Jefferson County Government Center

Golden, Colorado, USA

Fentress' design for the Jefferson County Government Center helped return the county seat to its former prominence.  

Revered by locals as the “Taj Mahal,” the dignified Government Center—and the county it serves—takes its inspiration from the work of Thomas Jefferson, an American president who set a standard for early civic and academic architecture.

The building is comprised of two wings: an administrative wing and a courthouse wing. These curved wings—arch shaped in plan—are joined by a dramatic 125-foot-high, enclosed-glass rotunda. The wings reach out into the landscape, welcoming the visitor and serving as a physical testament to the ideal that government is to serve the people.

A public entry plaza and semi-private outdoor space were created for use by county employees. The government center also has an outdoor courtyard, which provides entry to the secured service and parking area under the building for county vehicles.

Jefferson County Government Center Inner View Ceiling

Award-Winning Design

  • Grand Award, Gold Nugget Awards, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 1994
  • Category Award, American Consulting Engineers Council, 1993
  • Citation for Excellence, American Institute of Architecture for Justice Exhibition, 1990