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2021 Summer Sizzlers – “Modern” Jails of the early 1900s in Dallas

August 24, 2021


In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there was a national trend to provide “modern” jails instead of the cramped, poor conditions of nineteenth century jails. While occasionally controversial, newer jails provided improved and safer conditions for the detainees and jail employees. Three historic jail structures from this era remain in Dallas today – the City of Dallas Jail in the West End (1908), the Courtrooms and Jail in the Dallas Municipal Building (1914) and the Dallas County Criminal Courts Building (1915). Although greatly changed since their initial use, this presentation by Marcel Quimby offers a glimpse into the unique history, architecture and use of these historic buildings.


This lecture will be presented virtually. The link will be emailed on the morning of the session.



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