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Essex County

Essex County is named for Essex County in England. 


Created:  July 16, 1792

County Seat: 

Windsor  1792 – present


Old Courthouse – Windsor


Location:  3227 Sandwich Street / Brock Street

Built:  1855 – 1856

Style:  Italianate and Victorian Classical Revival

Architect:  Albert H Jordan of Detroit, Michigan

Contractor:  Alexander Mackenzie and Mackenzie Builders of Port Sarnia


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story grey coloured rough-hewn limestone  structure. There are landscaped grounds. The west front has a central arched entrance on the first story. The second story has arched windows. There are four pillastres and smaller north and south wings with entrances. A wide cornice runs along the roof line with a rounded segmental pediment at the front. The building has sandstone trim. The building is now Mackenzie Hall. 


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1820.


Courthouse – Windsor



Location:   / Chatham Street

Built:  1992 – 1995

Style:  Modern

Architect:  DuBois Plumb Partnership Incorporated, Carruthers Shaw Partners Limited and W A Fraser, Architects

Contractor:  BFC Buildings.


Description:  The building faces south and is a seven story glass and concrete structure. Along the south front are concrete columns rising to a wide header at the second story. The windows are horizontal with small square shaped windows on the seventh story. The building is named as the Justice Facility and houses the Superior Court of Justice. 


Note:  The cost of construction was $47,600,000.


Courthouse – Windsor



Location:  245 Windsor Avenue / Goyeau Street

Built:  1961 – 1963

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff coloured brick and concrete structure. The entrance is located at the northeast corner. The building houses the Ontario Court of Justice. 


Other Branch Courthouses





N – Lake St. Clair

E – Chatham-Kent Region

S – Lake Erie

W – Michigan and Lake St. Clair




Old Courthouse


















Photos taken 2011 and 2018