Friday, September 16, 2016

Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse and United States Courthouse for the District of Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Built in 1931, the last year of the Hoover Administration, this classic courthouse is nestled in downtown Salt Lake City.   The current name is much more recent, coming from a long serving Utah Senator who retired in 1977.

Just behind this classic revival style courthouse is a large modern office building which is the current United States Courthouse for the District of Utah, which has the local nickname of the "Borg Cube" due to its modern architecture, and in obvious reference to the characters from Star Trek.  That also forms a fairly effective commentary on what the public thinks of modern style courthouses, so I don't need to add to that, and could hardly do so more effectively.

Detail from the Frank E. Moss Courthouse

While most of the court's functions have moved to the new courthouse, the old one continues to house the bankruptcy court.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: What Are You Reading?

Over on our most active blog, Lex Anteinternet: What are you reading?:

What are you reading?

A new trailing thread, dedicated to what we're currently reading.

And. . . we hope. . . with participation from you.

What are you reading right  now? Add it down in the commentary section

June 21, 2016

Give Me Eighty Men

I'm presently reading Give Me Eighty Men by Shannon Smith. It's a history of the Fetterman Fight, and a history of the history of the Fetterman Fight. I'll review it when I'm done, but I'll note that the favorable mention of the book by the authors of The Heart of All That Is caused me to pick it up, even though I'd been inclined to previously avoid it.

So far, I'm enjoying it, and its certainly raising a lot questions in my mind about the Fetterman battle, although I'm reserving my judgment on various things so far.
Stop over and let us know what you're reading!

That thread:  What Are You Reading?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Matheson Courthouse, Salt Lake City Utah

This impressive structure in downtown Salt Lake City houses Utah's Third Judicial District.  The interesting design, poorly photographed here, combines modern and classical elements to make for an attractive courthouse.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Rock Springs City Hall, Rock Springs Wyoming

This is a photo I took of the old Rock Springs City Hall while on my way to a deposition.  It's really taken from the wrong angle, and it's not a great photo. This photos is typical of the "on my way" to somewhere photos that end up on this blog.

And its of a city hall, not a true courthouse, but almost every city hall of this vintage served as a city court and city jail.  This one has a small jail in it, by my recollection, based upon the one time I toured it.  It's now a museum.

The building was built in 1894.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: Limiting Supreme Court terms

Lex Anteinternet: Limiting Supreme Court terms: An interesting proposal is being floated to limit Supreme Court terms to 18  years, with those terms being staggered so that one comes up e...

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Thursday, September 17, 2015

State Capitol, Cheyenne Wyoming


This is the State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  While I didn't realize it at the time that I took this photograph, the State Capitol contains a courtroom which was used by the Wyoming Supreme Court up until it had a courthouse of its own.  The courtroom is soon to be restored.

State Capitol as viewed from the street.  The current Wyoming Supreme Court building would be off to the right in this photograph.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

City and County Building, Cheyenne Wyoming

This is the old City and County Building in Cheyenne Wyoming which, at one time, housed all of the offices of the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County, including the courts.

This building has been partially replaced by the Laramie County Government Complex, which physically adjoins it.

This Federal style Classical Revival building was built completed in 1919.  A better view of the building would be from its front, rather than the sides as depicted, which would show its classic columns, but under the constraints of time when this photograph was taken, that couldn't be done.

Laramie County Government Complex, Cheyenne Wyoming

 Laramie County government complex

This is the Laramie County government complex, which houses the District and Circuit courts of the 1st Judicial District. This fairly new building is quite modern in design and appearance.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Old Wyoming State Penitentiary, Rawlins Wyoming.

This may seem like sort of an odd entry for this blog, but it really should come as no surprise.  The penitentiary is part of the judicial system, and therefore it has a place on a blog that's dedicated to judicial buildings.

This particular penitentiary is the old Wyoming State Penitentiary, the second penitentiary the state had. The first one was located in Laramie Wyoming in territorial days. That building is still there, and is used as a museum. When I went to the University of Wyoming, it was the sheep barn.

This one, the second penitentiary, is located in Rawlins Wyoming.  It's also a museum, as it has been replaced by a new, more modern, penitentiary also located near Rawlins.

I don't know if court was ever held inside the penitentiary.  I doubt it. But it does serve to remember that institutions like this are part of the judicial system.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Old Anchorage City Hall, Anchorage Alaska

Once the largest building in Anchorage, albeit only very briefly, this city hall held all the municipal offices from 1936 until some date in the 1970s.  

A fairly substantial building, it provides additional evidence of how surprisingly busy Anchorage was during the 1930s.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Federal Building, Anchorage Alaska

This is the Federal Building in Anchorage Alaska, which was built in 1941.  The Art Deco style building is very substantial, and the building is one of several in Anchorage which show the extent of development in the city in the 1930s and 1940s.  It was, and is, a very modern building for the port city, which might surprise those who wouldn't have expected this type of architecture and development for Anchorage in this, pre oil development, era.

