Denton Square at Dusk

While I’ve lived in Dallas for almost a decade, I’ve only been to Denton on a handful of occasions. Denton is a medium-sized city an hour north of Dallas and Fort Worth. It’s a big college town, home to both North Texas University and Texas Women’s University. Unlike Dallas, Denton hasn’t completely razed all its cool old buildings. Walking through Denton Square on a sunny April afternoon, I felt like Marty McFly walking around in 1955.

Old Bank Buildings

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I love this old bank building, done in a Beaux Arts architectural style

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The old bank building also has this awesome clock on the corner.

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Right across the street from the old bank building is a Mid-Century Modern bank tower. It’s ugly but I still kind of like it.

Denton Square

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Denton County Courthouse. I love the way the setting sun reflects off of the limestone.

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The back of the Denton County Courthouse.

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I love that someone stuck googly eyes on the side of the courthouse.

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A memorial to all the major US wars (up to the turn of the 21st century.)

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Confederate Memorial. It’s controversial to say the least. Especially in a liberal college town in deep red Texas.

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The square itself is a bit of a time capsule, complete with New Deal era sidewalks.

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I’m not sure if these are bike racks or just little sculptures, but I like them.

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On the back of one of the buildings is this big Texas Flag, with a star in the window.

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Denton has a lot of mid-20th century architecture, not all of which is attractive.

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The old Opera House, painted pink and purple for some reason. Inside is an amazing bookstore.

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I love the marquee on this music store. Also, the coffee shop on the right is awesome.

Interesting Signs

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Campus Theatre. I like the curve on the top of the sign.

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Neon sign for a 24-hour diner on the square.

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This old Denton Square theater is currently vacant.

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This old shoe sign looks like it’s kicking the building next to it.


Have you been to Denton? If so, what are some of your favorite buildings there? Let me know in the comment section.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs regularly at

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