The original was torn down the same year the current one was erected; 1966. Reason for replacement: the old courthouse wouldn’t have been able to withstand a ~7.0 earthquake.
The replacement does have some retro-futuristic appeal to it. This could have been a lot worse.
Slight irony that it was torn down the same year that the National Historic Preservation Act became law.
I kinda dig the new one
I’m gonna be honest here. I don’t think we’re missing anything amazing here. the original building is one in a million that look exactly like it.
Meet Judge Jetson.
Not saying the original should have been torn down… but this new one is an upgrade and is now also a treasure.
As a European to see this in the US happening, this hurts me. Simply because in the new world neoclassicism used to be the main style. Nowhere neoclassicism flourished more than in the US.
Architecturally the current building is pretty nice looking.