Thursday Doors: The Old Dallas County Courthouse


The old Dallas County Courthouse is probably the most historic looking building in downtown Dallas. It was built in 1890 with Victorian architecture. The fine people of Dallas didn’t want to be left out of the latest architectural fads of the day, and made sure to include their own gargoyles, which were included on old churches during the medieval time period.  I’m not sure what this says Dallas in the 1890s, that they felt they needed the throwback to the medieval period, but it is what it is.

This post is part of Dan’s Thursday Doors challenge.




This is the only photo of the doors. I know, missing the point. But I was trying to stay away from the entrance since I was in what my wife calls “hero mode.” I’m in this mode when I have certain protective devices with me. Those said devices are not allowed in museums and public buildings because the curators of such places tend to go ding-dong crazy over such devices, so I was keeping my distance.



If you look closely, you can see one of the gargoyles.



All photos are copyright © Timothy J. Hammons, 2022.

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9 comments

  1. This is a beautiful building!

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  2. That’s a beautiful building. I’m assuming that’s sandstone – the red color is wonderful. I did catch the gargoyle, great photos. I’m fine with you’re being in hero mode, but Norm established when he started Thursday Doors, that we don’t provide bail.

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  3. What a wonderful building, even if I’d think it was somewhere in Europe or at last eastern US. I always appreciate good gargoyles. 🙂

    janet

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  4. I love this red building, I hope someone doesn’t tear it down because it might be old fashion.

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    • I’m pretty sure it’s safe from destruction. It’s the visitor’s center and historical society now. They build a giant, boxy, square, ugly building for the county courthouse a few blocks away. Plus, this one is right next to Dealey Plaza, where JFK was shot, so it’s part of history as well.

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  5. Brillant colors! Thank you for sharing 😊.

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  6. You got some really nice shots! Fine looking building.

    Pat

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