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The Government District is located in south-central downtown Dallas. It is situated south of the Main Street District, southeast of the West End Historica District, north of the Convention Center District, west of the Farmers Market District, and east of the Reunion District.

Local schools

  • Elementary- City Park Elementary School
  • Middle- Billy Earl Dade Middle School
  • High- James Madison High School


A variety of parks dot the Government District, including Robert E. Lee Park, Lake Cliff Park, John Carpenter Plaza Park, Reverchon Park, Exall Park and Recreation Center, and Ferris Park.

Local Events

Because of the abundance of government buildings and activity in the area, the Government District is not a hub for local events.

Attractions and shopping

The Government District is home to Dallas City Hall, the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, and a variety of additional government buildings serving the local, regional, state, and federal levels. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas is located here and has jurisdiction over 100 counties in North and West Texas.  This Court meets in the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse in the district, and the United States Bankruptcy and Magistrate Courts and a United States Attorney office are also located here.

Area history and information

Visitors to the area will enjoy the Santa Fe Terminal Complex in addition to the array of government buildings in the area. The complex runs from Young to Commerce Street, and was constructed in 1924 as the headquarters for the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. It was formerly the southwest’s largest merchandising center. Today, three of the original four buildings exist and have been renovated for various purposes. Two of the buildings, No. 1 and No. 2, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Schools In The Area

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