Rockwall County Court House
Although a new courthouse was built in 2011 in Rockwall, Texas, you may not find a reason to visit it unless you are dealing with the court. If you want to take a trip to learn more about local government or the system itself and see a piece of beautiful architecture, a visit to the new district court makes sense. It has a beautiful dome with a Texas star design that lights up the terrazzo-tiled grain seal in the middle of the lower floor. You can also see a beautiful mural of the new building and the historic courts of Rockwall hanging on the interior wall.
The original Rockwall County Courthouse burned down decades ago. The historic building from 1940 still stands and offers a unique perspective through time. With Art Deco style, the architecture and interior are reminiscent of antiquity. Outside, you can see the foundation with the important names of the various regional judges and architects. Although the building was completely refurbished in 2002, it retains all its unique Parisian-inspired style.
The interior of the 1941 Rockwall County Courthouse invites you to explore the courtrooms downstairs and upstairs. While not an official museum experience, there are plenty of opportunities for you and your family to learn interesting things about this historic building and city. Take the time to look at the many old photographs displayed on the wall as you travel through time and imagine what it was like years ago.
Although the recreational value of visiting either of Rockwall County’s two courthouses is minimal, the historic Center Square building begins the walking tour of the historic center. If you stop by the Historic Park Museum on Washington Street, your group can purchase a pre-printed brochure that will take you to many of the city’s interesting sites. Some of these include the location of the first general store, a masonic hall, and the former site of various shops and businesses in the surrounding streets.