Program Overview 

2002-2016 - ongoing

Exhibits of digitally restored historical photograph with narrative captions installed in the public space, jury rooms and chamber areas of the 9th District of the United States District Courts' Bay Area facilities.

The program's content includes the history of San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and adjoining towns throughout the 9th District.
[see Content Libraries below for examples of the images used in the exhibits]

The goal was to visually integrate the facilities of the US Courts’ with the community that they serve, provide educational value and to enhance the overall experience for those involved.

This program was commissioned and managed by the US District Court Judges, who were directly involved in the final selection of the content, program design, and editing of accompanying narrative.

Our role was to identify suitable content, plan its placement within the facilities, digitally restore the photographs, research and prepare the stories, and produce, frame and install the final program.


San Francisco Federal Building
450 Golden Gate, San Francisco
Primary exhibit on 19th floor, 17th, 15th, 16th and 18th
Jury Rooms

San Jose Federal Building
280 South First Street, San Jose 95113
2nd, 4th, 5th floor public areas; jury rooms, chambers areas 
New projects currently in place for the 8 courtrooms, expanded historical exhibits, and artwork for the 12 3-foot diameter columns on floors 4 and 5.

Oakland Federal Building
1301 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94626
Primary exhibit on 2nd floor; main lobby & hallway on 3rd & 4th floors
Jury Rooms, Jury Assembly, Conference Rooms, Clerks Office, Judges Chambers

McKinleyville Courthouse
Installation March 2015
Historical exhibit throughout the public spaces and chambers corridors.
42" carved redwood seal for the courtroom
Conservation framing for original New Deal murals by Thomas Laman painted for the original Courthouse in Eureka.
Three at 10 feet in height, 2 five feet wide, all painted on 3/4" plywood with egg tempera.

NEWS: April 11th, 2013 - article from the San Francisco Chronicle about the entire projects for the Northern District and recent installation of a 33-piece mural showcasing community history of the 15 counties , written by journalist Sam Whiting

NEWS: August 20th, 2010 - article from the Contra Costa Times about the recent completion and installation of the community history exhibit for the United States District Courts in the Oakland Federal Building, written by journalist Ginny Prior

NEWS: July 23rd, 2009 - article from the San Jose Mercury News about our projects with Judge Breyer and the United States District Courts, written by journalist Scott Herhold


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San Francisco History
Oakland History
South Bay Area History

click on images above to view collections

Lobby exhibit outside Ceremonial Courtroom of the Northern District U.S. District Court,
450 Golden Gate, San Francisco 19th floor

San Francisco Federal Building - 19th Floor
33-piece canvas mural
(see content in mural)

United States District Courts - Oakland
Oakland Federal Building - 3rd Floor