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Court House Cultural Center

The Court House Cultural Center is a historic courthouse and gallery that hosts fine art exhibitions to the community of Stuart. The center was built in 1937 as a federal Public Works Administration project. The building’s design is a representation of the post-depression art deco from Martin County.


The building was scheduled for demolition in 1989. However, the Florida State Department of Historic Preservation saved it. Then in 1999, the center was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Today, the Arts Council manages the center. They have preserved most of the building’s structures, including the original awning windows, judge’s vault, marble staircase, and terrazzo floor. Other significant artifacts that the building still features are two benches used by visitors during court proceedings and a chair from the jurors’ box. Along with these ancient items, the cultural center contains many photographs showing the history of the building.


The Court House Cultural Center’s mission is to celebrate and share art. The gallery does not only host creations from local artists but regional and international ones too. The center offers guided tours by appointment and also sells some of the featured paintings and artwork. Moreover, you can rent the gallery for various events such as classes, receptions, or meetings.


The Court House Cultural Center showcases many temporary exhibitions. It also puts on some annual art shows such as the All Florida Juried Arts Show and Marvin S. Cone High School Juried Art Show.


You’ll find the cultural center on East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart, Florida. It is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays. Admission is free, but the center appreciates donations to help with the building’s continued maintenance and preservation.


Looking for a leisurely stroll? Check out Flagler Park.


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