Dona Ana County

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Dona Ana

 Dona Ana County is named for Dona Ana, who was a legendary woman renowned for her charitable acts in the 17th century.

 

Created:  January 9, 1852

County Seat:

Mesilla          1855 – 1882

Las Cruces  1882 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Las Cruces

 

Location:  251 West Amador Avenue / South Alemeda Boulevard

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Spanish Mission

Architect:  Percy McGee

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description: The building faces faces north and is a two story structure with abode walls. The center part is three stories. There is a central courtyard and the building has exposed vigas and carved wooden balconies. An addition was completed in 1969. The building was a Works Progress Administration project. The building is now being converted into a hotel.

                        

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Mesiiola in 1866. The building is still standing. The next courthouse was constructed by J Sterling Mash Manufacturing Company in Las Cruses in 1912.

 

Court House – Las Cruces

 

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Location:  201 West Picacho Avenue / North Alemeda Boulevard

Built:  1925 – 1927

Style:  Modern School

Architect:  Lehmann & Wuehrmann

Contractor:  R E McKee

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story glass, red colored brick and concrete structure. The building was originally the Las Cruces Union High School. In 2004 to 2006, a modern addition was constructed on the east side. The east front has a semi-circular red colored brick wall with square openings. Behind the wall is a circular section with glass panel walls and rising to a chimney like tower. The north wing and west side are the original school. A modern addition was constructed on the south side. The roof is hipped. The architect was Wiginton, Hooker, Jeffry Architects of Dallas and ASA Architects of Las Cruces and the contractor was .Wooten Construction of Las Cruces.

 

County Administration – Las Cruces

 

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Location:  845 North Motel Boulevard / W Hadley Avenue

Built:  2004 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Design Collaborative Southwest of Albuquerque (DCSW)

Contractor:  Wooten Construction of Las Cruces

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story glass and concrete structure. The east front has a central section with large arch and recessed panels with entrance on the first story. Behind the entrance is a low dome. The north and south sections have higher roof lines and vertical pillars. The red colored roof is hipped.

 

Old Court House – Mesilla

 

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Location:  Calle de Parian / Calle de Guadalupe

Built:  1850

Style:  Adobe

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description: The building faces southwest and is a one story pink colored stuccoed structure. The building is located southwest of Las Cruces and along the east side of the Mesilla Plaza. The entrance is located on the southwest corner of the building. There are few windows and the roof line is flat.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Sierra County

E – Otero County

S – El Paso County, Texas and Mexico

W – Luna County and Sierra County

 

 

 

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Old County Courthouse

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old Administration Building

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2014 and 2019