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Ector County

Ector County is named for Mathew Ector, who was a Confederate general.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Andrews County

E – Midland County

S – Crane County

W – Winkler County

 

Created:  February 26, 1887                  Map of Texas highlighting Ector County

County Seat: 

Odessa  1891 – present

 

County Courthouse – Odessa

 

Location:  300 North Grant Avenue / East 3rd Street

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Elmer Withers

Contractor:  James T Taylor of Fort Worth

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story white colored grill work concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Odessa. The top stories overhang over-hang the building with pillars along the first story. The central entrance is along the southwest front. The roof line is flat. The County District Court courtroom is located on the third story and the County Court courthouse is located on the second story. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court, County Court at Law and County Justice Court. The current structure was built in 1963 around the old courthouse. The architect was Peters and Fields and the contractor was J W Cooper Construction Company, Inc. An addition was constructed in 1985. The architect was Peters and Fields and the contractor was J W Cooper Construction Company, Inc.

 

Note:  New courthouse is planned and will be built around East Second street and North Texas Avenue. The old courthouse will be demolished and the site used as a park.

 

History:  The county was created in 1887 and Odessa was selected as the county seat in 1891 when the county was organized. The first courthouse in 1891 was a frame remodeled town sanitarium moved to the present square. The first floor had rooms for the sheriff, court clerks and Odessa school, while the county and district courtroom was upstairs. The second courthouse was constructed in 1904 by G W Brillhart. The third courthouse was constructed in 1937 as a four story Art Deco structure. The cost of construction was $141,599. In 1964, the building was substantially altered and modernized.

 

 

County Courthouse – Odessa  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County State District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture 1904 County Courthouse

 

 

Cornerstone 1904 County Courthouse

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2014 and 2019