New Mexico Supreme Court Building

The New Mexico Supreme Court Building is a courthouse located in the city of Santa Fe, county of Santa Fe, in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Both the New Mexico Supreme Court and New Mexico Court of Appeals currently operate in the building. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Santa Fe County, New Mexico in 2002.

New Mexico Supreme Court Building
New Mexico Supreme Court Building
Location237 Don Gaspar Ave.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Coordinates35°41′4″N 105°56′21″W
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1937 (1937)
Built byWorks Progress Administration
ArchitectGordon F. Street, W.C. Krueger, & Associates
Architectural styleTerritorial Revival
MPSNew Deal in New Mexico MPS
NRHP reference #01001468[1]
NMSRCP #1795
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 18, 2002
Designated NMSRCPJuly 21, 2000

History

Built in 1937 for $307,000, this Territorial Revival style public structure with hand-carved wood interiors was built by the Works Progress Administration.[2] The state of New Mexico issued bonds of $175,000 to pay for its portion of the construction costs, and a tax of $2.50 was levied on each civil case docketed.[3] During the Cold War in the 1950s, the building doubled as a fallout shelter.[4]

Renovations

The original two elevators, and the additional third elevator added in the 1960s, have been upgraded to current standards. Over the decades, piping and court seating were upgraded, as were the electrical and heating systems, water pipes, communications lines, and emergency/fire alarm system The building now has a digital telephone system. Structural and interior design renovations have brought the building up to date.[4]

See also

References

  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. Brezina, Corona. New Mexico: Past and Present. Rosen Central. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-4358-9490-7.
  3. Green, Lowell C (July 1958). "Bar Activities". ABA Journal: 695.
  4. "NM Supreme Court Bldg History". State of New Mexico. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
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