John Adams Courthouse

Boston, MA

Market: Government

Client

CBT Architects

Completion

2005

Awards

2006 Preservation Project of the Year, Preservation Massachusetts

Previously known as the Old Suffolk County Courthouse, the John Adams Courthouse was constructed in two building campaigns, 1895 and 1906-1909. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has an ornamental granite facade and monumental windows. The prominent slate mansard roof with copper-clad dormers was added with the two upper floors during the second campaign. In 1999, the State started planning a major building renovation and quickly learned that years of leakage had caused extensive damage to decorative plaster and wood finishes throughout the building.