Bee County Courthouse

Bee County Courthouse

1st Courthouse

Building Completion Date: 1858
County Seat: Maryville
Present Status: Gone.
Building Materials/Description: Vernacular, wood picket

2nd Courthouse

Building Completion Date: 1860
County Seat: Beeville
Present Status: Gone. Burned 1888
Building Materials/Description: Frame, rented

3rd Courthouse

Building Completion Date: 1879
County Seat: Beeville
Present Status: Gone. Burned 1911
Architectural Style: Greek Revival
Building Materials/Description: Frame, square plan, 2 story, $3425

4th Courthouse

Building Completion Date: 1912
County Seat: Beeville
Present Status: Existing. Active.
Architect: William Charles Stephenson, Jr.
Architectural: Firm Stephenson & Heldenfelds
Architectural Style: Beaux Arts
General Contractor: W. C. Whitney
Building Materials/Description: Brick. Grand 3 story brick structure with limestone details. Large temple entries with giant-order Corinthian columns and engaged pilasters. Central beehive dome with clockworks, topped by statue of Justice. Remodeling by Ayres & Ayres in 1973. Severe fire damage and vandalism in late 1990- early 1991.