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McLennan County Courthouse

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1901, J. Riely Gordon with Wesley C. Dodson. 501 Washington Ave.

The courthouse ranks among Gordon's best work, illustrating the range of his talent in this shift from his earlier Romanesque mode to a full-blown classicism. The Beaux-Arts building commands a full block and is executed in white limestone with metal cornices and dome painted to look like stone. The vertical proportions are given a wonderful airiness by the fluttering wings of the large eagles around the dome. Unlike many Texas county courthouses, the McLennan Courthouse is not situated in a public square surrounded by the town's commercial district. Instead, it fronts one of the several main commercial streets of downtown Waco, with a grand staircase that ascends the sloped site.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "McLennan County Courthouse", [Waco, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-WT1.

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 122-122.

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