Here is a picture of the main Sacramento Superior Court.
Here’s an animated virtual courthouse tour.
It was built in the 1960’s. I can only describe the style as a big wide fat box made of a lot of exposed concrete.
As you can see, the windows all around the building have a huge concrete grid in front of them that protrudes from each side of the building. The verticle concrete “bars” in front of the windows create verticle slits to look through. The window glass sits behind this concrete grid or frame by a good six feet or so.
There are many buildings from the 1950’s and 1960’s that share the same sort of features. I lack the architectural knowledge and vocabulary to describe the style, etc.
My questions are:
Who the hell decided that a huge wide concrete box was attractive? Is there a name for this style or this trend during the time period? Was concrete considered a newfangled daring construction material at the time?
Why did they decide to put a concrete grate over all the windows? Many buildings fom this era have some kind of concrete or metal framework obstructing the windows all around the building. Is there an architectural term for this, besides “ugly”?