Old Red Courthouse

Old Red Courthouse

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The 19th century wasn’t very nice to courthouses. The wood timbers that made up the frames were already susceptible to fires; add oil lamps and arson, and you’ve got yourself a combustible situation. Many historical courthouses have been at least partially (if not entirely) rebuilt, including Texas’ Dallas County Courthouse. Affectionately known as “Old Red,” the red sandstone building pictured was completed in 1892 in the Romanesque Revival architectural style. It was the fifth courthouse constructed on the site, with both the 1872 and 1881 structures succumbing to fire. A larger, more modern courthouse was built on an adjacent lot in 1966, and in 2007, Old Red was repurposed as a museum showcasing Dallas’ political and socioeconomic history.


For more information, visit: https://www.oldred.org/