Details for Dallas County Criminal Courts Building (Atlas Number 5113006667)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5113006667


Marker Number 6667
Atlas Number 5113006667
Marker Title Dallas County Criminal Courts Building
Index Entry Dallas County Criminal Courts Building
Address 501 Main St.
City Dallas
County Dallas
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 705328
UTM Northing 3628913
Subject Codes buildings; Spanish Renaissance Revival (Architectural style); design and construction; institutional buildings
Marker Year 1986
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Yes
Private Property No
Marker Location
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Dallas County Criminal Courts Building This site was purchased by Dallas County in 1913 for a new jail and courts building, designed by local architect H. A. Overbeck (1861 - 1942). The steel-framed building, finished in 1915 at a cost of $585,982, is clad with granite, terra cotta, and brick, exhibiting Renaissance Revival styling. The upper six floors housed the jail, designed for 200 prisoners. Two large district courtrooms on the second floor suspended jury trials during summer months until air conditioning was installed in 1951. In 1964 Jack Ruby (1911 - 1967) was tried in the east courtroom for killing assassination suspect Lee Harvey Oswald (1939 - 1963). Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1986