 2007
Photographer's Note:
Although Kelsey's book lists the previous courthouse as 1896, the historical marker in front of the courthouse says 1897.
Post Office mural "Rebuilding of paris" shows old courthouse
Detail of "Rebuilding of Paris" Mural by Jerry Bywaters showing the 1897 courthouse. TE photo, 2009
A tin-type of Lamar County Courthouse, Paris, Texas
A tin-type of Lamar County Courthouse

Photo courtesy Mark Armstrong
 
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