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  Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
 Decade: 2000-2009
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
Lamar County Paris Texas People National Bank

Lamar County Paris Texas People National Bank

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Paris Texas First National Bank Building

Paris Texas First National Bank Building

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: Photograph of upper southeast corner of the 1916 First National Bank building located on the 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, a memorial to the March 1916 Fire in Paris, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell
Paris Texas Plaza Theater

Paris Texas Plaza Theater

Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell