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Kenora District

Kenora District is named for the combination of the names of the towns of Keewatin, Norman and Rat Portage.


Surrounding Courthouses: 

N – Manitoba and Hudson Bay

E – Hudson Bay and Cochrane District

S – Cochrane DistrictThunder Bay DistrictRainy River District and Minnesota 

W – Minnesota and Manitoba


Created:  1907                                                           Kenora (electoral district) - Wikipedia

District Seat: 

Kenora   1907 – present


District Courthouse – Kenora


Location:  216 Water Street / 2nd Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Edwardian

Architect:  Frank Riley Heakes of Toronto

Contractor:  M A Pigott and Son of Hamilton


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick, granite and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds along the Lake of the Woods in the center of Kenora. The north front has a small portico with balcony on the second story at the central entrance on the first story. The entrance is recessed. The east and west sections project slightly from the main building. The windows have stone trim along the top. On the centre of the roof is a hexangonal white coloured wood cupola with windows. The roof is hipped with a dormer on the east and west sides. The base of the building is rough cut stone.  The plaster work was done by William J Hynes and Berlin Interior Hardware Company supplied the furnishings.  A modern addition was constructed in 1969 on the south side of the building. 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 DistrictCochrane District, Muskoka District Municipality,  Rainy River District, Sudbury District, Thunder Bay District and Timiskaming District.


History:  The district was created in 1907 and the first courthouse was built at Rat Portage (Kenora) in 1882 to 1883. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1910 to 1911 at a cost of  $33,684.


Other Branch Courthouses


Dryden  /  Ignace  /  Red Lake  /  Sioux Lookout



District Courthouse – Kenora











District Courthouse without trees 2022













Superior Court of Justice courtroom











Photos taken 2011, 2016 and 2022