Norfolk County Courthouse

Also known as: Sacco-Vanzetti Trial Site
650 High St., Dedham, Massachusetts

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Norfolk Superior Court

Photo taken by Marc Belanger in June 2010

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Description 

The Neoclassical granite courthouse, completed in 1827 and added to at the end of the 19th century, gained fame as the scene of the Sacco-Vanzetti trial in 1921. The trial was symbolic of the controversy aroused by rising American nativism and xenophobia in the post World-War I era. The guilt of the two men, both aliens and admitted anarchists, was presumed from the outset. Although evidence of their crimes, a robbery and a murder, was largely circumstantial, they were convicted and sentenced to death. After six years of legal maneuvering, and despite massive public protests, they were electrocuted in 1927. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 28, 1972

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 28, 1972
Reference number
72001312
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Courthouse
Current function
Courthouse
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1921; 1927

Update Log 

  • January 25, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett
  • March 28, 2015: New photo from Marc Belanger

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