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 County: Lamar County, TX
 Collection: Jim Bell Texas Architecture Photograph Collection
Lamar County Courthouse
Photograph of the southeast corner of the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. The upper floors are in the Classic Revival style. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84806/
Lamar County Courthouse 1896 Cornerstone
Photograph of old Lamar County Courthouse cornerstone from the 1896 courthouse in down town Paris,Texas. The original courthouse burned in the 1916 city fire; this cornerstone is incorporated into the new, 1917 courthouse, which was built on the old foundation in a Classic Revival style. Sanguinet & Staats were the architects. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84804/
Paris Texas Plaza Square
Photograph of buildings on the west side of the Plaza Square in downtown Paris, Texas. The large center building has a name medallion center top; "Perkins Building". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84836/
Lamar County Courthouse
Photograph of upper detail of the south east corner of the 1917 Lamar County courthouse, one block north of "Plaza Square", in down town Paris, Texas. Stonework around the top of the building includes carved eagles on frieze, a cornice band, and carved "shields" on the cap; these are noteworthy features of the Classic architecture style. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84877/
Fountain Plaza Light Fixtures
Photograph of light fixtures surrounding the 1927 J. J. Culbertson Fountain in downtown Paris, Texas. The fountain and plaza commemorate the March 1916 fire. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84858/
Downtown Street Signs in Paris, Texas
Photograph of brick buildings at East Houston & North Main Streets in downtown Paris, Texas. The street names are visible on green signs in the center of the image. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84803/
Lamar County Courthouse Exterior
Photograph of the upper-south entrance of the Classic Revival-style, 1917 Lamar County courthouse. The upper details of the stonework include carved eagles, carved shields, fluted columns, and medallions, set off by quarry-faced limestone walls and pilasters. The words "Lamar County Court House" are written across the front of the building hear the roof and there are light fixtures above the shield over the door. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84807/
Paris Texas Plaza Square
Photograph of downtown Paris, Texas, showing three different bricks. All buildings in area were rebuilt quickly after a 1916 fire.The wood work on the front entrance is excellent,unknown if it is a restoration. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84844/
R. M. Clemment Building in Paris, Texas
Photograph of the 1916 R. M. Clemment building on Plaza Square in downtown Paris, Texas. The building is on the northeast corner of Plaza Square, one block south of the courthouse. The current occupant is "Rosie's Antiques". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84873/
Lamar County Courthouse Shield
Photograph of the carved stone shield above the south entrance of the Lamar County Courthouse, including a portion of the fluted column in the background. The shield resembles a national shield. The carved medallion above the window behind the shield is an excellent example of the "Classic" style in vogue in 1916-1917 when it was built. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84888/
Plaza Square Storefronts in Paris, Texas
Photograph of the south end of the west side of Plaza Square in downtown Paris, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84837/
Lamar County Courthouse
Photograph of the Lamar County Courthouse Annex in downtown Paris, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84809/
Corner of Plaza Square in Paris, Texas
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84853/
Lamar County Courthouse
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84880/
Paris Texas IOOF Building
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84846/
Lamar County Courthouse Lawn
Photograph of street signs and veterans' memorials on the courthouse lawn in Paris, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84825/
Front of the Lamar County Courthouse
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84885/
J. J. Culbertson Fountain in Paris Texas
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." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84856/
Lamar County Courthouse Annex
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84810/
Paris Texas Plaza Square
Photograph of building features in downtown Paris, Texas. Brick, wood work, and "carriage light" fixture. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84845/
Lamar County Paris Texas People National Bank
Photograph of the Peoples National Bank building in down town Paris, Texas. The building does not have a date medallion, however it Classic Revival style indicates it fits into the time soon after 1916 fire re-build. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84851/
Paris Texas First National Bank Building
Photograph of upper southeast corner of the 1916 First National Bank building located on the Plaza Square in down town Paris,Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84812/
Fountain Plaza in Paris, Texas
Photograph of the 1927 J.J. Culbertson Fountain, a memorial to the March 1916 Fire in Paris, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84855/
Paris Texas Plaza Theater
Photograph of the Paris Community Theatre in downtown Paris, Texas. Also known as the 1927 "Plaza" Theater. It was built during the time of Art Deco-style influence, which featured vertical lines, as in the two tall sides of the front with arches, the arches are repeated over the four windows. The tall, slender, white stone columns are in a spiral pattern. The cornice brackets (consoles) are curved and the red tile roof repeats curves. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84848/
Plaza Square Stores
