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Santa Cruz County Court House
Nogales, Arizona


Description: Santa Cruz County Court House
Address: 21 E. Court Street  intersection of Court and Morley, Nogales, Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Type: governmental: court house
Original Client: Country Board of Supervisors
Date: 1902-1903 construction began November 17,1902
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Robert E. Rust (Trost & Rust)
Contractors: James Vandervort and H.W. Kelsey; January 1903 Roy and Titcomb
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories, faces west
Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Revival

Foundation: stone
Wall Materials: rusticated tufa stone
Roofing Materials: flat with silver-colored dome
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions:

Present Owner: Santa Cruz County
Location of Drawings: None known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: Trost family, photographs of ground breaking

Bibliography: (1) Trost & Trost, Architects (El Paso: Trost & Trost, 1907), page 50, photograph of facade; wall materials given in caption
(2) Nogales Centennial Committee, Nogales, Arizona, 1880-1980. Centennial Anniversary (Nogales, 1980), pages 53-54, mentioned; page 52, illustration of courtroom and exterior
(3) Arizona Highways, volume 64, number 4, April 1988, color illustration inside front cover

Remarks: The cornerstone states Commenced 1902 and gives the names of the architects. The cornerstone laid on Febrarury 16, 1903.

On August 21, 1902, the plans and specifications of Trost & Rust were accepted. However both construction bids were rejected and the ordered re-advertised. The original floor plans were probably designed without a site in mind, and after the site was selected, the plan was reversed to accommodate the half basement to the sloping side of the lot.

Charles E. Perkins was given the job of construction supervisor by Trost and Rust to act as their agent in Nogales. Perkins served only a short time though, due to illness, and by February has been replaces by Charles Spraker.

Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990.