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Monterey County Court House
Monterey County Courthouse 1.jpg
Monterey County Court House viewed from the southeast
Location 240 Church St., Salinas, California
Area 1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Built 1937
Architect Robert Stanton
Sculptor Joseph Jacinto Mora
Architectural style Modern Movement, WPA Modern
NRHP reference No. 08000878
Added to NRHP January 8, 2009

The Monterey County Court House is the court house for Monterey County in Salinas, California, United States. It was designed by local architect Robert Stanton in the Art Moderne or WPA Moderne style, and was built in 1937 using funds provided by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The courthouse features extensive sculpture by Joseph Jacinto Mora. It is currently used by the Monterey County Superior Court.

Stanton designed the courthouse to be built around a previous courthouse, which was demolished, leaving a landscaped courtyard space surrounded by an arcade. The two and three story concrete structure cost $450,000, with two stories in concrete and a glass-and-steel third floor the rear of the complex. It is extensively embellished by Mora's sculpture and reliefs, with comparatively sober detailing around the perimeter and more extensive decoration on the courtyard elevations, with customized relief friezes at the tops of the fluted rectangular arcade columns. Small bronze castings decorate the doors and a large freestanding Mora sculpture in travertine forms the centerpiece of the courtyard. Subjects were drawn from the history of California. There are a total of 62 busts of individuals from California history in the window spandrels, and five travertine reliefs of scenes from Monterey County history.

The courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 8, 2009.

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