Orange County Courthouse

Built in two sections, with a base that juts out from a tower, the county courthouse uses strong vertical elements to make it appear taller than what it truly is. Equally spaced sun shades run the entire height of the building, in between similarly vertical windows. On the ends of the building, bearing more of the structural load, vertically-orientated rectangular shapes continue to play with the appearance of the height of the building. Instantly recognizable, this Neutra-designed building bucks the trend in that it is a modernist high-rise. (2017)

Architect: Richard Neutra

Built: 1968

Style: Modernist

Type: Civic

Address: 700 W Civic Center Dr

City: Santa Ana


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Lamprecht, B.M. (2015). Neutra Complete Works. Köln, Germany: Taschen.