Stanislaus County is named for the Stanislaus River, which was named for a Yokut Indian called “Estanislao”.
Created: April 1, 1854
Adamsville 1854 – 1855
Empire City 1855 – 1856
La Grange 1856 – 1861
Knights Ferry 1861 – 1871
Modesto 1871 – present
County Courthouse – Modesto
Location: 800 11th Street / H Street
Built: 1959 – 1960
Architect: Mitchell Van Bourg & Associates
Description: The building faces west and is a two story yellow colored concrete structure. The west front has a central entrance with glass panels. On the south side, the projecting section has narrow horizontal windows and vertical dividers. On the north side the projecting section has horizontal windows with green colored vertical shutters. The roof line is flat. On the east side is the Hall of Records.
See: The architect, Mitchell Van Bourg also designed the courthouse in Humboldt County.
Note: The first courthouse was built at Adamsville in 1854, second courthouse at Empire City in 1855, third courthouse at La Grange in 1856 and fourth courthouse at Knights Ferry in 1861. The fifth courthouse was constructed in Modesto in 1872.
County Hall of Records – Modesto
Location: 1100 I Street / 12th Street
Built: 1937 – 1938
Style: Art Deco
Architect: Russell Guerne Delappe
Contractor: Dinwiddie Construction Company.
Description: The building faces north and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The east section rises four stories with a central entrance. The windows are horizontal with green shutters. On the west side is a long two story section. The roof line is flat. There are landscaped grounds along the north side. The building is connected to the courthouse on the west side.
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Photos taken 2013