Old Orange County Courthouse (California)

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Orange County Courthouse
Old OC Courthouse 02.jpg
Old Orange County Courthouse - Front View
Old Orange County Courthouse (California) is located in California
Old Orange County Courthouse (California)
Location 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd
Santa Ana, California
Coordinates 33°45′01″N 117°52′09″W / 33.75028°N 117.86917°W / 33.75028; -117.86917Coordinates: 33°45′01″N 117°52′09″W / 33.75028°N 117.86917°W / 33.75028; -117.86917
Area 1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
Built 1900
Architect C. L. Strange
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
Governing body County of Orange, California
NRHP Reference # 77000321[2]
CHISL # 837[1]
Added to NRHP August 29, 1977

The Old Orange County Courthouse, at one point also known as the Santa Ana County Courthouse, is a Romanesque Revival building that was opened in September 1901 and is located in Santa Ana's Historic Downtown District on Civic Center and Broadway streets. The Old Orange County Courthouse is officially recognized as California Historical Landmark No. 837 and is also on the National Register of Historic Places.


The city of Santa Ana was established in 1869 by William Spurgeon on 74.27 acres (300,600 m2) of land purchased from the old Spanish land grant, Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Orange County, California, was formed in 1889 by William Spurgeon and James McFadden and Santa Ana was chosen as the county seat of government because of its larger growth as a town over surrounding towns namely Orange.


The courthouse now stands as a museum and has been used as a favorite location for different movies and television shows. It features as the exterior of Briarcliff Manor in American Horror Story: Asylum.


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  1. ^ a b "Orange County's Original Courthouse". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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