Niagara District Court House. Heritage easement agreement.
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Ministry of Citizenship and Culture
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Heritage easement agreement between Ontario Heritage Foundation and Corporation of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, regarding the Courthouse building in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Document prepared by Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, and signed by: Jim Marino, Mayor, and Robert Howse, Clerk (Corporation of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake) and George H. U. Bayly, Chairman, and Carl Thorpe, Secretary (The Ontario Heritage Foundation).
42 pages of document with architectural drawings and photographs.
Notes:
In 1978, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake designated the courthouse under the Ontario Heritage Act and, in 1980, the building was designated a National Historic Site. In 1988, the Ontario Heritage Trust secured a heritage easement on the building.
Date of Publication:
19 Jan 1988
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Local identifier:
ShawFest00042-78 to ShawFest00042-119
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    fltLatitude: 43.2549765537404
    Latitude: 43.2549765537404 Longitude: -79.0718141260338
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10 Anderson Lane P.O. Box 430
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
905-468-2023

Full Text
Niagara District Court House (Niagara-on-the-Lake), 1846-48

"This building is associated with 19th-century judicial, governmental and administrative development in Ontario and is the third and only surviving courthouse erected for the former Niagara District. Its plan marks a transition to larger and more sophisticated court buildings after 1850 in order to include a wider range of functions.

In 1817, a courthouse and jail for the District of Niagara was built in an isolated section of the Village of Niagara. In 1841, the managerial functions of the justices of the Quarter Sessions of the Peace were taken over by elected district councils. The new councillors immediately began to complain about the small quarters and inconvenient location of the old Niagara courthouse. Municipal authorities – eager to consolidate its position as the judicial seat, and fearing that St. Catharines with its strategic position on the Welland Canal would soon surpass their town – initiated the construction of a new courthouse. This project was part of a plan to maintain Niagara's position as the political centre of the district. Specifications for the building required space for a courthouse, offices, jail, town hall and market place. In 1863, the seat of judicial power was moved to St. Catharines. The Niagara District Court House was used as a town hall and now houses the Shaw Theatre.

Designed by prominent Toronto architect William Thomas in the Neo-classical style and built by Garvie and Co., this three-storey building is distinguished by its projecting frontispiece with a heavily bracketed cornice and pediment, and its main entrance porch with an overhead stone balustrade supported by Doric columns. The window openings on the front elevation are round headed on the third floor and square headed on the first and second floors. The second-floor window openings are detailed with pedimented hoods. The corners of the front elevation and the frontispiece have decorative quoins. The interior joinery was carried out by John Davidson. The second-floor courtroom was elaborately designed and decorated with a central domed ceiling.

In 1978, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake designated the courthouse under the Ontario Heritage Act and, in 1980, the building was designated a National Historic Site. In 1988, the Ontario Heritage Trust secured a heritage easement on the building."

Source: Ontario Heritage Trust website
Niagara District Court House. Heritage easement agreement.
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Niagara District Court House. Heritage easement agreement.


Heritage easement agreement between Ontario Heritage Foundation and Corporation of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, regarding the Courthouse building in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Document prepared by Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, and signed by: Jim Marino, Mayor, and Robert Howse, Clerk (Corporation of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake) and George H. U. Bayly, Chairman, and Carl Thorpe, Secretary (The Ontario Heritage Foundation).
42 pages of document with architectural drawings and photographs.