Dec 182014

Solano County Courthouse

The Solano County Courthouse underwent a $27 million restoration and RFJ Meiswinkel was proud to be a part of it. Designed by E.C. Hemmings and built in 1911, this 2 story, 29,900 square foot courthouse is an outstanding example of Beaux Arts architecture and is part of the Central Solano County Heritage Commission’s inventory of “Lasting Heritage” buildings.

Restoration PlasterBrad Hull of RFJ works on the high quality plaster restoration in the two story grand entrance of the courthouse.

Historic Plaster RenovationBrad’s work once the building was opened.

Historic Plaster RestorationThe stairway and much of the building is marble.

Historic Plaster Restoration

Most of what you see was original to the building, and if it was missing, it was carefully recreated.  That means the light fixtures and the ornamental grates behind the windows, as well as, the high quality plaster finishes.

Jesus YanezJesus Yanez of RFJ works on a small chamber that was not available to our cameras after the courthouse was re-opened.

Ornamental PlasterRFJ worked on a rather elaborate support system for the plaster walls on the first floor.   The walls were hollow clay tile, stabilized with a  Hilti epoxy injection system that utilized a test tube shaped perforated screen embedded prior to injection and bolted to 16 gauge framing.

Ornamental plasterThe work was worth it.  At one end is the History room, holding an array of photos from of the Courthouse throughout the ages, and at the other end is the new County Clerks office.

Solano County CourthouseThe courthouse was kept true to its history, including the wooden chairs and the beautiful wood railings.  Notice the plaster ornamented ceiling beautifully restored by RFJ.

Plaster Restoration


General Contractor:  Plant Construction
Architect: Hornberger+Worstell
Historic Architect: Carey and Company
Interior Architect: Brayton + Hughes
Structural Engineer: Rutherford and Chekene

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