County of Riverside, Historic Superior Courthouse Riverside, California

Following Steinberg Hart's success in restoring the historic Santa Clara County Courthouse, we were selected to restore this 1903 Beaux Arts facility, which had been damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

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    Riverside, California

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  • Client

    County of Riverside

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  • Size

    148,000 SF

The original building was designed by Daniel Burnham, and a 1933 addition was designed by one of Burnham’s associates. A $5.5M budget was set aside for the seismic upgrade. A local architect had put together an upgrade scheme which was not sensitive to the historic character of the building. Steinberg Hart did a room-by-room assessment which determined that the true cost of restoring the facility was $18M.

The thoroughness of his analysis convinced the county to go ahead with the full upgrade which restores the ceremonial courtroom to its original grandeur and re-establishes the building to its rightful place among the state’s architectural treasures.


California Preservation Foundation: Award for Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse, 2003
AIA Santa Clara Chapter: Honor Award, 2002
AIA Los Angeles Chapter: Citation Award, 2002