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Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center

Fentress Architects

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Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center

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Year Completed



  • Tramell Crow Company
  • General Contractor: Mortenson Construction
  • Elliott Associates,

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Project Description

The new Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in downtown Denver features 12 custom balanced doors from Ellison Bronze.

The Judicial Center is the new home of Colorado’s judicial and legal agencies. The previous court building was not very inviting, undersized and lasted only 33 years. To create a more welcoming environment, the new courthouse contains high-end materials and finishes that will last the expected 100+ year lifespan of the building.

The Ellison balanced doors are located at the entrance of the four-story Judicial Center, which houses the Colorado Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court Library, Clerk of the Courts and an interactive visitor’s learning center.

In addition to the bronze entry doors, the courthouse features high-quality marble, granite, mahogany millwork and stained glass windows.

The Judicial Center was built to support a more efficient state judicial system and the two-building complex also includes a 12-story office building for the state’s legal agencies. The 695,767 square-foot complex combines neoclassical and modern architecture that balances neighboring civic and cultural buildings, including the Capital Building and the Denver Public Library.
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