Old Dallas County Courthouse
Unlike current court offices that are open only to those who have business dealings with the court, need the services of a county clerk, or to find public documents, the Dallas Old District Court on Houston Street is the place is worth a visit for completely different reasons. Architecturally, the red sandstone building is an inspiring and iconic feature of downtown Dallas, Texas. It rises like a sunset castle across the street and invites history buffs inside. It is now more accurately called the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture. You can also find the city’s official visitor center inside.
Built in 1890, this impressive building, with rows of arched windows, turrets and clock towers, and dome at the top, contains many interesting artifacts, exhibits, and information important to Texas residents. and visitors from afar. One of the most visited places by tourists is the open-roofed cenotaph in memory of John F. Kennedy. John Neely Bryan’s chalet kept outside the square is also popular.
Although legal proceedings continue at the site into 2022, the focus remains on educating the public, Army Scouts, school trips, and other organizations that visit the site. Permanent exhibitions and galleries inside include information on prehistoric times, the early years of Western expansion, commercial information, modern popular culture references, and more. The exhibits offer a mix of physical artifacts, signs, photographs, artwork, and complementary sources. It’s all centered around Dallas and what the city was like and continues to be important to the larger fabric of our country. Temporary exhibits rotate based on availability and interest. When you visit Old Red, you have the opportunity to learn something new every time. If you want to book your next celebration or special event in a unique location, consider renting one of the large on-site venues for a memorable wedding, birthday party or even corporate dinner.