Tuolumne County

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Tuolumne County is named for the Tuolumne River, which name means “cave people” or “stone wigwams”.

 

Created:  February 18, 1850

County Seat: 

Sonora 1850 – present

 

County Courthouse – Sonora  

 

Location:  41 Yaney Avenue / North Norlin Street

Built:  1898 – 1900

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William Mooser & Son of San Francisco

Contractor:  Charles F McCarthy

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story yellow colored Roman pressed brick, Colusa sandstone and concrete structure. The building sits on the side of a hill which descends to the east. On the north front double stairs ascend to a one story portico supported by two groups of three stone Corinthian columns and with balcony on the second story. The entrance is arched and rises to an arched window on the second story. A square clock tower rises above the roof line. The tower has small arched windows with clock above and open cupola at the top.  The red colored tile roof is pitched.

 

Note:  The cost of construction of the courthouse was $105,000.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Tuolumne County Courthouse.

 

County Administration – Sonora  

 

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Location:  2 South Green Street / West Jackson Street

Built:  1978 – 1980

Style:  Modern

Architect:  RVA / Dean Unger

Contractor:  Ticon Construction

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story yellow colored stone, glass and concrete structure. The building sits on the side of a hill which descends to the east. The north entrance is on the second story. The building has large vertical windows which project from the building. The roof has a wide overhang.

 

County Office Building – Sonora

 

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Location:  40 Yaney Avenue / North Norlin Street

Built:  1981 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Angello-Vitiello-Nitya, Inc

Contractor:  Harold J Younger Construction

 

Description:  The building faces south and Built in 1981, the modern building is a four story yellow colored stone, glass and concrete structure. The building faces south and was completed in 1982. The south central entrance on the first story is recessed.  The east side of the front rises in tiers. The west side of the front has recessed horizontal windows. The building is the Albert N Francisco Building.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Calavveras County and  Alpine County

E – Mono County

S – Madera County, Mariposa County and Merced County

W – Stanislaus County

 

 

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Photos taken 2013