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.