Santiago E. Campos United States Courthouse - Santa Fe, NM
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N 35° 41.443 W 105° 56.261
13S E 415159 N 3950050
Quick Description: A federal courthouse in Santa Fe, NM.
Location: New Mexico, United States
Date Posted: 11/25/2016 12:08:00 AM
Waymark Code: WMTH6D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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Long Description:
"The building had its beginnings as the proposed territorial capitol for New Mexico. In 1848 under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico ceded what is now New Mexico, Arizona, California, Texas, and portions of Colorado, Utah and Nevada, to the United States. The New Mexico territorial government was established two years later. In 1851 Congress appropriated $20,000 and in 1854 an additional $50,000 to construct a "state house" on what is now Federal Plaza.

Plans for the building were prepared by the Supervising Architect of the Treasury, Ammi B. Young, perhaps based on sketches by Chief Justice Joab Houghton, a member of the U.S. Territorial Supreme Court for New Mexico. Construction began in 1853, with the walls rising one-and-one-half stories above the basement by the following year. Construction continued intermittently due to limited funding, lack of competent workmen, and difficulties imposed by the Civil War. As the years wore on, the half-built structure was essentially abandoned.

In 1883 the building grounds were chosen as the site for Santa Fe's "Tertio-Millennial" celebration, and the building shell received a temporary roof. The grounds were cleared and an oval racetrack, about 1/3 mile long, was set up surrounding the site. Indian participants were housed in the first floor during the celebration.

The "state house" was finally finished in 1889, although it was never used for this purpose. Instead, at its completion, it was occupied by a land claims court and has housed various federal courts since that time. The territorial capitol building was constructed on another site in Santa Fe between 1895 and 1900. New Mexico became a state in 1912.

As the needs of the courts exceeded the building's capacity, an addition was planned that echoed the original Greek Revival style. This addition was built in 1929-1930 under the direction of Louis A. Simon, Superintendent of the Architectural Section of the Treasury Department. It more than doubled the overall size of the courthouse.

The U.S. Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973."
Year Built: 1853

Current Use of Building: courthouse

Level of Courts: Federal

Architect: Ammi B. Young

Dates this building was used to house judicial proceedings: 1853 - Present

Physical Address:
Federal Pl., Santa Fe, New Mexico


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