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Speaking of historic properties ... an entirely unrelated eBay search over the weekend turned up this gem: a very hard-to-find, hand-colored page from the American Architect and Building News, dating back to November 21, 1896, and yours for the low, low price of $49 plus shipping. What you're looking at is legendary Texas courthouse designer James Riely Gordon's designs for the "Dallas Flats." Preservation Dallas is digging in its records to see if the building was ever constructed -- exec director Katherine Seale doubts it -- because it sure doesn't exist today.