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How to Get Here Map & Location 205 South East Street Alturas, California 96101


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The red star marks the location of the Barclay Justice Center. This center is where you can find all of your Superior Court needs.

Directions

Listed below are the four main ways to get to the Superior Court of California in Modoc County

From Reno, Nevada

  • Merge onto U.S. 395 North
  • Continue on U.S. 395 for approximately 190 miles until you reach� Alturas city limits
  • Turn right on East Modoc Street just after the Niles Hotel
  • Turn Left at South East Street

From Redding, California

  • Merge onto CA-299 East
  • Continue on CA-299 for approximately 98 miles
  • Continue on CA-139/CA-299 for approximately 21 miles
  • Bear right and stay on CA-299 for approximately 19 miles until you reach the North Main Street intersection
  • Continue on Main Street for about 0.7 miles and turn left at East 1st street
  • Turn right on South East Street until you reach the Justice Center on your left

From Klamath Falls, Oregon

  • Merge onto CA-139 and continue for approximately 70 miles
  • When you reach CA-299 turn left and continue for approximately 19 miles
  • Turn left on North Main Street and continue for 0.7 miles
  • Turn left on East 1st Street
  • Turn right on South East Street

From Lakeview, Oregon

  • Merge onto US-395 and continue for approximately 47 miles
  • Continue on US-395/CA-299 for approximately 5 1/2 miles
  • Turn left on North Main Street and continue for 0.7 miles
  • Turn left at East 1st street
  • Turn right on South East Street until you reach the Justice Center on your left

 

 

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Robert A. Barclay Justice Center

The Robert A. Barclay Justice Center is where you can go to have all of your Superior Court questions answered.
The building sits on 205 South East Street and is designed in a modern contemporary style. The Judges and staff look forward to fulfilling all of your legal needs.

Courtrooms

There are� currently two courtrooms where justice is served. The newest courtroom is located in the Robert A. Barclay Justice Center and the other is located in the courthouse. As you can see from the pictures below, both are tasteful in their decor.
 

Justice Center Courtroom

Courthouse Courtroom

Our Courthouse's History




The Modoc County Courthouse is the hub of county government and provides a great deal of aesthetic value to the county. It is a land mark that can be seen from any highway or trail coming into Alturas. The beauty and grandeur of this impressive building is worthy as a monument for future generations. The planners of construction in 1914 had wonderful foresight in building such a superior quality structure. The timeless architecture and the striking copper painted dome provides a government seat that any county would be proud of.


A Brief History of Modoc Courthouses

There have been a total of three county courthouses since the county was created from a section of Siskiyou County on February 17, 1874. The first county courthouse was actually a "community building" that served the public in a variety of ways. Not only court sessions were held in this building but public meetings, church services, and dances as well. It was a long building with a low ceiling that got hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

The first real county courthouse was constructed in 1883-1884 and stood at the site where the Veteran's Memorial Building is located today (Main and Water Streets). The cost of this first courthouse was a total of $3,244 and T.B. Reese was the superintendent of construction. The building served as the courthouse for nearly 40 years before the present courthouse was built. The building was torn down in its later years for salvage lumber.

Then, in 1914, the majestic building that still stands today was designed by Frederick J. DeLonchamps. The building costs totaled nearly $90,000 with W.N. Concannon being awarded the general building contract. The DeLonchamps' plan alone cost a whopping $5,040. DeLonchamps also designed courthouses in Yolo, and Riverside counties in California and Washoe County in Nevada. However, the Modoc County Courthouse is the only building designed by Delonchamps that is still being used.


Below is a blueprint sketch made by Frederick J. DeLonchamps. This was the first view of what the courthouse would look like before being built in 1914. Click the image to see the larger image. Below is a picture of the Modoc County Courthouse still standing today. The building is still used nearly every day of the year and is fully functional. Click the image to see the larger image.

Design and Structure

The Courthouse was built and designed in Neo Classic Style. It is exemplified by Greek and Roman influence, symmetrical arrangement, building of monumental proportions, and finished with a polished "stone" surface. It is built of reinforced concrete, stuccoed and scored to imitate stone masonry. The style is similar to the Beaux Art style, but lacks the variety of stonework, and a large exuberance of detail such as curly cues, gingerbread, and fancy windows. The interior is finely decorated with marble and brass. The building's many windows provide adequate light that gives the interior a warm and welcoming feeling. Click on the thumbnails below to see enlarged versions of court exterior and interior.

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