I was at the Riverside County Courthouse a week or so ago at 4050 Main St., Riverside, CA, 92521-0113. It is a very neat historic building and an icon of an era near the turn of last century where Riverside was one of the wealthiest counties in the State of California.
The courthouse was built in or around 1900 by the noted architect Franklin Pierce Burnham who also designed a number of historic buildings including the Carnegie Art Museum and the Georgia State Capital building. Burnham was a master in the Beax-Arts Classicism style and the Riverside County Courthouse is patterned specifically on the facade of the Grand Palais in Paris complete with Ionic columns and incredible sculptures on its roof.
The building experienced significant damage due to the 1994 Northridge Earthquake the ferocity of which I remember quite vividly as a resident of the San Fernando Valley at the time. The subsequent renovation and re-dedication in 1998 restored the Riverside County Courthouse to its former historical luster.
It’s one of those places in which it is a true privilege to practice the law.