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Durham County

Durham County is named for Durham County and the City of Durham in England.


Created:  July 16, 1792 

County Seat: 

Whitby  1792 – present


Old Courthouse – Whitby


Location:  416 Centre Street South / Ontario Street

Built:  1853 – 1854

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Frederick William Cumberland and William George Storm

Contractor:  James Wallace


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red coloured brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The east front has a large portico with four Doric columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the centre of the roof is a round cupola with white coloured dome. The building is now used as a theatre.


Courthouse – Whitby



Location:  605 Rossland Road East / Gardenock Street

Built:  2003 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Brisbin Brook Beynon of Ottawa

Contractor:  Ellis Don Inc.


Description:  The building faces west and is a six story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The west front has a central entrance with glass panels. The windows are horizontal. A one story wing on the south side extends west. The roof line is flat. The building houses the Superior Court of Justice and the Regional Municipality of Durham offices. 


Courthouse – Oshawa



Location:  150 Bond Street East / Carriage Works Drive

Built:  2007 – 2009

Style:  Modern

Architect:  WZMH Architects

Contractor:  PCL Construction Canada Inc., Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Group and Johnson Controls LP


Description:  The building faces west and is a ten story glass, cladding and concrete structure. The west front has a large plaza with recessed central entrance. The building is constructed in sections with a high central tower. The lobby is spacious. The building has thirty three court rooms. The building houses the Ontario Court of Justice ( Criminal ). 


Note:  The previous courthouse was located at 242 King Street East / Ritson Road. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $334,000,000.



N – Simcoe County

E – Kawartha Lakes Region, Peterborough County and Northumberland County

S – Lake Ontario

W – York County and Toronto Region






































Photos taken 2014 and 2017