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)
Old Orange County Courthouse (California) is located in the United States
Old Orange County Courthouse (California)
Location211 W. Santa Ana Blvd
Santa Ana, California
Coordinates33°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
Area1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
ArchitectC. L. Strange
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
NRHP reference No.77000321[1]
CHISL No.837[2]
Added to NRHPAugust 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. In 1949 the courthouse exterior and interior were used for location filming for The File on Thelma Jordan.[3]


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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Orange County's Original Courthouse". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
  3. ^ "The File on Thelma Jordan (1950)". AFI Catalog. American Film Institute. 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2020.

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