The courtroom was, and is, a prominent feature of the building.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Natrona County Courthouses from the air.

Natrona County's courthouses from the air, as viewed from a Ford Tri Motor.  The classic old courthouse is in the upper middle of the photograph, but the Townsend Justice Center and the Hall of Justice are also visible.  The Federal Courthouse is not visible, however.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Old Sweetwater County Courthouse, Green River Wyoming

This is the old Sweetwater County Courthouse in Green River Wyoming. This courthouse, built in 1906, is on the same block as the new courthouse that replaced it. Fortunately, this attractive original courthouse was preserved when the new one was built.  I don't know what use this courthouse serves today.

Sweetwater County Courthouse, Green River, Wyoming.

This is the current courthouse in Green River, Sweetwater County, Wyoming.  This modern style courthouse houses Wyoming's Third Judicial District.  I'm unsure of the vintage of this courthouse, but my guess would be that it was built in the 1960s or 1970s.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Holscher's Hub: Carlisle County Courthouse, Carlisle Pennsylvania

Holscher's Hub: Carlisle County Courthouse, Carlisle Pennsylvania

Now these (and I have to admit the recent photos of the Old Courthouse in Toronto) are not western courthouses at all, but eastern ones, including one very old eastern one. They're posted here, however to demonstrate the appearance of eastern courthouses and how they influenced the latter ones of the West, or not.

The first is the Carlisle County Courthouse in Carlisle Pennsylvania.  This Federal style courthouse strongly resembles those built by the Federal government everywhere in the 1930s.  This isn't a Federal courthouse, but its style shows up in the West quite a bit.

Carlisle County Courthouse, Carlisle Pennsylvania

The second is the Old Courthouse, across the street from the one above. This one is quite old, having been built in 1846, and is of another style.  I've never seen this style used in the West.

Old Courthouse, Cumberland County Pennsylvania

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Toronto Ontario Old Town Hall and York County Courthouse, Toronto Ontario

This is the Toronto Old City Hall and York County Courthouse, a massive structure in downtown Toronto that was built to hold a court, and which still does even though many of its other original functions are no longer carried on in this building.  I'm uncertain of the current jurisdiction of the court, although there is a listing for it under Ontario Court of Justice on a non governmental website.

This very large structure took a decade to build, having been started in 1889, and completed in 1899.

As with a similar entry on the Churches of the West blog, a person can take exception to my having listed this courthouse here, as its not really in the West.  Nonetheless, at the time in which it was built, 1899, Toronto retained a bit of a western feel, as much of Canada did at that time.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Park County Courthouse, Cody Wyoming

This is the Park County Courthouse in Cody Wyoming. The older part of the courthouse was built in 1912, and replaced an earlier courthouse.  The newer portions of the courthouse were built in 1983.

In my mind, the newer part of the courthouse is a bit unfortunate in terms of design, as it doesn't mesh well at all with  the architecture of the older structure.  It's one of at least three Wyoming courthouses where this has been done, with the other two being in Lusk and Sheridan.  On the plus side, the older structure, which had been outgrown, was preserved by this approach.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014



As is typically the result, every Wyoming judge up for retention this year easily won retention.  That's a good sign, of course, as it means people generally feel that they're doing a good job.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Oklahoma City U.S. Federal Building & Courthouse, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This is the U.S. Federal Building & Courthouse in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  This building, built in 1960s, is s survivor of the brutal domestic terrorist attack that wrecked the Murrah building that was across from it.  A memorial to the victims of that attack is now located there, across from the courthouse.

United States Post Office and Courthouse, Oklahoma City.

This is the 1912 vintage Federal courthouse and post office in Oklahoma City.  This classic courthouse is no longer used for civil or criminal trials, having been replaced by a new courthouse nearby, but it is still used for bankruptcy proceedings.  I've been told that the most famous trial to have been held here was the criminal trial of Machine Gun Kelly.

The courthouse was a courthouse of the Western District of Oklahoma, and for a time was used by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals prior to Oklahoma being reassigned to the 10th Circuit.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Platte County Courthouse, Wheatland Wyoming

Courthouse decorated for Memorial Day, 2014.

This is the Platte County Courthouse located in Platte County's seat, Wheatland Wyoming. The courthouse, in addition to housing the county court for Platte County, also houses one of the four courtrooms of Wyoming's 8th Judicial District, with the others being located in Douglas, Lusk and Torrington. The courthouse was built in 1917, and somewhat uniquely it has a monument dedicated to farmers called "The Irrigator". The Statute of Liberty is a monument for Platte County World War Two servicemen.