Nevada County

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Nevada County is named for the Spanish word meaning “snowfall”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Sierra County

E – Washoe County, Nevada

S – Placer County

W – Yuba County 


Created:  May 18, 1851                                                  Location in the state of California

County Seat: 

Nevada City  1851 – present


County Courthouse – Nevada City 


Location:  201 Church Street / North Pine Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  George C Sellon of Sacramento

Contractor:  Linndren & Swinerton Inc


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of Nevada City and has a central tower with lower wings. The southeast front has a central entrance with three high vertical concrete dividers with glass panels between. At the top is a clock. On the east and west sides of the front are one story wings with curved glass windows. The roof line is flat. During construction, the supervisor was Robert Steger. On the east side is the Courthouse Annex constructed in 1964. The architect was Mau & Barnum.


See: George C Sellon of Sacramento designed courthouses in Amador County, Lassen County, Plumas County, Sierra County and Tehama County.


History:  The 1856 courthouse was a two story granite and brick Greek Revival style building. The building burned in 1863 and some of the bricks were used in the Masonic Hall. In 1864, the building was rebuilt and in 1900, a third story was added. In  1937, the building was rebuilt in the Art Deco style.


County Administration – Nevada City 




Location:  950 Maidu Avenue / Highwat 48

Built:  1985 – 1986

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Williams & Paddon, Inc.

Contractor:  J R Roberts, Inc.


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story concrete and glass structure. The south front has a large projecting section with peaked roof and glass paneled wall with entrance on the first story. There are vertical pillars along the exterior walls with a wide horizontal division between the first and second stories. The sloped roof overhangs the building.




County Courthouse – Nevada City






















County Administration – Nevada City










Photos taken 2013