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Dallas Municipal Court Building (Dallas City Hall/Municipal Building)

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1914, C. D. Hill, with Mauran, Russell and Crowell; 1956 addition, Mark Lemmon, with Smith and Mills. 106 S. Harwood St.

The limestone former city hall is one of the most monumental classical schemes in the state. Above a raised basement, solid corner bays bracket a central range of ten, three-story tall Corinthian columns. The entablature that wraps the entire building is capped with a deep cornice over large modillions. The recessed attic story, concealed behind a balustrade, is topped with a mansard roof with small oriel dormers. On November 24, 1963, Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of this building on live national television.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Dallas Municipal Court Building (Dallas City Hall/Municipal Building)", [Dallas, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 149-149.

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