Cameron County Courthouse (1882)

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Cameron County Courthouse (1882)
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1882 Cameron County Courthouse
Location Brownsville, Texas
Coordinates 25°54′12″N 97°29′46″W / 25.90324°N 97.49605°W / 25.90324; -97.49605Coordinates: 25°54′12″N 97°29′46″W / 25.90324°N 97.49605°W / 25.90324; -97.49605
Built 1883
Architect Jasper N. Preston
Governing body Private
Designated 1962
Cameron County Courthouse (1882) is located in Texas
Cameron County Courthouse (1882)
Location of Cameron County Courthouse (1882) in Texas

The original Cameron County Courthouse, also known as the Rio Grande Masonic Lodge No. 81, is an historic building located at 1131 East Jefferson Street in Brownsville, Texas. It was designed by architect Jasper N. Preston in the Second Empire style of architecture. Built between 1882 and 1883 by S. W. Brooks as the first court house of Cameron County, it served as such until 1914 when the 1912 courthouse was completed. It was sold in 1914 to Rio Grande Lodge No. 81, A.F.&A.M., chartered in 1851, which still occupies it along with several appendant Masonic bodies. Its central clock tower and elaborate gabled roof were destroyed in the Labor Day 1933 hurricane and replaced by a flat roof. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

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