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DALLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSES
County Seat - Dallas, Texas

Dallas County has had five courthouses:
1851, 1855, 1872, 1892 and 1966

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The 1966 Dallas County Courthouse, Dallas Texas
The 1966 Dallas County courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2008

The Present Dallas County courthouse

Date - 1966
Style - Modern

The 1966 Dallas County courthouse has been remodeled with a large addition to the east side.
 "Old Red" Courthouse, Dallas, Texas

The 1892 Dallas County Courthouse "Old Red"
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Southwest corner of the courthouse at Commerce and Houston
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2008

Former Dallas County Courthouse

Date - 1892
Architect - Orlopp & Kusener
Style - Romanesque Revival
Material - Old granite and sandstone
Still Standing
Old Red Courthouse
(From Historical Marker)
Designated as public land in John Neely Bryan's 1844 city plat, this was the site of a log courthouse built after Dallas County was created in 1846. When Dallas won election as permanent county seat in 1850, Bryan deeded the property to the county, and a larger log structure was erected.

In 1856 county offices occupied a 2-story brick edifice, rebuilt in 1860 after a fire that almost destroyed the city. The fourth courthouse, a 2-story granite structure erected in 1871, survived one fire in 1880 before it burned again in 1890.

The Old Red Courthouse, the fifth seat of county government, was begun in 1890 and completed in 1892. Designed by Architect M. A. Orlopp, it exemplifies the Romanesque Revival style with its massive scale and rounded arches. The blue granite of the lower floor and window trim contrasts with the red sandstone of the upper stories. Eight circular turrets dominate the design. A clock tower with a 4500-pound bell originally topped the building, but it was removed in 1919. Two of the four clay figures perched on the roof have also been removed. To house the expanding county government, a new courthouse was built in 1965. Some offices remained in the 1890 structure, which was renovated in 1968.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1977
Bird's-eye View of "Old Red" Courthouse, Dallas, Texas
Bird's-eye view of Dallas' "Old Red" Courthouse
Photo courtesy C. DeWaun Simmons, February 2006
 "Old Red" Courthouse, Dallas, Texas
Photo courtesy C. DeWaun Simmons, March 2006
TX - 1892 Dallas County courthouse Old Red
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TX - Old Red, Dallas County Courthouse 1903 postcard
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TX - Dallas County Courthouse 1907 old post card
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TX - old Dallas County Courthouse
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1892 Dallas County Courthouse , Dallas, Texas
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X - Old Dallas County courthouse and John Neely Bryan log cabin
"Old Courthouse and Cabin of Dallas' Pioneer Settler, John Neely Bryan."
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TX - Old and New Dallas County Courthouses
The old and new Dallas County Courthouses
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Dallas County old and new courthouses and Kennedy Memorial in Dallas, Texas
"New & old County Courthouses & Kennedy Memorial, Dallas, Texas."
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