Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 203 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
honuss by tire, yet, fortunate for the citizens
of the county, the records have never been
lost, a a tire-proof building separate and
apart from the courthouse, but adjacent to
tle samre, was used for the safe-keeping of
valuable papers and records.
ITE I' tRI KT COURTIIOUSE.
Thlis being the banner county in the State
in weltth and population and enterprise, after
the destruction of the old courthouse by this
last tire, it was tile wish of the people that
Dallas county should have a courthouse
-)on'd to none in the South.
The rnew courthouse, which is just being
completed, is constructed of Little Rock (ArkLmsais)
blue granite and( Pecos red sandstone,
nsinir eight columns of Texas granite the same
at in the capitol, two being placed at each of
the four entrances. The first story is built
entirely of tile blue granite and the remainder
of the building of tie red sandstone, witli
triimmings of the blue granite. The body
of the building is three stories highi, the
summtlit of tlhe eight round towers which
ar^ pllcetd on the main building being
118 feet, from the surface of the ground.
Thte hegsitl of the main tower in the center of
the buildlitng is 205 feet. The building is
188 fiet aid eight inches long, by 106 feet,
vleven itchels wide. There are six court roons
in th building, 40 x 56 feet, and two library
rooms, of theaunme size. These eight rooms
tam iitulted on the wscond and third
flors. On the first floor are located all the
county offiees, firteet inl tumbler, whlicll will
Nl uiet ty I couty officers. )On the second
floor there are seven offices, and on the third
floor nine offices, besides the court rooms
mentioned. The first floor has two toilet
rooms; the second floor, four; third floor,
two; and fourth floor, two. Thle fourth floor
has eight offices.
Tlere are two passenger elevators in the
building, one on each side of the main stairway.
It is a fire-proof building, all structural
work being iron, as is the stairway. The
floors in corridors and toilet rooms are of encaustic
and vitreous tile, and the wainscoting
of Tennessee marble, the wainscoting rising
to a height of three feet and six
inces in the
corridors and five feet in the toilet rooms.
The floors of the court rooms and libraries
are covered with linoleum tile. The wainscoting
is of white oak, as is also the entire
wood finish of the building.
The roof is slate, laid in horizontal bands
of red, blue and green, excepting tile eight
round towers which are covered with red
All sheet metal work about the building is
of fourteen and sixteen ounce copper. Water
service throughout the building will be perfeet,
and for lighting purposes combination
fixtures are provided, and either gas or electric
ligllts can be used.
In tle mnain tower is placed a clock of the
E. I:oward make, being a number-three
striker, having four illuminated glass dials
nine feet six inches in diameter. The clock
strikes the hours only, with a bell weighing
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/203/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.