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Redwood City in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Old San Mateo County Courthouse

The Path of History

 
 
Old San Mateo County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 2, 2013
1. Old San Mateo County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. Simon M. Mezes, owner of the land that now includes most of Downtown Redwood City, donated a block to the newly-formed San Mateo County in 1858 so that a courthouse could be built. There were eventually four courthouses built on this property. Couthouse No. 2 photo above left, was completed in 1883, In 1903, the architectural firm of Dodge and Dolliver designed Courthouse No. 3, which was ready for occupancy when the 1906 earthquake demolished all but the dome rotunda. This building was reconstructed between 1906-1910, middle photo, becoming Courthouse number 4.

The original entrance facade was demolished in 1939, and a Moderne Style addition was built, directly attached to the front of the building (pictured above, right), using funds from the Public Works Administration. The north facade received a new addition in 1941. The wooden flagpole, pictured in the 1915 photo above, was removed and now stands in front of the current City Hall at 1017 Middlefield Road. In 2005, the 1939 addition was demolished and the entrance facade was reconstructed to its original appearance. The “Old” San Mateo County Courthouse, now San Mateo County Historical Museum, is a significant example of Neo-Classical architecture, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Presented by the Redwood Historic Resources Advisory
Old San Mateo County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 2, 2013
2. Old San Mateo County Courthouse Marker
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Erected by Redwood Historic Resources Advisory Committee.
 
Location. 37° 29.183′ N, 122° 13.786′ W. Marker is in Redwood City, California, in San Mateo County. Marker is on Broadway Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2221Broadway Street, Redwood City CA 94063, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fox Theater (a few steps from this marker); New Sequoia/Fox Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named "Old" San Mateo County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Sequoia Union High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Site of Sequoia High School (within shouting distance of this marker); California Square (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named California Square (about 500 feet away); Lathrop-Connor-Mansfield House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Redwood City.
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable Buildings
 
Old San Mateo County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 2, 2013
3. Old San Mateo County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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