Historic East-West Courthouse Renovation


Salinas, CA

Project Type


Gold Nugget Award of Merit

Described by retired County of Monterey Project Manager Judy Jeska as the “Jewel of the County,” the East-West building sits on a site that has functioned as a county seat of government for nearly 140 years.  WRD Architects transformed the interiors of this existing 1937 WPA-era courthouse into a new headquarters for the Monterey County District Attorney.

Special care was taken to refurbish the National Registry listed building with steel windows replaced and painted to their original “Agean green.”  At the rear of the building, a new skybridge connects the three-story West Wing with the two-story East Wing.  The first floor includes a law library and a cafe.

WRD provided full architectural services from project inception including programming, needs assessment, development guidelines, and master planning.


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