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Pardon Our Dust – Scaffolding Goes Up On Old County Courthouse Building In Martinez

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Martinez residents snapped a few photos of their landmark county courthouse building – now the County Finance Building – as the grand old Grey Lady prepares for a facelift estimated to take until Spring of next year.

The former courthouse was completed in 1901. It was designed by William S. Mooser & Son and was constructed by the firm of Havens & Toepke.MartinezCourthouse2

The building originally had a central tower, which proved impractical and which officials deemed potentially dangerous in light of the failure of similar structures during the 1906 Quake and Fire in San Francisco. It was later removed.

If you like old architecture and county history, you may get a charge out of knowing the landmark is getting some attention.

 

 

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  1. So glad I got out of jury duty earlier this year and can’t be called back again for awhile.

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