Blairmore

Canada Courthouses / Alberta / Blairmore
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Blairmore is named for A G Blair, who was the federal minister of Railways.

 

Location:  Blairmore is located in the southwest corner of the Province.

Judicial District:  Lethbridge / Macleod  Judicial District

 

Old Courthouse – Blairmore

 

Location:  20 Avenue / 134 Street

Built:  1922 – 1923

Style:  Spanish Colonial

Architect:  Richard Palin Blakey

Contractor:  Watson and Abercombie of Calgary

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff coloured stucco and masonry Spanish Colonial style structure. The building faces south and was completed in 1923. The building is constructed with clay titles and has a wood frame. The east and west corner sections project from the building. The centre section has an entrance on the first story framed with red coloured brick with four windows above on the second story. The roof is hipped.

 

Note:  This was the first courthouse in Alberta to include both police and court facilities. With problems ranging from train robberies to labour confrontations, and especially bootlegging and smuggling after the introduction of Prohibition in 1917, there was an acute need for policing in the Crownest Pass.

 

See:  The architect, Richard Palin Blakey designed courthouses in Medicine Hat, Taber and Vegreville

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2015