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Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County is named for a blockhouse situate on a bend of the Brazos River.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Austin County, Waller County and Harris County 

E – Harris County and Brazoria County

S – Brazoria County

W – Wharton County

Created:  December 29, 1837                Map of Texas highlighting Fort Bend County

County Seat: 

Richmond  1837 – present

County Courthouse – Richmond

Location:  401 Jackson Street / 4th Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  C H Page and Brother of Austin

Contractor:  Texas Building Company of Austin

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure.  The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Richmond. The north front has a central portico with four high columns rising to a header with pediment above at the roof line. The central section on the front, projects from the main building. The first story windows are arched.  On the center of the roof is a large green colored dome with cupola and statue at the top. In the interior, the floor plan follows the traditional cross-axial plan with entrances at each of the four sides. There are mosaic tile floors and green colored glazed tile wainscoting. The axial corridors cross in the central rotunda, a vertical, cylindrical space formed by the round masonry bearing walls of the dome above and reinforced by the round openings in the second and third floors. An iron staircase with open filigree rails just off the rotunda connects the floors. The vertical open space of the rotunda, the stairs rising beside the rotunda, and the corridors radiating out from the rotunda create an interior openness and spaciousness. The District Court courtroom was on the second floor with a third floor balcony. An addition was constructed in 1935. The architect was C H Page and Brother and the contractor was Knutson Construction Company. A further addition was constructed in 1957. The architect was Hedrick, Stanby & Lightfoot and the contractor was P G Bell & Company. The building was renovated in 2013. The architect was Bailey Architects and the contractor was Phoenix I Restoration & Construction, Ltd. On the east side is the County Administration Building.


See:  The architect, C H Page and Brother of Austin designed other courthouses in Anderson CountyHall CountyHays CountyHunt CountyOrange CountyTravis CountyTrinity County and Williamson County.


County Justice Center – Richmond


Location:  1422 Eugene Heimann Circle / Williams Way

Built:  2009 – 2011

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Pierce, Goodwin, Alexander & Linville ( PGAL )

Contractor:  J E Dunn Construction

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story buff and red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the southeast of the center of Richmond. The front has and curved tower rising to a green colored domed roof. At the first story is the entrance with high glass windows above. An arched wall runs in front of the entrance. The windows on the first and second stories are horizontal flanked by small windows.  The roof line is flat. In the interior, the entrance lobby rises to the dome with glass windows and a winding staircase. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Court at Law.


See:  The architect,  Pierce, Goodwin, Alexander & Linville ( PGAL ) designed courthouses in Florida in Indian River County, in Louisiana in Saint Tammany Parish and in Texas in Collin County and Harris County.


County Administration Building – Richmond


Location:  301 Jackson Street / 4th Street

Built:  1988 – 1989

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Christopher DiStefano & Associates, Inc.

Contractor:  Lebco Contractors, Inc.

Description:  The building faces west and is a seven story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Richmond on the east side of the courthouse. The west front has an arched entrance with a high arched window above rising to the top of the building. The center section projects slightly from the main building. The roof line is flat. The building faces the courthouse and was named as the William B Travis Building. 


History:  The county was created in 1837 and Richmond was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1842. The second courthouse was built in 1871 to 1872. The third courthouse was a two story structure designed by George Edwin Dickey and built by Benjamin F Trester in 1887. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908 at a cost of $75,000. The County Administration Building was constructed in 1988 to 1989 at a cost of $5,850,000. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2009 to 2011 at a cost of $58,400,000.



County Courthouse – Richmond

















































County Justice Center – Richmond



















County Administration Building – Richmond







Photos taken 2014 and 2017