Ellis County Courthouse
The nine-story, red granite and sandstone Ellis County Courthouse (101 W. Main St., 972/825-5000, Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) is an architectural masterpiece, and is well worth making the 30-minute drive from Dallas to see.
Designed in the Romanesque Revival style, this 1897 building is a true sight to behold—ornate nooks and crannies give way to massive architectural design features and the entire castle-like element of the edifice is awe inspiring.
One of the building’s fascinating pieces of folklore involves a face carved atop the sandstone columns. The face begins as an attractive homage to a woman, rumored to be the granddaughter of the stone carver’s landlord, but becomes progressively more grotesque, apparently reflecting the unrequited attraction she felt for him.
The interior of the building is also a visual spectacle, with intricate detailing, historically accurate color schemes, and ornate woodwork.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition