Santa Clara County

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Santa Clara County is named for the Spanish for Saint Clare, for the Santa Clara Valley and for the town of Santa Clara.

 

Created:  February 18, 1850

County Seat: 

San Jose  1850 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – San Jose  

 

Location:  161 North 1st Street / West St. James Street

Built:  1866 – 1868

Style:  Renaissance Revival / Beaux Arts

Architect:  Levi I Goodrich

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story pink colored brick structure. The east front has wide steps and six large white colored columns rising to a header at the top of the second story. The third story is recessed. Above the entrance and windows are decorative pediments. Vertical pilasters are at the corners. The roof line is flat. The building was renovated in 1931 after a fire and the third story was added and the dome removed. The architect was William Binder and Ernest Curtis.

 

County Courthouse – San Jose  

 

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Location:  191 North 1st Street / West St. James Street

Built:  1962 – 1964

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ernest J Krump Associates

Contractor:  Carl N Swenson Company Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a five story brown and buff colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has a projecting center section with three large rectangular openings on the first story. The windows are vertical. The roof line is flat.  On the east side is a plaza and landscaped grounds.

 

Note:  The building replaced the old Hall of Records constructed in 1892 to 1893. The building was demolished in 1966.

 

County Hall of Justice – San Jose 

 

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Location:  190 W Hedding Street / San Pedro Street

Built:  1988 – 1991

Style:  Modern

Architect:  UHoover Associates of Palo Alto and Helmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc.

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a six story concrete and glass structure.

 

County Family Justice Center – San Jose 

 

Location:  201 North 1st Street / West St. James Street

Built:  2013 – 2015

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

Contractor:  Phelps Construction

 

Description:  The building faces east and is an eight story concrete and glass structure. The building is named as the Santa Clara Family Justice Center.

 

Other Branch Courthouses

 

Morgan Hill  /  Palo Alto  /  Santa Clara  /  Sunnyvale

 

Courthouses: 

N – Alameda County 

E – Stanislau County and Merced County

S – San Benito County 

W – Santa Cruz County and San Mateo County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2015