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Texas has a long history of constructing architecturally significant county courthouses. The recently expanded and renovated George Allen Sr. Courthouse, originally built in the mid-1960s, has now joined the ranks of these proud structures. Few architects are fortunate enough to be commissioned to design a major public building in the heart of one of the most prominent cities in America. The architects and designers of REES were afforded this rare opportunity and made the best of it. Meticulous research, planning, design and thoughtful attention to detail led to the spectacular re-emergence of the George Allen Sr. Courthouse and its rightful place in the heart of Dallas. This building effectively consolidates Dallas County Civil Court departments and functions into a previously nondescript half-century-old building—transforming the structure into a monument of stability and civic pride for one of America’s foremost cities. This was accomplished while juggling extreme site limitations and a modest construction budget.
ABOVE: The grand lobby is both welcoming and secure. Photograph by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA FACING PAGE: FACING PAGE: The 182,000-square-foot addition was blended into the existing 430,000-square-foot structure, which now houses all of Dallas County’s civil courts. Photograph by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA