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Weekly Highlight: Fresno County Hall of Records
Fresno, California

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The Fresno County Hall of Records, in Fresno, California, stands as a masterly example of PWA (Public Works Administration) Deco Moderne architecture. Exemplifying superior quality in workmanship and aesthetics throughout its exterior, the three story building consists of both Art Deco and stylized Neo-Classical details. Constructed in 1935-1937 with an annex added in 1954-1955, the Fresno County Hall of Records replaced the Fresno County Courthouse and the Fresno County Old Peoples’ Home as a depository and safe holding place for the county records. The safety of the county records, especially after an 1895 fire in the courthouse, helped prompt the genesis of the new building. The local firm of Allied Architects started drawing formal plans in 1934 after the PWA, together with the Fresno Memorial Auditorium provided grants and funding for the project. Dedicated on April 3, 1937, it only took 16 years for the building to become overly crowded and the annex proposed.

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