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Website of the Week for Nov. 13, 2006

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

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Federal Judicial Center, Historic Federal Courthouses

Images of nearly 600 federal court houses (and other buildings that have housed federal courts) are available at this website.

Select a state to see a list of the cities in which historic federal courthouses are (or were) located. For example, the site lists these federal courthouses situated in Washington State:

  • Bellingham, 1913
  • Richland, 1965
  • Seattle, 1940
  • Spokane, 1909
  • Tacoma, 1910
  • Tacoma, 1911
  • Walla Walla, 1914
  • Yakima, 1912

Here is the entry on the Seattle federal courthouse:

Seattle, Washington
U.S. Courthouse (1941)
Completed in 1940.
Architect: Gilbert Stanley Underwood
Still in use by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which first met here in 1948.
Renamed the William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse in 2000.

Source: National Archives, RG 121-BS, Box 93, Seattle Folder, Print 1269


A larger image and a high resolution image are also available.

Images of Washington State's county courthouses are found at the Washington State Association of Counties website.

2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington