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Monday, November 5th, 2018

Never Reject A Sculptor Who Loves You

The Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie, Texas is said to be the most beautiful in the state. The red Italian granite and sandstone structure was built in 1894 at a cost of $175,000. It’s Romanesque style featured many turrets and gargoyles sculpted by Harry Hurley from Italy (he may have changed his name.)

In the early stages of his work, Mr. Hurley fell in love with a beautiful local girl named Mabel Frame who would have nothing to do with him. To show his love, he immortalized her face in red granite.  As he sculpted more gargoyles, she rejected him even more and his bitterness began to show in his work. His carvings gradually became ugly faces of his desired lover – the last one featuring wild hair, jagged teeth, and eyes of the tortured insane. 

Many months later, a monument was erected to honor the county’s Confederate’s war dead.  The statue, however, focused attention on an unsculpted part of the courthouse. Hurley volunteered to sculpt one last image to fill the vacant spot high on one of the turrets.

The carved image? The likeness of a vagina – Hurley’s final tribute to Mabel Frame.

Ellis County Courthouse pictures: https://www.google.com/