When the Brazoria County Commissioners Court built Cato's new courthouse in 1940 ( AS1) , they did not tear down its predecessor. Houston architect Heiner was commissioned to design this controversial building (and the fact that another Houston architect, J. A. Tempest, is recognized as architect on the cornerstone demonstrates that in Brazoria County, controversy does not just go away) after voters in a county referendum in 1896 elected to move the county seat to Angleton from Brazoria. That the county had just completed a splendid new brick and sandstone courthouse in Brazoria, designed by San Antonio architect J. Riely Gordon, intensified the animosity of Brazoria's proponents.
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