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Santa Fe County

Santa Fe County was named for a city in Spain built by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Rio Arriba County 

E – Mora County and San Miguel County

S – Torrance County

W – Bernalillio CountySanduval County and Los Alamos County

Created:  January 9, 1852                      Map of New Mexico highlighting Santa Fe County

County Seat:

Santa Fe 1852 – present


County Judicial Complex – Santa Fe 


Location:   225 Montezuma Avenue / Sandoval Street

Built:  2009 – 2013

Style:   Modern

Architect:  NCA Architects of Albuquerque

Contractor:  Bradbury Stamm Construction Inc. of Albuquerque


Description: The building faces east and is a two story glass and concrete structure. Named as the Judge Steve Herrera Judicial Complex, the building houses the First District Court. The east front has a large plaza with concrete pillars supporting a horizontal concrete beam. The building sits atop a drilled pier foundation system with a steel frame and stucco exterior with adheres to the Pueblo Spanish and Territorial architecture. The entrance lobby has high concrete pillars with recessed glass walls and entrance on the first story on the east side. The main building is a rectangular structure on the west side. The roof line is flat. 


Note:  The cost of construction was $38,500,000.


See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Los Alamos County and Rio Arriba County.


County Administration Building – Santa Fe 



Location:  102 Grant Avenue / West Palace Avenue

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:   Spanish Pueblo

Architect:  John Gaw Meem

Contractor:  Ellis-Nicholson & Cramer


Description: The building faces east and is a two story stucco structure. The building has a wood portico along the first story front. The building features an ornate courtroom with hand-carved corbels, beams, and a split cedar ceiling. There are tinwork light fixtures, and more carved beams with Indian motifs throughout the building. An addition was added in 1975. The building served as the courthouse until the court moved to the Judicial Complex at Canton and Grant to the north.


Old County Judicial Complex – Santa Fe 



Location:  100 Catron Street / Grant Avenue

Built:  1937 – 1938

Style:  School

Architect:  Unknown ( John Gaw Meem )

Contractor:  Unknown


Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building was constructed as the Harvey Junior High School and was converted for use by the District Court until 2013. The east front has a recessed central porch with four white colored pillars. The roof line is flat. 


 Note:  A courthouse was built by Kavanaugh in 1886 and was destroyed by fire in 1905. In 1910, a courthouse was designed by Isaac Rapp and William Rapp and constructed by Lyn & Axtell.


See:  Located in the county is the New Mexico Supreme Court.



County Judicial Complex – Santa Fe















County Administration Building – Santa Fe













Old County Judicial Complex – Santa Fe







Photos taken 2000 and 2016