This dome was restored and reassembled with new lead pieces and reinstalled in the Morton Museum of Cooke County in Gainesville, Texas. The dome was originally created in 1905, and commissioned by William and Ella Dougherty of Cooke county. The Doughterys were fascinated with Japanese culture, and this 12-panel dome reflects the oriental design they admired. 4 of the panels are hand-painted with warlords and geisha.
By the late 1960’s, the Morton Museum was built and Judge William Carroll purchased the dome. He donated it to the museum in honor of his grandparents and aunt, Mr. & Mrs. Bud Doty and Lillian Doty. Since it’s inception, the Morton Museum has been the home of the dome. It is the signature of the museum and an iconic piece for all of Gainesville.
Learn more about the history of the Morton Dome and our restoration project here.