Gold Rush Art Moderne

The Art Moderne courthouse in Nevada City, California

While most of downtown Nevada City dates back to the 19th century, with some buildings dating back to mining days, tucked away just north of downtown is this stunning example of late 1930s Art Moderne architecture. It's the Nevada County Courthouse. Next to it is a not-so-stunning (except in a bad way) 1960s-era annex. Even so, while hard to find, this courthouse is a worthwhile find.