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Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie is named for the French words meaning “large prairie”.

 

Location:  Grande Prairie is located in the northwest part of the Province.

Judicial District:  Grande Prairie Judicial District

 

Courthouse – Grande Prairie

 

Location:  10260 99 Street

Built:  1978 – 1980

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Field, Field and Field

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the centre of Grande Prairie. The entrance is located on the north side with a projecting one story section. The windows are horizontal and recessed. There are circular concrete towers along the north side. The roof line is flat. The building houses the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Provincial Court.

 

Old Courthouse – Grande Prairie

 

 

Location:  10032 100 Avenue / 101 Street

Built:  1955 – 1957

Style:  Utilitarian

Architect:  H A Henderson of Department of Public Works

Contractor:  Poole Construction

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red coloured brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the centre of Grand Prairie to the south of the courthouse. The building is “L” shaped and the south front has a central entrance, There are vertical dividers between the windows. The roof line is flat. The building is now The Centre for Creative Arts. The cost of construction was $320,000. 

 

Note:  The court first met in private residences in 1911. In 1928, the first courthouse was designed by was D E MacDonald of Department of Public Works and the contractor was J L Arnett of Edmonton ( plastering ), Franklin Decorating Company ( electrical ) and H K Gordon ( plumbing and heating ). The cost of construction of the courthouse was $24,000. The building was similar to the courthouse constructed in  Hanna. In 1955, a new courthouse was constructed and the old building was moved south across the street and converted as a library. The building was demolished.

 

See:  Within the Grande Prairie Judicial District are Provincial Courthouses located at Fox Creek and Valleyview.

 

 

 

Courthouse – Grand Prairie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2019