Merced County

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Merced County is named for the Merced River which in Spanish is “El Rio de Nuestra Senora de la Merced River of Our Lady of Mercy ) as named by Gabriel   Moraga in 1806.

 

Created:  April 19, 1855

County Seat: 

Snelling   1855 – 1872

Merced   1872 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Merced

 

Location:  627 West 21st Street / N Street

Built:  1874 – 1875

Style:  Italian Renaissance Revival

Architect:  A A Bennett of San Francisco

Contractor:  A W Burrell & Company of Oakland.

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story white colored plastered brick structure. The southwest front has steps leading up to a one story portico on the first story with balcony on the second story. The columns Doric. On the center of the roof is a cupola resting on two stacked drum. The lower drum is decorated with double columns in the Palladian motif. The upper drum is pierced by Roman style windows which are flanked by pilasters. At the top is a laminated wooden statue of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom. Wooden statues of justice adorn three of the vault ends. An addition was built on the north side in 1913.

 

Note:  The building was constructed for $55,970.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Merced County Courthouse

 

County Courthouse – Merced

 

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Location:  2260 N Street / West 23rd Street

Built:  2005 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Nacht & Lewis

Contractor:  Brown Construction Inc..

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story yellow and white colored concrete and glass structure. The west front has a projecting center entrance with wide concrete frame. The north and south sections project with large recessed window between on the second story and the entrance below. The north side has a square tower with pitched roof. A balustrade runs along the west front roof line. The roof line is flat.

 

County Courts Building  – Merced

 

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Location:  640 West 21st Street / M Street

Built:  1949 – 1950

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Walter Wagner

Contractor:  Harris Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and  is a one story white and yellow colored concrete structure. The southwest front has a high center section framed with black colored stone. Across the front are vertical pillars with a recessed wall. The roof line is flat.

 

County Administration  – Merced

 

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Location:  2222 M Street / West 23rd Street

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Franceschi-Lopez-Schreifer

Contractor:  Harris Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story concrete and glass structure. The rectangular building has central entrances on the south and north sides. Between the stories are wide extensions. The windows on each story are vertical with vertical concrete dividers. The roof line is flat.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Stanislaus County

E – Mariposa County 

S – Madera County and Fresno County

W – San Benito County and Santa Clara County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2013