This photograph taken in 2004 shows the west side (front) of the old courthouse after the additions were removed.
A few years after the Main Courthouse opened, the old courthouse was slated to be demolished. Due to an increase in enthusiasm for preserving Palm Beach County history, the Board of County Commissioners voted in 2002 to restore the old courthouse. The restoration project began in January 2004 with a ceremony and demolition of the wraparound structure, and then the other additions were removed. To see a time-lapse video of the four-year restoration process, visit
There was great attention to detail in restoring the building to its original grandeur. A restoration process was implemented that included salvaging materials such as limestone columns, granite, wood windows, marble wainscot, mosaic floor tiles, wood flooring, doors, trim and doorknobs. When looking closely, old wavy panes of glass can be seen in original windows throughout the north, south and west sides. These 76 original wooden windows and hardware were repaired and restored, and 37 matching impact resistant windows were installed on the east side.
Twelve original limestone columns had to be installed in sections because each one weighs 30,600 pounds. Because the original eagle crest was destroyed years ago, a new one was created using old photographs.