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Photos: Inside the historic Pima County Courthouse

From peering behind locked doors in the basement to the inside of the iconic tiled mosaic dome, here's a peek at the now mostly deserted old Pima County Courthouse, 115 N. Church Ave.

Monday, Pima County photographer Randy Metcalf toured the building, was built in 1929 and now sits nearly empty as the Consolidated Justice Court and most other offices formerly in the structure have moved two blocks away to the new Public Service Center on North Stone Avenue. While a few employees in the County Treasurer's Office remain, the County Recorder's Office moved earlier this month.

Designed by architect Roy Place, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A reflection of Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles, the building is included as a project in the upcoming bond election. The neighboring Tucson Museum of Art wants to house its "Art of the American West" collection there after renovating the building. The January 8th Memorial Foundation is also looking to house a memorial and exhibit on the site.

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Aug 25, 2015, 11:41 pm
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These photos were AWESOME!!! I had no idea this building was so big and had so many intricacies. Thank you for this piece.

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The open area to the right of the dome was designated for prisoners to be able to get exercise while staying in the building's jail, which is in the basement.