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Old Collin County Prison

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1880, F. E. Ruffini; 1938, John Astin Perkins. 115 S. Kentucky St.

The three-bay, two-story, Italianate jail, with a T-shaped plan, is constructed of fossilized limestone blocks from a local quarry. Smooth-faced corner pilasters and shawl arches over the windows contrast with the rock-face walls. Thick scroll brackets support the eaves and a pediment over the central bay. Renovations made in 1938 were funded by the PWA. The jail closed in 1979 and has been used for restaurants, a bookstore, an art gallery, and, currently, private offices.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Old Collin County Prison", [McKinney, 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, 118-118.

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