Photograph of the west side of the Plaza Square in downtown Paris, Texas showing the storefronts along the street. Restored street lights are visible, which have been installed throughout downtown Paris. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84842/
Lamar County Courthouse Exterior
Photograph of the west end of south side of building of the 1917 Lamar County Courthouse. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84808/
Paris Texas Highway 82
Photograph of Highway 82 west from downtown Paris, Texas. It is also known as Bonham Avenue. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84830/
Lamar County Courthouse Ornamentation
Photograph of upper detail on the Lamar County courthouse in Paris, Texas, showing the upper-east end on the south side of the building. The ornamentation includes carved eagles on the frieze, a cornice, and a carved "shield" on the cap. Carved stone and large, stand-out relief including carved eagles, shields, and medallions are characteristics of Classic Revival-style architecture. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84878/
Paris, Texas Plaza Square
Photograph of South Main Street and the east side of Plaza Square in downtown Paris, Texas. The Gibraltar Hotel building is south in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84893/
Paris Texas Plaza Square
Photograph of buildings in downtown Paris, Texas. R.F. Scott building on the far corner.The two buildings on the east side of the Plaza Square have "Main Street Project" banners hung on their fronts.An unidentified 1916 building is on the right.Note the street lights. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84862/
Paris, Texas Plaza Square
Photograph of one corner of Plaza Square in downtown Paris, Texas. The street signs on the corner read "1st SW" and "Bonham." Some storefronts around the square are visible as well as part of the memorial fountain on the plaza proper. The Peoples National Bank building is in the background, center. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84826/
Lamar County Courthouse Light Fixture
Photograph of a light fixture, next to a fluted column, over the east entrance of the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. Some of the building's light fixtures are reproductions based on the original designs. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84892/
Lamar County World War I Memorial
Photograph of Wold War I Veterans Memorial on the south east courthouse lawn. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84814/
Paris Texas R.F. Scott Building
Photograph of the 1916-1917 R.F. Scott building as built after the 1916 fire. The architect was J.L. Wees, who had built Mr. Scotts home in 1910. Mr. Wees was called from St. Louis to help rebuild Mr. Scotts' buildings after the fire. Mr. Scott owned this block. The building is in a Neo Gothic style appropriate for a business building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84872/
Fountain Plaza in Paris, Texas
Photograph of the 1927 J.J. Culbertson Fountain in Fountain Plaza, downtown Paris, Texas. Ornamentation on the lights, fountain bowls, urns, and a statue exhibit a slightly-modernized variant of the Classic Revival Style. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84850/
Fountain Plaza in Paris, Texas
Photograph of Memorial Fountain Fountain Plaza in downtown Paris, Texas. In the foreground, there is a Texas Historical Commission marker commemorating the 1916 fire. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84854/
Lamar County Courthouse Entrance
Photograph of the Lamar County Courthouse east entrance in downtown Paris, Texas. The cornerstone from the 1896 courthouse at this location is incorporated in the lower-right of the portico. The courthouse has Classic Revival-style architecture, however the entrances are designed similar to the Romanesque style of the old courthouse. The portico has Roman arched openings, short (Syrian) columns, polished red granite columns with carved stone capitals and bases. This offers continuity from old to new and creates a building with mixed styles of architecture. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84811/
Lamar County Courthouse Entrance
Photograph of a close-up view of the aches at east entrance to the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84891/
Paris Texas Downtown
Photograph of a typical red brick building east of North Main Street, on E.Houston Street. Current occupant is "Bois D'Arc Forge". This is the back of building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84898/
Paris Texas First National Bank Building
Photograph of First National Bank building in down town Paris,Texas, upper corner detail. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84824/
Paris, Texas THC Historical Marker
Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission Plaque about the Paris, Texas Fire in 1916. The plaque is located in the city's fountain plaza. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84852/
Paris, Texas Plaza Square
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84833/
Paris Texas Plaza Square
Photograph of buildings around the west side of Plaza Square in down town Paris,Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84841/
Paris Optical Building
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84865/
Paris Texas Plaza Square
Photograph of buildings on the west side of Plaza Square in down town Paris,Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84835/
Fountain Plaza in Paris, Texas
Photograph of the 1927 J. J. Culbertson Fountain in downtown Paris, Texas. The west side of the square is visible in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84864/
Lamar County Courthouse Cornerstone
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84894/
Lamar County Courthouse Corner
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84805/
Lamar County Courthouse Cornerstone
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84890/
Plaza Square in Paris
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth84863/
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