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Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert is named for Prince Rupert of the Rhine, who was the first Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company.


Location:  Prince Rupert is located in the northwest part of the Province.

Judicial District:  Prince Rupert Judicial District


Courthouse – Prince Rupert


Location:  100 Market Place / McBride Street

Built:  1921 – 1922

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Henry Whittaker of the Department of Public Works

Contractor:  McDougall & McNeil and Albert & Caffery of Prince Rupert.


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red coloured brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the centre of Prince Rupert and is faced with Tapestry Brick Veneer, Clayburn brick and stone from Haddington Island. The south front has a recessed centre section with four columns rising to the top of the second story. The roof line is flat. The interior has terrazzo floors, marble and mahogany. The grand staircase is marble with cast iron railings. The building houses the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court. The large courtroom on the north side of the second story has oak paneling and doors. The judge’s dais and court railings are from the former Vancouver courthouse. There is a smaller courtroom located at the northwest corner of the second story. The furnishings came from the former Prince George courthouse. On the west side of the main story is the Provincial Court courtroom. Alterations were completed in 1970 with the addition of the second courtroom on the second story and in 1976 to 1977 by the Department of Public Works


See:  The architect, Henry Whittaker, also designed courthouses in Merritt, Nicola, Penticton, Powell RiverSalmon Arm and Smithers.


Note:  The previous courthouse was a prefabricated building built in 1908. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $424,279.




Courthouse – Prince Rupert













































Photos taken 2019