Lewiston District Courthouse

The historic Frye Block Music Hall, designed by John A. Fox of Boston, had been used as a plumbing supply warehouse for decades, its ornate brick facade hidden behind metal paneling. To encourage downtown development, the city sold the building to the state for a dollar, and CHA Architecture was asked to fit the courthouse program into the shell.

The first floor comprises offices and public windows, with the DA’s office in a small addition. Entirely separate circulations for prisoners, staff, and the public ensure security.

Four courtrooms dominate the second and third floors, with the library, judges’ chambers, transaction windows, and a children’s playroom.

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