Monterey County

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Monterey County is named for Monterey Bay which is named after the Spanish words “monte” meaning “hill” and “rey” meaning “king”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Santa Cruz County

E – San Benito CountyFresno County and  Kings County

S – San Luis Obispo County

W – Pacific Ocean


Created:  February 18, 1850                                          Location in the state of California

County Seat: 

Salinas  1850 – present


County Courthouse – Salinas  


Location:  240 Church Street / Alisal Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Robert Stanton and Charles Butner

Contractor:  Barrett and Hilp Construction


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story and three story structure. The building is located on the southeast side on the County Complex in the center of the city. The building has an open courtyard in the center where the old courthouse stood. The building is rectangular with “U” shaped east and west wings extending around the courtyard. The roof line is flat. The building contain decorative elements and the artist was Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Jacob Lenez, Jr, and constructed in 1878. The building was razed in 1936 when the present courthouse was constructed. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $450,000.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Monterey County Courthouse


County Administration – Salinas  




Location:  168 West Alisal Street / Capitol Street

Built:  2003 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wald, Ruhnke & Dost and Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum ( HOK )

Contractor:  SKANSKA and Ausonia Incorporated of Castroville.


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on the northwest side of the courthouse in the center of the city and is square shaped with red colored siding. At the southeast corner is a concave section with entrance on the first story and glass walls above. The roof line is flat.


Other Branch Courthouses


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Photos taken 2015