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 Collection: Jim Bell Texas Architecture Photograph Collection
Plaza Square Storefronts in Paris, Texas

Plaza Square Storefronts in Paris, Texas

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the south end of the west side of Plaza Square in downtown Paris, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Lamar County Courthouse

Lamar County Courthouse

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the Lamar County Courthouse Annex in downtown Paris, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Corner of Plaza Square in Paris, Texas

Corner of Plaza Square in Paris, Texas

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of buildings around the southeast corner of Plaza Square in downtown Paris, Texas. Various storefronts are visible along the street, including the 1917 First State Bank Building on the left. Almost all of the buildings in historic downtown Paris are of the Classic Revival style, since they were rebuilt after the 1916 fire.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Lamar County Courthouse

Lamar County Courthouse

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the upper-south face of the 1917 Classic Revival-style Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas, taken from the southeast corner of the building.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Paris Texas IOOF Building

Paris Texas IOOF Building

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the IOOF Lodge building on the southwest corner of Plaza Square in downtown Paris, Texas. The IOOF Lodge sign hangs on the front corner of the building and the entrance is on the side. It appears necessary repairs have been made to preserve the building. Downtown Paris was rebuilt after the March 21 - 22, 1916 fire. The architecture style is predominantly Classic Revival. Both buildings in this photograph reflect Classic Revival style. After decades of repairs, remodeling, and upgrades downtown Paris is still dominated by the Classic Revival style. The 1917 Lamar County Courthouse and the 1916 First National Bank are in Classic Revival Style. The original name of the building is unknown; the date medallion shows two dates, 1851 - 1916, The Wildey IOOF Lodge entrance on First Street SW has a date of 1921 above it. There is a IOOF sign on the upper front corner.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Lamar County Courthouse Lawn

Lamar County Courthouse Lawn

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of street signs and veterans' memorials on the courthouse lawn in Paris, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Front of the Lamar County Courthouse

Front of the Lamar County Courthouse

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the upper-west end and face of the south side of the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. The courthouse is predominately in the "Classic Revival" style, however the first floor entrances are very similar to the previous courthouse, in the "Romanesque" style. Many of the early craftsmen and architects were not native Texans and the courthouse styles reflect that diversity.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
J. J. Culbertson Fountain in Paris Texas

J. J. Culbertson Fountain in Paris Texas

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of 1927 J. J. Culberson Memorial Fountain in downtown Paris, Texas. The inscription at the base of the fountain says, "Gift of J. J. Culbertson, 1927."
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Lamar County Courthouse Annex

Lamar County Courthouse Annex

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of connection between Lamar County Courthouse and the west annex in down town Paris, Texas, including an annex entrance door. The annex exterior was built to be a close match to the courthouse exterior.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Paris Texas Plaza Square

Paris Texas Plaza Square

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of building features in downtown Paris, Texas. Brick, wood work, and "carriage light" fixture.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell