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The Old Red Courthouse in Downtown Dallas

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The Old Red Courthouse in Downtown Dallas

Old Red

Angela Patterson

The Building:

Built in 1890 Old Red was made of huge blocks of gray granite and red sandstone from Arkansas and Pecos, Texas. Authentic architectural elements display a magnificent piece of Dallas County history. The building features:
  • Acroteria/Wyverns: Four decorative creatures perch atop the Old Red Museum. These terra cotta figures are acroteria in the shape of wyverns (from the Latin word for “serpent”).
  • A 90-foot Clock Tower.
  • Courtroom.
  • Grand Staircase: Restored to its original 1890 appearance.
  • Lunettes: More than 100 stained glass windows.
  • Pegasus: Originally built for the World's Fair in New York.
  • Vault: Found during restoration.
  • Location and Phone:

    100 S. Houston Street in downtown Dallas. 214-745-1100.

    The Museum:

    The restoration of the Old Red Courthouse began in 2001 and finished in 2007. The historic downtown courthouse is now open to the public as a museum showcasing the history of Dallas. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

    Getting There:

    The easiest way to get there is to take DART's light rail--either the Red line or Blue line--to Union Station or the West End station.

    To drive there, take I-35 to the Commerce Street exit going east. Take a left on Market Street, a left on Elm Street, and a left on Houston Street.

    The Museum is a short walk from the West End or Union Station DART stations. Visitors may pay an additional $2 with Museum admission to receive a voucher to park inside the county-owned underground garage.

    Unique Wedding/Reception/Meeting Venue:

    To rent space for business meetings, weddings or private receptions, call 214-757-1945.

    Admission:

  • General admission: $8
  • Senior/Student admission: $6
  • Children (ages 3-16): $5
  • Children (under age 3): Free
  • Old Red Members: Free
  • Sunday Only Early Bird Special: $5 for tickets purchased before noon
  • Celebrate Old Red Events/Holiday Traditions:

    November 20, 2010 – January 2, 2011

    A unique holiday tradition in Dallas takes place in the museum’s special exhibits gallery. Fourteen holiday fir trees are decorated by the volunteers and staff from Dallas County non-profit organizations. Visitors may vote for their favorite tree by dropping their donations in the box located near each tree. The tree with the most donations will be declared the winner.

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