Updating a Historic Courthouse

Salem Probate & Family Courthouse


Higher efficiency of court operations and improved health and safety of courthouse occupants are the main objectives of this comprehensive renovation to a historic, 100-year-old courthouse.

Originally built in 1912, the Salem Probate & Family Court is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project consisted of a complete gut renovation of the 50,000-SF, two-floor building and the redesign of a 20,000-SF addition more in keeping with the style and scale of the original building. The building’s interior was completely reprogrammed to meet current courthouse circulation standards.

All building systems were updated, including new fire protection system, gas boilers and water heaters, VAV air handling systems, DDC controls, electrical service, and generator. This project was designed to meet LEED Silver requirements.


Perry Dean Rogers Partners

Size / Cost

77,000 SF / $36 million


fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, technology