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Portage la Prairie

Portage la Prairie is named for the French word “portage” which means to carry a canoe overland between waterways between the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba and the word “prairie”


Location:  Portage la Prairie is located in the south central part of the Province near the Assiniboine River on the south and Lake Manitoba to the north.

Judicial District:  Central Judicial District


Courthouse – Portage la Prairie


Location:  25 North Tupper Street / Saskatchewan Avenue East

Built:  1894 – 1895

Style:  Queen Anne

Architect:  George Browne, Jr. of Winnipeg

Contractor:  T M Beamish of Brandon


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff coloured brick, limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The west front has a port cochere which extends from the main building. Above on the second story are three large arched windows for the large courtroom. Above is a wide pediment at the elevated roof line. The second story has a large central courtroom. Additions were designed by Samuel Hooper and “port cochere” on the west side was designed by Victor W Horwood. On the east side is the Provincial Gaol which is attached to the courthouse.


History:  The first court used the Blake & Wallace Hall which became the Portage Hotel. In 1879, John Duncan who was a carpenter, supervised construction of the first courthouse. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $22,544.


See:  The architect of the addition,  Samuel Hooper of Winnipeg, designed courthouses in Brandon, Minnedosa, Morden and Winnipeg..




Portage la Prairie Courthouse



Court of King’s Bench courtroom







Photos taken 2009 and 2013