This story is part of Big Wonder–our series that explores uniquely larger-than-life stories in Texas.

The Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie, Texas is one of the best examples of the Romanesque Revival architecture styles in the American Southwest. It also contains a mysterious secret. Marvel at the semi-circular arches, turrets, of curved glass, and working clocktower, but don’t forget to gaze at the faces carved into the facade. Were the faces carved by a spurned lover, or simply a quirk of architecture? We might never know.