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    819 W. Oak - Davenport-Ivey House
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    Quaker house model done by HS students
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    Oak – Hickory Historic District

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 7, 2012

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    723 W. Oak - 1898 Victorian/Byzantine-Gothic
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    Just blocks from the Courthouse is a collection of historic homes along West Oak & West Hickory Streets that were originally built by wealthy merchants. There is a lot of Victorian architecture, but there is also a fairly eclectic mix of architectural styles. The Oak-Hickory Historic District was established in 1986, and has the largest concentration of Historic Landmark Designations in the City

    The first two on West Oak are 705 W. Oak (photo 4), built in 1905 in Italianate Victorian style and 722 W. Oak built in 1906 in the Italian Villa style (photo 2). The first photo is 723 W. Oak, built in 1898 in the Victorian/ Byzantine-Gothic style.

    Photo 3 is of the Davenport-Ivey House at 819 W. Oak. In 1885, the original owner built a compact, two-story brick house. A later owner, Robert Hann, played a prominent role in establishing what would become the University of North Texas. After 1905, owner B.H. Davenport doubled the size of the original house, and Ben Ivey made further changes in 1946. The result is the present large structure, which echoes Spanish mission style which dominated North American Mission architecture for 200 years. Spanish Colonial revival is a catalog of styles, unified by the use of arches, courtyards plain wall surfaces, and tile roofs, all derived from the Mediterranean world. Designers were inspired by a number of sources: the adobe and colonial buildings of Monterey, California; late forms of Moorish architecture; medieval Spanish and Italian church architecture; Ultra-Baroque design of colonial Spain and Portugal; rural forms from Andalusia; Italian Romanesque and Renaissance revival elements; and southwest Hopi and Pueblo Indian adobes.

    The last photo shows 812 W. Oak built in 1936 in the Tudor/Tudor revival style. The characteristics of the Tudor-style are half-timbering on bay windows and upper floors, and facades that are dominated by one or more steeply pitched cross gables. Patterned brick or stone walls are common, as are rounded doorways, multi-paned casement windows, and large stone chimneys. A subtype of the Tudor Revival style is the Cotswold Cottage. With a sloping roof and a massive chimney at the front, a Cotswold Cottage may remind you of a picturesque storybook home.

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    Art Six, coffee, hooka, community, and haunted!

    by Rachiez726570 Written May 12, 2010
    Enjoying some soup at art six!

    Art Six is an indie Coffee Shop on the corner of Scripture and Bryan in an old renovated house that was actually the scene of a super gruesome murder of a family back in the 80s. Daily expect, Fair Trade Coffee, creatively named coffee beverages, a varying and exciting amount of Art on display and for sale, candid stories from the owners, affordable out doors hookah and interesting music. On the weekends, often times there are talent shows, and movie nights out back in the garden (which is actually kid friendly, I take my son pretty often and the owners are always happy to sugar him up before we leave) and on Halloween, of course there are some awesome shenanigans.
    I would suggest trying a "better than sex latte" OR Art Six's own rendition of Harry Potters Butter Beer, a super sweet treat ( I add an espresso shot to balance it)

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    Denton County Courthouse

    by ATXtraveler Written Dec 13, 2008

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    The Denton County Courthouse is built in the traditional center of the town square in downtown Denton. This particular building was built in 1896 by WC Dodson, and was built in the Romanesque Revival Style. This building is made out of stone with granite pillars.

    The inside of the courthouse is now the home of the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, which contains exhibits on the historical life of Denton County, as well as a few traveling exhibits that make their way to Denton.

    Overall, this is a good place to pop in while you are taking a stroll around the town square!

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    Courthouse Museum

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Mar 19, 2008

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    We went into the courthouse because we thought the inside might be interesting. And it was. There was a museum in there too. No photographs allowed in the museum, so all my pictures were taken from the hall (photo 5) and some of them are blurry.

    The museum office is in what apparently used to be a room sized safe (photo 2). The main museum rooms have a collection of guns, dolls, baby furniture, Denton County furniture and Southwest American Indian pottery.

    There is a collection of Thimbles and of Pecan Art

    Hours
    Monday- Friday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Saturday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Closed Holidays and Holiday Weekends

    Handicapped Accessible
    Free Admission except for Organized Tours

    Organized Tours - $1 per person which includes admission to all three museums. We didn't take the tour.

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    Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum

    by grandmaR Written Mar 15, 2008

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    A Chronology of Denton County through Weaponry
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    Because I had the AAA book for Texas, I knew that the museum in the courthouse was free. It was very interesting. But there were no photographs allowed in the museum, so all my pictures were taken from the hall. The main museum rooms have a collection of guns, dolls, baby furniture, Denton County furniture and Southwest American Indian pottery.

    The people there in the museum thought my granddaughter would enjoy the Special Collections which has Thimbles from around the World, from the collection of Dr. Bethel Caster and Pecan Art: the Folk Art of B. W. Crawford - which includes some animals made from pecans.

