Madera County

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Madera County is named for the Spanish word meaning “wood”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Merced CountyMariposa County and Tuolumne County

E – Mono County

S – Fresno County

W – Fresno County


Created:  March 11, 1893                                               Location in the state of California

County Seat: 

Madera   1893 – present


Old County Courthouse – Madera 


Location:  210 Yosemite Avenue / North G Street

Built:  1900 – 1902

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Hugh Braunton of Fresno

Contractor:  Madera Company


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story granite structure. The granite facing came from Raymond Granite quarries. The northwest front has a projecting center section with recessed entrance on the first story with an arch supported by two columns. On the second story is a balcony with recessed arch and columns behind. At the roof line is a pediment. A wide cornice runs along the roof line. On the center of the roof is a high square clock tower with clock and small cupola at the top. The building is surrounded by spacious landscaped grounds. The building now houses a museum.


Note:  A fire on December 8, 1906, destroyed the clock tower. The cost of construction of the courthouse was $100,000. The land for the courthouse was donated by Thomas E Hughes and his son William M Hughes.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Madera County Courthouse.


County Courthouse – Madera 




Location:  209 Yosemite Avenue / North G Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a one story yellow colored concrete and glass structure. The building is the former Lincoln Elementary School. The south front has a central entrance with extended canopy and glass panels above the glass doorways. The square windows are horizontal. The roof line is flat. There is an east and west wing which extend south from the main building and these buildings have hipped roofs. The building was remodeled in 1955. The architect was Charles D James and the contractor was A C King Inc.


New County Courthouse – Madera 



Construction 2013



Construction 2015


Location:  256 West 6th Street / South G Street

Built:  2012 – 2014

Style:  Modern

Architect:  A C Martin Partners, Inc.

Contractor:  Gilbane Building Company


Description:  The building faces northwest and is presently under construction with completion in the Spring 2014. The old courthouse is on the north side.


County Administration – Madera 




Location:  200 West 4th Street / North G Street

Built:  2012 – 2014

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Dreyfuss & Blackford

Contractor:  Hensel Phelps Construction Company


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a four story concrete. steel and glass structure. The first three stories are a cream colored concrete and the fourth story is a grey colored concrete with large windows. On the south and north sides,. the center section is recessed and higher than the main building. The roof line is flat. The building is the Madera County Government Center.























































Photos taken 2013 and 2015