Courthouses of California: An Illustrated History

Judicial architecture in California

Courthouses of California is a carefully researched and superbly designed photo-documentary book chronicling 150 years of judicial architecture in California. With introductory essays by distinguished members of the fields of history, law, and architecture, and lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, Courthouses of California honors and preserves the rich history of these public buildings and offers a unique window into the civic aspirations of California.

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Published in conjunction with the California Historical Society and the Courthouse Project


“The book is like a walk through the past and present of California.”

San Francisco Chronicle


“Whether you read for the stories or the photos, you will find something to enjoy in Courthouses of California: An Illustrated History...a stunning book that every law firm should keep in its reception area.”

San Francisco Attorney Magazine

About the Editor

Ray McDevitt is an attorney with a San Francisco-based law firm. He has represented the United States Environmental Protection Agency and California cities, counties, and other local government agencies in lawsuits in both state and federal courts. He is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he teaches a course in local government law.