The transformation of the abandoned Bristol County 1st District Court to the District Center for the Arts has been a great addition to the City of Taunton’s downtown Arts and Culture. By transforming this courthouse from a cold, dark place into a vibrant block in our downtown. This transformation has already motivated area businesses and County buildings to upgrade the neighborhood. Finally this cold dark place has come to life. The District Center has partnered with local restaurants, art galleries and community organizations to provide top quality evening entertainment for all people across the region. The 1st District Courthouse was built in 1826 and served Bristol County until 2008. The District Center is proud to bring life, energy and vitality to the hub of Bristol County.