Tulare County

US States / A-G / California / Tulare County

Tulare County is named for Tulare Lake, which is named for the tule rush plant a species of bulrush that line the marshes and sloughs of the lake.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Fresno County

E – Inyo County

S – Kern County

W – Kings County


Created:  April 20, 1852                                                  Location in the state of California

County Seat: 

Visalia  1852 – present


County Courthouse – Visalia 


Location:  221 South Mooney Boulevard / West Main Street

Built:  1955 – 1957

Style:  Modern

Architect:  David H Horn, Marshall D Mortland and Richard P Clark

Contractor:  E H Moore & Sons


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a three story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Visalia. The building forms an “H” shape with north and south wings at each end of the building. The main entrance is along the southeast side where the east section has an open passage way on the first story. A one story section of the building extends south from the passage way on the east side and a three story section with glass panel walls also extends south, on the west side. The west part of the building has horizontal concrete bands between the stories with horizontal windows. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Superior Court.


See:  The county is located in the 5th Appellate District Court of Appeal – Fresno 


Note:  There are satillite courthouses in Diinuba and Porterville.


Old County Courthouse – Visalia 




Location:  230 North Court Street / East Center Street

Built:  1934 – 1935

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Ernest J Kump

Contractor:  Frank J Reilly


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Visalia to the east of the courthouse. The west front has dual steps leading to the first story entrance. The center section projects in tiers from the main building with a recessed entrance and recessed windows on the second and third stories. The roof line is flat. The building is now privately owned. On the south side is the one story brick and concrete Tulare County Welfare Building constructed in 1975. The architect was Harry G Krikorian and the contractor was Lewis C Nelson & Sons.


History:  The county was created in 1852 and Visalia was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse, a small log cabin of rough boards erected in 1852 and jail erected in 1854. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1859. The third courthouse was a three story Beaux Arts structure designed by Albert A Bennett of San Francisco and constructed by A L Stephens and Arnold Childers in 1876 at a cost of $59,700. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1934 to 1935 and is still standing. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1957 to 1957. There are satellite courthouses in Dinuba and Poterville.


County Administration Building – Visalia 




Location:  2800 West Burrel Avenue / South Woodland Drive

Built:  1979 – 1980

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Walter Douglas Vogel Associates

Contractor:  Harris Construction Company, Inc.


Description:  The building faces east and is a one story cream colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Visalia to the west of the courthouse. The east front has a central recessed entrance. The north side of the building projects and is higher. A porch runs along the east and south sides.  The roof line is flat.


Note:  The highest point in California is Mount Whitney at 14,495 feet ( 4418 meters ) which is located in the county on the border with Inyo County.




County Courthouse – Visalia






















Old County Courthouse – Visalia













County Welfare Building – Visalia







County Administration Building – Visalia










Photos taken 2013