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Old Posted Jan 29, 2014, 12:45 PM
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Austin is the seat of Travis County. The current Travis County Courthouse was built in 1930 and has 6 floors. It's in the art-deco style. It had been expanded a few years after construction. Today the county is running out of space and needs a new building. A plan is in place to eventually replace it in a few years with both an adjacent criminal courthouse and a civil courthouse several blocks to the south. The current courthouse would remain standing. This courthouse replaced one from the 1880s across the street from the Capitol. That building was demolished in 1964.


Here's the 1876 court house.

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Old Posted Feb 2, 2014, 7:49 PM
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The best example of an original county courthouse in Grand Rapid's "metro area" is in Ionia, Ionia County:

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Built in 1885 as a Classical Revival structure, it is the largest structure ever built with Ionia sandstone.

Sadly, only three out of seven counties in Metro Grand Rapids still have their original courthouses (three out of nine if you include Muskegon and Mecosta Counties).

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Old Posted Feb 3, 2014, 12:18 AM
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Rock Island County Courthouse. Circa 1897.
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Old Posted Feb 3, 2014, 4:31 AM
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Current one:


New one, opens in a few months:


This is what it will look like without heavy equipment falling on it:

It's the new tallest building in the south end of the city.
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Old Posted Feb 3, 2014, 5:50 AM
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The Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio is one of a number of great Richardsonian Romanesque county courthouses still operating in Texas. I love the asymmetrical towers and that the facades are on the short sides of the building.


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Old Posted Feb 16, 2014, 1:40 PM
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Cuyahoga County Courthouse - built as part of the Daniel Burnham-designed Group Plan of 1903, completed in 1912. Architects were Lehman and Schmitt.

The courthouse interior is rather ornate for a Beaux-Arts styled building, and in fact made quite the cameo in the movie 'The Avengers'. Remember the scene where Loki zips down a curvaceous marble staircase, transforms into his real appearance and zaps the guy for his retina? Yep - right here in Cleveland It was also used in the movie 'Air Force One'.

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Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg, PA

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Old Posted Feb 16, 2014, 7:18 PM
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Los Ángeles County, by virtue of it being the largest county in the US in terms of population, containing 88 incorporated municipalities as well as dozens of unincorporated communities, and the fact that its land area is well over 4,000 square miles, has a BOATLOAD of courthouses scattered throughout the County, at least 40 or something: http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/locat...istbyname.aspx

I also read somewhere that as a result of LA County's huge population, its courts are the busiest in the US. I realize that even New York City, as huge as it is, is technically divided up among 5 counties.

Most of these LA County court buildings are non-distinctive, in my opinion. Some are great examples of mid-20th Century Modernism, and some are quite striking contemporary designs, like the new courthouse that opened in Long Beach.

In my opinion, some of these courthouses are notable for which celebrity or what notorious person was tried there; the Beverly Hills Courthouse and the Criminal Justice Center in downtown LA have seen some very notable trials in terms of celebrities; the Menendez Brothers trial (the Beverly Hills brothers who murdered their parents and were convicted in the 1990s) took place in Van Nuys.

Charles Manson was tried in a building that no longer houses courts; in fact, the Hall of Justice in downtown LA, built in 1925, has been vacant since 1994 because of the Northridge Earthquake. It is currently being restored and seismically strengthened, and will reopen as the headquarters for the LA County Sheriff's Department, as well as contain other County offices.

Here's a picture of the Hall of Justice from some years ago, when it was shuttered up, awaiting restoration. Behind it to the right is the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.


Here's the old Richardsonian Romanesque LA County Courthouse circa 1900, which was in use from 1891 until 1932, after which it was immediately demolished.

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Here it is some time in the 1920s, sandwiched between the then-new Hall of Justice and the Hall of Records, a building that was built in the 1910s and was demolished in the early 1970s. The Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center now occupies the site of the old 1890s-era LA County Courthouse. I can see how the style of architecture of the old courthouse would've been considered very antiquated by the 1920s. And of course the Deco-ish City Hall that was to open in 1928 would make the Hall of Justice from just a few years earlier look totally dated too.


This is not a county courthouse, but I think the LA Federal Courthouse building is a good example of typical WPA architecture; and in my opinion, of the existing courthouses in LA, this actually looks like the quintessential courthouse.


Incidentally, this courthouse is considered overcrowded and horribly outdated in terms of how courts now function. The federal courts in downtown LA are actually housed in this building and another building, the Edward Roybal Federal Building, a structure that was completed in the early 1990s. A new federal courthouse is now under construction. Once the new building is completed, the WPA-era courthouse will be vacated. I don't know what will become of it.
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American courthouses are the closest structures the US will ever have to rival against the great European classics.
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Erie County Court Building (Buffalo, New York):

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Old Posted Feb 20, 2014, 10:27 PM
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San Diego County:

This new SOM-designed courthouse will start construction next month:


Existing County Courthouse (1958)


Hall of Justice (1996):


And for fun, the 1847, 1871, and 1889 Courthouses, respectively:





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Here's the Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas. It was built in 1895. It was restored from the roof down in 1981. At that time, they didn't have enough money to restore the dome. That was done in 2012. In late 2013, they demolished the Civil Courts Building attached directly to the west side of the courthouse. Soon, they will start to restore the grounds and rebuild the west portico of the building.
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Erie County, PA Court House - West Wing built 1855; East Wing built 1930; and massive, ugly addition to the rear in the 1970s



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This is the Lake County Courthouse (1907) in my hometown of Painesville, Ohio (30 miles NE of Cleveland). The figures flanking the staircase are Cain and Abel (in case anyone ever wondered what they looked like!)

Almost 50 years ago a movie called One Potato, Two Potato, about interracial marriage (a very controversial--and taboo--topic still then) was filmed in Painesville, and was well-received at the Cannes Film Festival that year. Some of the actors became well-known (mainly in television). The father of the main character (a supporting role) was Robert Earl Jones, real-life father of actor James Earl Jones. A concluding scene was shot inside and outside the courthouse, link below...

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Originally Posted by Fortunate4Now View Post
Erie County Court Building (Buffalo, New York):

This building was originally the first Buffalo City Hall, then the County Office Building. The 2nd picture shows the brutalist Buffalo City Court building in the background.

Here's the new Federal Court Building

With the new (1929) Buffalo City Hall in the background

The Buffalo City Court Building (built right after the Kennedy Assassination (and Oswald's on his way out of the jail to the courthouse - hence no windows and complete security from parking garage, up a separate elevator directly into the courtrooms). It sits on Niagara Square - site of the McKinley monument to commemorate the assassination of President McKinley in Buffalo 1904. Only windows are the narrow slits at the ends of the corridors.

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Old Posted Jun 18, 2014, 4:12 AM
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Las Vegas Courthouse

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Old Posted Jul 10, 2014, 12:03 AM
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Salt Lake County really doesn't have a courthouse anymore. This used to be the old one, which is city hall:


Instead, cities have their own justice courthouses. This is Salt Lake City's ... which I'm not a fan of:

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St. Louis city is it's own county, so maybe all of these apply?

Old St. Louis County Courthouse:

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St. Louis Civil Courts Building:

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St. Louis Municipal Courts Building:

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US Court and Customs House:

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Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse (US District Court for Eastern MO):

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Tartu Courthouse, Tartu, Estonia

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Old Posted Jul 10, 2014, 1:49 PM
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The old Courthouse in the center of Rodney Square - Downtown

Replaced by this blah building about 10 years ago - 5 blocks down the street.

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