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Men of Honor
by Valori Weber, CET

   

I love my job. In the ten years since becoming a Digital Reporter, I have been lucky to have traveled to many different states and reported in numerous courtrooms. I have come across some unique courtrooms in my travels, but one of the most beautiful and interesting courtrooms I have reported in is in my own backyard here in Portland, Oregon, Courtroom 71 at the Gus J. Solomon United States Courthouse. This is where the courtroom scene in "Men of Honor" was filmed, starring Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The picture shown is of me on the judge's bench in that courtroom. I was photographed by the security officer after everyone left at the end of the day. This courtroom represents a fantastic piece of architecture, and I could not help but feel a bit important just by being in that room.

I also researched other courthouses in Oregon and found some rich history. The Benton County Courthouse located in Corvallis is considered to be the oldest active courthouse still used for its original purpose in the State of Oregon. This courthouse was designed by Delos D. Neer, a prominent Portland Architect, and is located at 120 NW Fourth Street in Corvallis, Oregon 97330. Neer described the style used as resembling “an Italian villa with a military influence.” Local stone and brick went into the structure, which cost less than $70,000 to build and furnish in 1889. The Courthouse opened for business on November 4, 1889, when the Honorable Judge R. S. Bean presided over the first circuit court session at this location.

 

Pioneer Courthouse, located in Portland, Oregon, is the second oldest federal courthouse west of the Mississippi River. It has been home since 1875 to the United States Courts in the State of Oregon and is currently the Oregon home for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Matthew Paul Deady, the Oregon Territory's pre-eminent jurist and subsequently Oregon's first federal judge, requested in the early 1860s that the federal district court be moved from Salem to Portland, thereby initiating the effort to make Portland its home. Completed in 1875, Pioneer Courthouse has remained at the city's geographic and commercial center. Construction on the Pioneer Courthouse began in 1869. The courthouse was formally opened and dedicated when it was completed six years later. The photo of this lovely building is the view of the restored courthouse at night from Pioneer Courthouse Square.

 

Anyone interested in sharing history of courthouses in your backyards? I would love to hear about them. Email me at: valori.weber@gmail.com

  

 

Valori Weber operates Weber Reporting Corporation, a reporting/transcription firm based in Portland, Oregon. She previously operated a successful court reporting/transcription company, Western Deposition & Transcription, LLC, in Denver, Colorado before relocating to the Northwest in 2011. Valori recently bought a house that's over 100 years old in Salem, Oregon that she is renovating and plans to flip the house.

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