El Dorado County

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El Dorado County is named for the mythical “El Dorado, The Gilded One” which was the California Gold Rush.


Created:  February 18, 1850

County Seat: 

Placerville  1850 – present


County Courthouse – Placerville 


Location:  495 Main  Street / Bedford Avenue

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Clarence Cecil Cuff of Sacramento

Contractor:  Ransome Concrete Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a two stone story structure. The south front has a central arched entrance. The second story windows are arched. The eave extends from the building with a horizontal band of ornamentation below. The roof is hipped. The building was restored in 1970 to 1971. The architect was Robert Mason and the contractor was Buetner-Carter and Dent & Associates.


Note:  Clarence Cecil Cuff modeled the building after the Boston Library but on a smaller scale. The contract with Ransome Concrete Company is displayed in the entrance lobby.


County Superior Court – Placerville 




Location:  2850 Fairlane Court / Fair Lane

Built:  1991 – 1992

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Murray and Downs Architects

Contractor:  Carter Kelly, Inc


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has an extended porch supported by pillars. There is a recessed entrance with glass panels above and a sloped roof. The building descends down a slope on the west side. The roof is sloped. The building houses the Superior Court. .


County Administration – Placerville 




Location:  330 – 360 Fair Lane / Ray Lawyer Drive

Built:  1975 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Caywood–Nopp-Ward

Contractor:  John F Otto


Description:  The building faces south and is a two stone story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building faces south and was completed in 1976. The south front has a large covered porch connecting to Building A on the south side. The flat roof line extends from the building. The main entrance is on the second story. The building descend north down the slope. There is a large center atrium with plants. The building is named the Administration Center. Building A on the south side was built in 1991 to 1992 and is named the Community Development Building and is connected to Building B on the north side by a long porch. The architect was Ehrlich-Rominger Architects and the contractor was Mark Diversfield, Inc.



N – Placer County

E – Douglas County, Nevada

S – Alpine County and Amador County

W – Sacramento County and Placer County















































Photos taken 2013