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Algoma District

Algoma District is named for the Algonquian name “gamaa” meaning “lake”.


Surrounding Courthouses: 

N – Cochrane District

E – Cochrane District and Sudbury District,

S – Manitoulin District and Michigan 

W – Lake Superior and Thunder Bay District 


Created:  May 1, 1858         Ontalg.png

District Seat: 

Sault Ste. Marie   1858 – present


Courthouse – Sault Ste. Marie


Location:  426 Queen Street East / Elgn Street

Built:  1919 – 1922

Style:  Classical Revival / Beaux Arts

Architect:  Frank Riley Heakes of Toronto

Contractor:  Stuart & Sinclair of Hamilton and D Jamieson & Son Ltd


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story orange-brown coloured brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The southwest front has a temple front fascade consisting of four ionic columns supporting a brick pediment. The central entrance is arched. A horizontal cornice runs between the first and second stories and below the roof line.The foundation is course stone and the roof line is flat. The building houses the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice.


See:  The architect, Frank Riley Heakes of Toronto,  was chief architect for the Ontario Department of Public Works and he designed courthouses in Algoma District, Kenora District,  Muskoka District Municipality, Rainy River DistrictSudbury DistrictThunder Bay District and Timiskaming District.


History:  The first building used for the court in 1860 was the Eamatinger House referred to as the Old Stone House, which was the residence of Sheriff W H Carney. In 1866, the first courthouse was built on Queen Street at Elgin Street at a cost of $20,000. The building was torn down in 1919 to make way for the second and present courthouse constructed in 1919 to 1922.


Other Branch Courthouses


Blind River  /  Elliot Lake  /  Thessalon  /  Wawa



Courthouse – Sault Ste. Marie























Photos taken 2016