6 Historic Courthouses in Arizona

Nov 24, 2013

While looking through my photo archives, I noticed that I have several pictures of historic courthouse buildings in Arizona. I haven't been to every county courthouse in Arizona, but I thought I would share with you the ones I have so far.

Built in 1928, the Maricopa County Courthouse is located at 125 W. Washington St. in downtown Phoenix. This Spanish Colonial Revival building was built to house both the county court and the city hall. It is still in use today by Maricopa County Superior Court.

Architect: Edward Neild (courthouse and exterior)
Contractor: Edwards, Wildey, and Dixon

The Coconino County Courthouse in Flagstaff has a unique color known as Arizona Red after the sandstone block that comprises its exterior. Completed in 1894, this Romanesque Revival style courthouse was enlarged in 1925 and again in 1969. It features round-arched windows, large window and door openings, and a very prominent square tower inspired by Roman architecture in Europe.

Architect: J. N. Preston
Contractor: H. Clements and Co.

At the corner of Oak and Broad street in the mining town of Globe, you will find the Gila County Courthouse shown above. It was built between 1905 and 1906 by architect W.R. Norton. The courthouse was originally described as a "modern composite" building with "Egyptian ornamentation and French Renaissance roof lines." Today it is in use as the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.

Architect: W. R. Norton
Contractor: Peter Wilson

The Yavapai County Courthouse is at the center of downtown Prescott. The courthouse is surrounded by a public park lined with many shops, restaurants, and historic Whiskey Row. Built in 1916, the neo-Classical Revival courthouse was designed by William N. Bowman of Denver and features locally-sourced granite around a reinforced concrete skeleton. It is still in use today.

Architect: William N. Bowman
Contractor: Rogers and Ashton

One of Arizona's most unusual looking courthouses is the Pima County Courthouse in Tucson. Constructed in 1928 at a cost of $350,000, the Spanish Colonial Revival building is built of brick and covered in pink stucco. On top, a large concrete dome is covered with ceramic tiles. It was built by architect Roy W. Place, a prolific builder who designed over 20 buildings in Tucson including The Pioneer Hotel, the VA Hospital, and several buildings on the University of Arizona campus.

Architect: Roy W. Place
Contractor: Herbert Brown

Down in Nogales just mere blocks from the US-Mexico border is the Santa Cruz County Courthouse. The two-story building was finished in 1904 at a cost of $28,200 and satisfied the city's needs with a courthouse and a small 4-cell jail. The building features limestone block construction and an aluminum-clad dome topped by a statue of Astraea, Goddess of Justice.

Architect: James Vandevort
Contractor: Roy & Titcomb

There are still 9 more historic courthouses in Arizona that I have not yet visited! Hopefully I will able to see them all. Until then, thanks for reading!

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