Monterey County Courthouse Pillars
In 1937, the New Deal funds, along with money from a local bond issue combined to cover the cost of constructing the building around an existing 57-year-old Victorian style courthouse.
Robert Stanton was the architect and Jo Mora did the artistic decorative elements, which include 62 sculpted heads that are located in the spandrels between the first and second story windows. The busts represent 23 people in California history including:
* Indian Man
* Indian Woman,
* Junipero Serra
* Juan Cabrillo
* John Fremont
* Pioneer Man
* Pioneer Woman.
Chester R. Phillips was the project manager for the courthouse reconstruction. It was recently listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
Monterey County CourthouseMonterey County Courthouse
Monterey County Courthouse column detailMonterey County Courthouse column detail
Submitted by Peter Hiller
Additional information from Colleen Bailey
National Register of Historic Places Registration form, 2008: (https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/GetAsset/ee0db97b-d333-4105-a007-172c6e9963d6), (https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/GetAsset/869c7a33-1714-49b3-9df5-843427601d19/), accessed September 5, 2018.
Project originally submitted by Jo Mora Trust Collection and Peter Hiller, Jo Mora Trust Collection Curator on July 28, 2008.
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