Officials seek historic Old Courthouse items to fill small museum

By From page A3 | March 01, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Local court officials are seeking historic items from the old courthouse currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation.

The search is hoping to turn up historic photographs and documents related to the old courthouse and the legal history of Solano County.

As part of the renovation of the Old Courthouse, a history room on the first floor will serve as a small museum to the history of the building and the legal history of Solano County.

“For 60 years the 1911 courthouse provided a forum for the resolution of legal disputes in Solano County,” said retired judge R. Michael Smith. “Soon it will be back in service to the people of this county. But more than the building itself, its true history is of the people who passed through its doors over those 60 years. The History Room will chronicle some of the people and events associated with the Old Courthouse.”

The new old courthouse is set to reopen in August 2014 and will include three courtrooms, a clerk’s office, a mediation center, a jury room and staff space.

Items may be gifted or loaned to the court. Gifts are tax deductible. If you have photos or documents, you may contact Brian Taylor, court executive officer, at 207-7475 or at [email protected]

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Abe RossMarch 01, 2014 - 12:27 am

    Kim told there was a spiral staircase behind a closet in judges quarters that led to the 3rd floor, I believe. I'd sure like to know if that still exists as my Biological Mother and her friend have quite a bit of history there. I'd just like to walk it..

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