Out with the old, in with the new is a common way of
thinking—many people believe new things are better. The
historical society of Orange County, Calif., knew it needed
something better for its county court system but didn't want to get
rid of the Old Orange County Courthouse, Santa Ana, Calif., which
opened in 1901.
In 1969 and again in 1999, the county built new courthouses to
accommodate its needs. Although this meant the Old Orange County
Courthouse no longer would be filled with bustling activity, the
county knew the building still had historical significance. To
return the courthouse back to its original glory and make it worthy
of its historical status, the city embarked on an extensive
renovation project in 1983.
In August 2001, Best Roofing & Waterproofing Inc., Gardena,
Calif., began restoring the Old Orange County Courthouse's metal
tile roof system. To keep with the philosophy that new is not
necessarily better, the company reinstalled the original
hand-crafted metal tiles, which resemble mission tiles, after
making deck repairs.
Photo courtesy of LaMar Photography
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