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“Old” San Mateo County Courthouse

 
 
"Old" San Mateo County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, November 9, 2009
1. "Old" San Mateo County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. In 1858, Simon M. Mezes donated land to the county so that a courthouse could be built. This is the third courthouse built on this exact site and the forth built in the property. In 1903, the architectural firm of Dodge and Dolliver designed a domed rotunda courthouse. It was completed and ready for occupancy when the 1906 earthquake demolished all but the domed rotunda. The courthouse was reconstructed between 1906 and 1910. The original facade was demolished in 1939 when a Modern style addition was built. In 2005, the 1939 addition was demolished and in 2006 the entrance facade was reconstructed to its original appearance. The "Old" San Mateo County Courthouse is a significant example of Neo-Classical architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 2006 by Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 37° 29.219′ N, 122° 13.791′ W. Marker is in Redwood City, California, in San Mateo County. Marker is on Broadway Street near Hamilton Street. Click for map. The grounds of the courthouse are located on the city block between Broadway
Plaque Mounted to the Right of the Entrance Doors image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, November 9, 2009
2. Plaque Mounted to the Right of the Entrance Doors
Reconstruction of the main
entrance portico and steps was
completed in 2006, restoring the
facade of this building to its
original 1910 appearance.

"The San Mateo County Courthouse", listed on
The National Register of Historic Places (12.13.1977)
Redwood City Historic Landmark No.2 (4.1.1953)
Redwood City Historic Resources Advisory Commission
Street, Hamilton Street, Marshall Street and Middlefield Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City CA 94063, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. California Square (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old San Mateo County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); New Sequoia/Fox Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Fox Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named California Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Former Site of Sequoia High School (about 300 feet away); Sequoia Union High School (about 300 feet away); Lathrop-Connor-Mansfield House (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Redwood City.
 
Also see . . .
1. San Mateo County History Museum. This building now is the home of the San Mateo County History Museum. (Submitted on December 14, 2009.) 

2. Old Courthouse Turned Museum Stands Test of Time. An article by Katie Worth, published in the San Francisco Examiner on October 9, 2009. (Submitted on December 14, 2009.) 
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable Buildings
 
"Old" San Mateo County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
April 9, 2011
3. "Old" San Mateo County Courthouse Marker
Marker is mounted to the left of the entrance doors.
Plaque Mounted on the Left Column at the Entrance Steps image. Click for full size.
April 8, 2011
4. Plaque Mounted on the Left Column at the Entrance Steps
San Mateo County
Court House
Supervisors – 1908
J. Eikerenkotter – 1st Township J. H. Coleman (Chairman) – 2nd John Mac Bain – 3rd Jos. Debenedetti – 4th D.E. Blackburn – 5th Joseph J. Bullock – District Attorney Joseph H. Nash – County Clerk
Reproduction of original plaque
"Old" San Mateo County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, November 9, 2009
5. "Old" San Mateo County Courthouse
"Old" San Mateo County Courthouse and Plaza image. Click for full size.
April 9, 2011
6. "Old" San Mateo County Courthouse and Plaza
The Courthouse is now the site of the San Mateo County Historical Museum.
The Middlefield Road Entrance to the "Old" Courthouse image. Click for full size.
April 9, 2011
7. The Middlefield Road Entrance to the "Old" Courthouse
The Dome Architectural Detail image. Click for full size.
April 9, 2011
8. The Dome Architectural Detail
Courthouse Showing Damage From the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake image. Click for full size.
National Archives and Records Administration, circa 1906
9. Courthouse Showing Damage From the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
Downtown Redwood City image. Click for full size.
10. Downtown Redwood City
A parade on Hamilton Street in the early 1900's (looking north).
The Courthouse is seen on the right.
Editors Note: It is noted that this actually is Broadway Street, looking north
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,809 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on , by John Oconnor of Georgetown, Calif. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California.   3, 4. submitted on .   5. submitted on , by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California.   6, 7, 8. submitted on .   9, 10. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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