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McLennan County Courthouse

Location – Waco
Built – 1901
Architect – J. Reily Gordon
Style – Beaux Arts
Pictures taken – June 23- 24, 2014


This courthouseis stunning in setting, proportion and style.  Great staircase as its entrance (though that’s no longer used) – it is topped with a very classical looking style.  Instead is the coup de gras – a majestic interior view under the dome is topped by a Texas Star stained glass dome.  It is said that at least some of the inspiration for this design came from the Vatican.  This is a not to be missed courthouse, but be warned – the courtrooms seemed like they were an afterthought when an earlier restoration had been accomplished.  Because all of the district courtrooms were in use at the time of our visit, I can’t be sure – but they all looked like they were panelled – and not very impressive.  I was able to gain access to the District Court of Appeals – up on the 8th floor and it was fairly ornate.  Lots of stained glass.  It did have a little ‘squashed’ feel to it, since they seemed to have fitted this courtroom in the attic.  Don’t miss it if you ever visit.

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