DADE COUNTY COURTHOUSE - HISTORIC COURTROOM 6-1 RESTORATION
Restoration / Rehabilitation Award by Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
Preservation Award for an Outstanding Restoration Project by Dade Heritage Trust
AIA Award of Merit Winner
A backdrop for many historical trials and individuals, including notorious mob boss Al Capone; would be assassin Giuseppe Zangara convicted for attempting to kill Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 and the landmark Tobacco trial of the 1990’s; Courtroom 6-1 in Dade County Courthouse has been carefully restored to its 1928 splendor. The unique courtroom is part of the rich legal and architectural history of Florida. The interior restoration included hand carved woodwork and beam ceilings, ornate brass desk lamps and candelabra-like wall sconces.
Armed with original blueprints and a collection of old photographs, the architect gathered a team of technical consultants, historians and exceptional craftsmen to create innovative design solutions which modernized Courtroom 6-1 without compromising its underlying historic fabric.
The courtroom is now in active use and accommodates remote testimony (video conferencing) capability; "real-time" court reporting; electronic evidence presentation and recording systems; new security systems; and a fully accessible public gallery.