County Seat – Palestine
Built – 1914
Architect – C.H. & Austin Page
Style – Renaissance Revival
Pictures taken – 12/30/03 – 1-4/04 and 3/2/03.
These pictures were taken on a New Year’s trip to Palestine, visiting our good friends – Mary & Mike. This was my first attempt at taking night pictures, using night scene and using a tripod. They came out OK, but I was really impressed by Clem’s picture of the dome at night using the 10X zoom on the Olympus. It was at this point that I decided I would start carrying both cameras. On the same trip, I ran out of battery at Smith county, which added to my resolve to begin carrying both the Olympus and the Canon.
Back to the County Courthouse. It really is one of the beautiful courthouses – very classical. Adding to that classic look is the impressive night lights. Probably the most notable aspect of the courthouse is the dome and the lady of justice holding the scales. This became even more impressive when we went inside of the courthouse a few days later. The stairwell, marble – all leading up to the top of the dome – with stained glass surely makes this one of the top courthouses in Texas.
I also took a few shots of the courthouse from afar. This building is situated so that is seen from various spots coming into town. I am going to try to take other courthouses from outside their squares. This can help give the feeling of domination that many of the buildings have over the towns they sit in.