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 Collection: Jim Bell Texas Architecture Photograph Collection
Paris, Texas THC Historical Marker

Paris, Texas THC Historical Marker

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission Plaque about the Paris, Texas Fire in 1916. The plaque is located in the city's fountain plaza.
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 buildings at the southwest corner of Plaza Square in Paris, Texas. The IOOF building is the large red brick building in the background; several highway signs are visible on the street just outside.
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 buildings around the west side of Plaza Square in down town Paris,Texas.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Paris Optical Building

Paris Optical Building

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the Paris Optical Building in Paris, Texas. The building's decorations feature an eagle and the dates 1907 and 1917, which indicate that the building was repaired after the 1916 fire although it was still standing after the fire.
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 buildings on the west side of Plaza Square in down town Paris,Texas.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Fountain Plaza in Paris, Texas

Fountain Plaza in Paris, Texas

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the 1927 J. J. Culbertson Fountain in downtown Paris, Texas. The west side of the square is visible in the background.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Lamar County Courthouse Cornerstone

Lamar County Courthouse Cornerstone

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the 1917 cornerstone of the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. The cornerstone includes engraved names listing the county judge, commissioners, and county officials.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Lamar County Courthouse Corner

Lamar County Courthouse Corner

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the southeast corner of the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas including the upper stone detail near the roof. The style of this courthouse is in a universal "Classic" style; however, it has Romanesque features on the first floor level that echoes the 1896 courthouse destroyed by the 1916 fire.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Lamar County Courthouse Cornerstone

Lamar County Courthouse Cornerstone

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of the 1917 cornerstone of the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. The engraving on the cornerstone lists county officials at the time of the building, 1917, of the courthouse. Note the light fixture to the left.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Plaza Square in Paris

Plaza Square in Paris

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of buildings east of Plaza Square on Clarksville Street in downtown Paris, Texas. The last building on the left, with a dark red canopy, is the 1916 V. W. Wall building. The building across the street on the corner is on the southeast corner of Plaza Square. Several street signs and street lights are visible; the street lights are historically accurate for downtown Paris.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell