SkyscraperPage Forum

SkyscraperPage Forum (
-   Buildings & Architecture (
-   -   Your County Courthouse (

JonathanGRR Jan 26, 2014 8:35 PM

Your County Courthouse
I was supposed to do jury duty last week, but I never ended up having to go in. Regardless, it gave me the idea for this thread. (There is an older thread in the archives, but many of the pictures are gone.)

Here is the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

This facility was built in the 2000's after the Hall of Justice (built in 1967 in the name of urban renewal) was torn down in 2002...which apparently no one ever enjoyed being in:

When the Hall of Justice was built, it replaced the functions of the Richardsonian Romanesque courthouse built in 1892 (subsequently torn down):

'Tis a shame that our old courthouse (along with our old city hall and old post office) is gone...

EastSideHBG Jan 26, 2014 9:21 PM

Here is ours in Montgomery County, PA located in Norristown and right down the street from me; it's a cool building that kind of reminds me of a miniature version of our state's capitol:

The view from Main St.

And here you can see its dome sticking out in our skyline:

TarHeelJ Jan 26, 2014 9:23 PM

Current Fulton County Courthouse (Atlanta), built in 1911:

Second Fulton County Courthouse, built in 1895:

First Fulton County Courthouse, built in 1838:

Fulton County Government Center (courthouse annex), built in 1989:

Steely Dan Jan 26, 2014 9:39 PM

With over 900 sq. miles and over 5,000,000 people, cook county has many courthouses spread around the county, but here are the two main county courthouse structures in downtown Chicago.

Here's the original city/county building that serves as the combined headquarters for both the city of chicago and cook county governments.

and here's the annex structure, the daley center, built in the 60s after the chicago/cook county bureaucracy outgrew the original building. This structure is where the courtrooms for the county are located today.

hauntedheadnc Jan 26, 2014 10:09 PM

Buncombe County Courthouse, built in 1927. When completed, it was the tallest courthouse in North Carolina.

Catch it at night, and it can look very ominous.

bobdreamz Jan 26, 2014 10:19 PM

Miami Dade County Courthouse

Built in 1925 and standing at 360 feet | 120 m with 28 stories it was the tallest building at the time south of Baltimore.

From Wiki:

In the early 1920s, architect A. Ten Eyck Brown entered a design competition for Atlanta City Hall, which was rejected.
He then made the plans available to Dade County, and City and County officials readily approved them.

SignalHillHiker Jan 26, 2014 11:16 PM

This is the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador:


This is the main court house in Harbour Grace:

This is the one in Bonavista:

And the one in Trinity (white one behind the red Parish Hall at centre):

Boisebro Jan 26, 2014 11:48 PM

the old Ada County Courthouse is next the statehouse in downtown Boise. it's scheduled for renovation into a new law school:

the new Ada County Courthouse is a few blocks south of the old one. it's the lower left building in this image:

hauntedheadnc Jan 27, 2014 1:10 AM

I went looking through my photobucket account to find any other courthouses I might have happened to catch...

North Carolina

Henderson County Courthouse -- Hendersonville, NC

This is the historic courthouse, built in 1904. It's no longer used as a courthouse, and instead hosts the county government and a regional history museum.

Jackson County Courthouse -- Sylva, NC

Like Henderson County's old courthouse, this one has been repurposed. It's now the county library.

Rutherford County Courthouse -- Rutherfordton, NC

South Carolina

Florence County Courthouse -- Florence, SC

It's the building in the background, on the left.

Greenville County Courthouse -- Greenville, SC

Sumter County Courthouse -- Sumter, SC

Minato Ku Jan 27, 2014 1:46 AM

Palais de Justice de Paris
The building is located on Ile de la Cité in the middle of Paris near the Prefecture de Police (Paris police HQ) building and Notre Dame.
It is build on the site of the former Palais de la Cité royal palace of which the famous Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie remains.
This is why to visit the Sainte Chapelle, you need to pass through security gates.

The Conciergerie and the Saint Chapelle dates of the XIII century, you can found other older trace of the former Palace.
Anyway most of Palais de Justice was build during the second end of the 19th to the early 20th century.
Picture by Nitot, Wikipedia
Picture by Mbzt, Wikipedia

This building is now too small, a new Courthouse is under in construction.
The Tribunal de Grande Instance (High court?) of Paris will move in a brand new 525 ft skyscraper by 2017-18.

There are also three other Tribunal de Grande Instance (High court) in Préfecture de Police jurisdiction.
Those courts are located in the capital of the three inner suburbs departement (Hauts de Seine, Seine Saint Denis and Val de Marne).

Tribunal de Grande Instance de Bobigny

Tribunal de Grande Instance de Nanterre
The building on the left, the rest of the complex is the Préfecture of Hauts de Seine department HQ.

Tribunal de Grande Instance de Créteil

TarHeelJ Jan 27, 2014 3:33 AM


Originally Posted by bobdreamz (Post 6423848)

Built in 1925 and standing at 360 feet | 120 m with 28 stories it was the tallest building at the time south of Baltimore.

From Wiki:

In the early 1920s, architect A. Ten Eyck Brown entered a design competition for Atlanta City Hall, which was rejected.
He then made the plans available to Dade County, and City and County officials readily approved them.

He designed Atlanta's Fulton County Courthouse as well as several other buildings around Atlanta. :tup:

Ch.G, Ch.G Jan 27, 2014 4:54 AM


Originally Posted by Minato Ku (Post 6424141)
Tribunal de Grande Instance de Créteil

:slob: So awesome.

Buckeye Native 001 Jan 27, 2014 6:16 AM

Coconino County Courthouse, Flagstaff Arizona:
2013-07-06 Flagstaff 35 by buckeyenative001, on Flickr

Originally constructed in 1894 using sandstone from the Sedona area, expanded in the 1950s (the portion with the garage door in the lower right hand corner was the original Coconino County Jail before the new jail was completed in 2000) and renovated in 2001-2002.

jd3189 Jan 27, 2014 6:24 AM

I had my first photo thread featuring the Palm Beach Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach

This is the old one.

And the new one.

The highest floor is an observation deck. You don't have to pay but you need an excuse (ex.court meeting, field trip) to get up here.

I own all these pictures.

LMich Jan 27, 2014 9:51 AM

Ingham County Courthouse
Ingham County Courthouse by © Doug Waggoner, on Flickr
Ingham County Courthouse | Mason, MI by NightFox Photography, on Flickr

Were Lansing the county seat, I can tell you this thing would have been demolished when "urban renewal" made it's rounds.

JonathanGRR Jan 27, 2014 10:34 PM

What is also nice about the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason (making Lansing the only state capital that is not also its county's seat of government) is that the small-town feeling allows the courthouse to have more of a 'presence.' If it were in Lansing, surely it would be dwarfed by the Capitol and other buildings in downtown.

Trevor3 Jan 27, 2014 11:44 PM

We don't have counties in Newfoundland, but we do have a bunch of towns which act as service centres for broader regions which are loosely defined by the people that live there. Stephenville has the courthouse which serves Bay St. George and the southwest coast of the island, as far east as Francois.

It was built in the 1950s as a dormitory on the U.S. Air Force base here (Ernest Harmon AFB) and converted to a courthouse following the base's closure in 1967. It has no real presence from street level. It's dwarfed by the college and a large apartment building which you can see rising up above it in the background, a bar across the street which sits on a hill, and is surround by 6 other buildings which look identical to it and have been converted to apartment buildings.

Double L Jan 27, 2014 11:58 PM

The current Harris County Courthouse. (Houston, TX)

The historic Harris County Courthouse,_Texas

Centropolis Jan 28, 2014 12:31 AM

I live in a pre-world war one suburb of st. louis, so this is the st. louis county courthouse in the sunbelty downtown that is the st. louis county seat, not the city courthouse downtown st. louis city.

Centropolis Jan 28, 2014 12:35 AM

St. Louis City courts building:

and of course the 1840s old courthouse structure:

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:13 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.