Have you visited The Old Orange County Courthouse? Why not head into Santa Ana’s Historic Downtown District this summer and go take a look at a huge piece of our OC history. The Courthouse resides in the National Register of Historic Places and is a California State Historic Landmark.
The Courthouse was constructed in 1901 by architect C.L. Strange. He chose a Richardsonian Romanesque style, featuring arches and ornamented columns. It is constructed of brick and feature elaborate carvings. Today the 30,000-square foot building has been restored to look much as it had at the turn of the last century.
In the main floor lobby you can still obtain your marriage license in front of the grand staircase. You can visit the museum and gallery on the first floor. Here you will find a history of the building and the old jail. The third floor boasts a large skylight built to compensate for the limited availability of electricity in the early 1900’s. On the third floor also sits the jury room, judge’s chamber, and courtroom. Today the Courthouse serves as a museum and the site of government offices.
After visiting the Old Courthouse you can stroll through Santa Ana’s Artist’s Village. Once you’ve worked up an appetite why not eat at Bistro 400 for Cajun and Seafood or Jason’s Downtown for a good steak…enjoy!
Old Orange County Courthouse is located at:
211 W. Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701
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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI
2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors