The Essex Probate & Family Court in Salem, Massachusetts, recently opened its doors to the public. This project comprised a complete renovation of the historic 1909 building and a new, right-sized addition to meet the current and future needs of the court. Principal program spaces include four courtrooms and accompanying judicial offices, the Probation Department, the Register of Probate, and detention and security spaces. Challenges included balancing sustainable design and universal design principles with historic preservation and restoration priorities in order to retain the building’s character-defining elements. LEED Gold certification is anticipated. The project was also honored with a 2017 Historic Salem Preservation Award. Click here for Historic Salem, Inc’s write up on the courthouse.
Photos by Chuck Choi.