    Hours
    Monday- Friday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Saturday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Closed Holidays and Holiday Weekends

    Handicapped Accessible
    Free Admission except for Organized Tours

    Organized Tours - $1 per person which includes admission to all three museums. We didn't take the tour.

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    Cosmic Bowling

    by msbrandysue Updated Jul 2, 2007

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    Are you gonna dance or bowl??
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    Well, bowling is fun anytime really but it's even better at night (around 10pm) during Cosmic bowling!! The bowling alley turns down the lights, turns up the music and the blue lights come on to make an electric light show with pins and balls. It's really fun with a group of friends and a great way to meet other people if you're looking for it. It really is like being at a club but with bowling. There is a full bar so you can drink it up, too!

    If you're coming to Denton with a younger family this is a great idea to do together. You don't have to come late at night for Cosmic bowling. The alley is open all day long. It is a fun place for birthday parties, too! You can see their variety of hours so you can come any day, anytime. There is also a snack bar so you can eat a meal here if you'd like. And for the kids there is an arcade.

    Extras: Bar, Food, Pro Shop, Arcade

    Hours:
    Sunday-Thursday 9am-12am
    Friday 9am-2am
    Saturday 7am-2am

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    Music Theatre of Denton

    by msbrandysue Updated Jul 1, 2007

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    Getting ready to go onstage

    If you like the theatre I would recommend seeing if there is a show playing with the Music Theatre of Denton. I was able to be in a few of the shows and know they are top notch! Not that I am bias or anything ;) There is a lot of great singing and acting. They always do fun, more familar musicals/operettas so check one out if you have a night out!

    *You can even see my name in a play I did many years ago at http://www.musictheatreofdenton.com/brigadoon2001.php

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    Little Chapel in the Woods

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    This little chapel was camouflaged by the autumn foliage of the university ground and aptly named Little Chapel in the Woods. It was built and dedicated by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1939. It was voted one of Texas' most outstanding architectural achievements by the Texas Society of Architects in 1987.

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    The Sherman Building

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    This was the last lot to be sold on the downtown square in 1857 and was the site from where the Great Fire of 1860 originated. After being reduced to ashes, a new building was built in 1880 as one of the first brick buildings in Denton and housed a dry goods store. Since then there have been several businesses located here. Two building sitting side by side were joined in the 1920's to represent one building. In 1994 another fire announced the fate of both buildings. This new building was designed to represent the architecture of those times.

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    The Coliseum

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    The Coliseum was built in 1971 and has a total of 200,492 square feet. With a nickname of 'The Super Pit', and as home to the Eagles Men's and Women's basketball teams, it has been called one of the finest basketball facilities in college athletics. It was designed for multi-purpose use and has great viewing sight lines from any seat in the arena.

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    Blagg-Huey Library

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    The library is an impressive building surrounded by trees on the landscaped grounds of the Texas Women's University where formerly Dormitory Row stood. The building was named after the first female president of TWU, Dr. Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey. Within the library is the Woman's Collection, which is a major research collection on the history of American women.
    There is also the University Archives, which contains historical information about TWU, Denton and notable women, also one of the largest cookbook collections in the country - including some books that date back to the 1600s and the Women Air force Service Pilots (WASP) archives.

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    Pioneer Hall

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    Pioneer Hall is the newest building on TWU's campus and is home to the 2003 USA Gymnastics national collegiate champions. The team has held this title for 7 out of the past 10 years. There is an indoor swimming pool, running track and racquetball courts, and fitness rooms which have free classes for students and with a fee to the public. What is quite cool is a walking track which is suspended above the basketball and volleyball court.

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    The University Gardens

    by keeweechic Written Dec 9, 2003

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    Right around the Little Chapel are the gardens which were designed to display a diverse collection of plants from Texas and other areas. First established in the 1930's as a laboratory for biology students as well as a recreational area for all garden lovers, the gardens were neglected during World War II. During the late 1970's the area was restored.

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    Students Contribution

    by keeweechic Written Dec 9, 2003

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    The chapels artwork was designed a created by the students of the university. University students designed and created the building's artwork, including stained glass windows, lighting, woodwork and flooring.

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    Texas Women's University

    by keeweechic Written Dec 9, 2003

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    TWU first started off as a Girl's Industrial College back in 1902 but has now become the largest womens university in the United States. There are around 10,000 students enrolled here. Today the two universities make up half of the town's population

    Old Main was the first building on the campus when it opened in 1903 and was once the centre of the whole university. The Greek Revival styled building took 8 months to construct and original equipment that was purchased included churns, ironing boards, typewriters, a scroll saw and a piano, among other items. All the early TWU activities used to take place in this building. There is a Winged Victory in the portico which is a replica of the original Nike of Samothrace in the Louvre in Paris.

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