San Mateo County

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San Mateo County is named for the Spanish for “Saint Matthew”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – San Francisco County

E – Alameda County and Santa Clara County

S – Santa Cruz County

W – Pacific Ocean


Created:  February 18, 1856                                          Location in the state of California

County Seat: 

Redwood City  1856 – present


County Courthouse – Redwood City 


Location:  2200 Broadway / Hamilton Street

Built:  1904 – 1910

Style:  Classical Revival and Italian Renaissance

Architect:  George A Dodge and J W Dolliver of San Francisco

Contractor:  American-Hawaiian Engineering and Construction


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story style structure. The building was damaged by an earthquake in 1906 and was rebuilt and completed in 1910. The architect was Glenn Allen of San Francisco and the contractor was Joseph J O’Brien Construction Company of San Francisco. The building has brick with sandstone facing. In 1933 and 1941, the front façade was constructed and the building was expend. The architect was W H Toepke. The building was restored and the annex was demolished in 2005 to 2006. The architect was DES Architects and the contractor was Gonzalves and Sronck. The building is now the San Mateo County History Museum.


Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed in 1858 and remodeled in 1871.


County Hall of Justice – Redwood City 




Location:  400 Broadway / Hamilton Street

Built:  1954 – 1956

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Michael Goodman

Contractor:  James T Barnes, Company of Redwood City and K E Parker of San Francisco


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story concrete structure with an eight story concrete tower on the west side. The north front has vertical pillars supporting a projecting roof. Behind the pillars is grillwork concrete. The first story is recessed with glass panels. Along the east side the windows are horizontal. With vertical dividers between. The roof line is flat.  The building is named as the Hall of Justice.


See:  The county is located in the 1st Appellate District of the Court of Appeal – San Francisco.




County Courthouse – Redwood City





































County Hall of Justice – Redwood City







Photos taken 2015