Structure Type: built works - public buildings - courthouses

Designers: Meyer, Frederick Herman, Architect (firm); Frederick Herman Meyer (architect)

Dates: constructed 1911-1912

Truxtun Avenue and Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

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Meyer designed a grand, up-to-date Beaux-Arts Revival design for Kern County; raised on a tall, rusticated stone base, the courthouse had a tripartite plan, with a central templar block framed by wings and two, projecting, bays. A dome covered the entry atrium. It replaced a previous Romanesque Courthouse built in 1896; subsequently, the County of Kern sold the 1896 facility to the City of Bakersfield, which used it as its city hall.

This courthouse was damaged in the Tehachapi, CA, Earthquake of 1952. It was subsequently demolished in 1953.

PCAD id: 10683