Old San Mateo County Courthouse

Old San Mateo County Courthouse (HM16IX)

Location: Redwood City, CA 94063 San Mateo County
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N 37° 29.183', W 122° 13.786'

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The Path of History

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 Committee
HM NumberHM16IX
Placed ByRedwood Historic Resources Advisory Committee
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 7:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 568093 N 4149109
Decimal Degrees37.48638333, -122.22976667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 29.183', W 122° 13.786'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 29' 10.98" N, 122° 13' 47.16" W
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Area Code(s)650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2221 Broadway, Redwood City CA 94063, US
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