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Placer County

Placer County is named for the small flakes of gold found in the area during the California Gold Rush.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Yuba County and Nevada County

E – Washoe County, Nevada, Carson City, Nevada and Douglas County, Nevada

S – El Dorado County and Sacramento County

W – Sutter County


Created:  April 15, 1851                                                 Location in the State of California

County Seat: 

Auburn  1851 – present


County Courthouse – Auburn 


Location:  101 Maple Street / Lincoln Way

Built:  1894 – 1898

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  John Curtis of San Francisco

Contractor:  Richard McMann


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story yellow colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Auburn. The north front has a projecting wing with wide steps leading up to the porch on the second story which has four columns rising to a balcony at the third story. Above the balcony are four vertical pilasters rising to a pediment at the roof line. There is a larch portico on the east side. A balustrade runs along the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large dome with columns and a lantern at the top. The building houses the County Superior Court. The building was restored in 1986 to 1990.


Note:  The building is one of the four surviving 19th century courthouses in northern and central California which retain most of their architectural ornamentation and magnificent domes. Most of the building materials come from the local area: granite from Rocklin, and bricks and terra-cotta trim from Gladding McBean in Lincoln. The lime and lumber came from various other areas in Placer County, and the slate for the roof is from El Dorado County. The Courthouse bell came around Cape Horn and was originally used to summon officials to court.  


See: John Curtis also designed the courthouse in Glenn County.


County Justice Center – Auburn 


Location:  2929 Richardson Drive / B Avenue

Built:  2004 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story glass, brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the DeWit Government Center Complex to the north of the center of Auburn. The building is “U” shaped with a circular entrance section at the north corner with open porch on the first story. The building is named as the Ciunty Justice Center. The building houses the County Superior Court – Criminal.


See:  The county is located in the 3rd Appellate District Court of Appeal – Sacramento.


History:  The county was created in 1851 and Auburn was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a wood and canvas structure on Court Street in Auburn in 1851. The second courthouse was a two story wood structure built by Isaac M Tidd in 1852 to 1853 at a cost of $16,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1894 to 1898. The County Justice Court Courthouse was constructed in 2004 to 2006. The courthouse in Roseville was constructed in 2006 to 2008.


Other Branch Courthouses


Roseville                  Tahoe City



County Courthouse – Auburn

















Photos taken 2013