William H. Weeks was the selected architect for the fourth courthouse located in Independence, California. By 1915 he had designed more than 1,000 buildings in California including most of the Carnegie Libraries in Northern California, and many of the schools built in the state. Other buildings in Inyo County designed by Weeks include Bishop Union High School, Big Pine School, and the Owens Valley School in Independence (this building has been replaced).
A cornerstone located on the northeast corner of the present courthouse bears W.H. Weeks' name as well as the names of the County Supervisors in 1922. The casings, door, trim and paneling of the Superior Court Room are oak.
The region's only example of monumental Neoclassical Revival public architecture, the present courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 in recognition of its "integrity of feeling and association." #california #courthouse #googleearth3d #independence_CA #independence_court_house #inyo_county #inyo_county_courthouse