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Temporary Closure of Historic Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square for HVAC Overhaul

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The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square (CHOS), a historic landmark and central feature of Denton Square, will be temporarily closed to the public from January 22, 2024, until fall 2024. This closure is necessary for the replacement of the HVAC system in the building. During this period, the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, exhibit “Team Spirit, the History of Public High Schools in Denton County,” will remain open until Saturday. The museum operates Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering free admission to visitors.

For those needing assistance with research requests related to history and culture during the closure, the Office of History & Culture remains accessible via phone at 940-349-2850 to schedule appointments. Additionally, the Denton County Historical Park at 317 W. Mulberry St., featuring the Bayless-Selby House, the Denton County African American Museum, and the Taylor Log Cabin, will continue to welcome visitors. A notable upcoming event is the Quakertown Park Walking Tour, scheduled for 1 p.m. on February 16.

Updates on events and information during the closure period can be found on the CHOS museum’s Facebook page or at www.dentoncounty.gov/CHOS.

The Denton Square, home to the Denton County Courthouse, is a historic area dating back to the 1880s. It’s known for its vibrant and small-town atmosphere in a growing city. The square features numerous historic buildings, including the Denton County Courthouse, and is part of the Denton Square District, a National Register Historic District. This area is vital for preserving the historic character of Denton and is a hub for community events like the Holiday Lighting Festival and Wassail Fest. The square has been a central part of Denton’s growth and evolution, reflecting the city’s cultural heritage and diversity​​​​.

The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square, a symbol of the city’s rich history, has witnessed several transformations since its inception. The original courthouse, a two-story frame structure located on the north side of the downtown square, was constructed in the early days of Denton. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by fire in 1875, resulting in the loss of most county records. Following this, a brick courthouse was erected in the center of the square. This building, notable for its two-story design and tall central tower, unfortunately suffered damage from lightning and was ultimately condemned and demolished in 1894. The present Courthouse-on-the-Square, which visitors have come to know and admire, began construction in 1895. Its cornerstone was laid in 1896, and the grand dedication took place in 1897, marking the start of its role as a central figure in Denton’s community and history​​.

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