Medicine Hat

Canada Courthouses / Alberta / Medicine Hat
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Medicine Hat is named for the Blackfoot word “saamis” meaning “the eagle tail feather headdress worm by medicine men”.

 

Location:  Medicine Hat is located in the southeast part of the Province along the South Saskatchewan River.

Judicial District:  Medicine Hat Judicial District

 

Old Courthouse – Medicine Hat

 

Location:  460 First Street SE / 5th Avenue

Built:  1919 – 1920

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Richard Palin Blakey

Contractor:  Bennett and White of Calgary

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red coloured brick and limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the centre of Medicine Hat. The south front has a projecting central entrance with curved pediment enclosing the shield of the arms of Alberta. There are brick and stone pilasters with double columns rising on the second story to a wide stone parapet at the roof line. The windows are trimmed with stone and the second story windows are arched.  The courtroom is located on the second story on the north side. The hipped roof is red coloured. The building is located on landscaped grounds with the new courthouse along the east side and the South Saskatchewan River along the north side.

 

See:  The architect, Richard Palin Blakey designed courthouses in BlairmoreTaber and Vegreville.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a two story structure designed by D Ewart and built by Charles Purmal in 1899 at a cost of $8,297. The building was demolished in 1969.

 

Provincial Court Courthouse – Medicine Hat

 

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Location:  460 First Street SE / 5th Avenue

Built:  1984 – 1985

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Russell & Needham Architects Ltd.

Contractor:  A V Carlson Construction of Edmonton

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red coloured brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the centre of Medicine Hat on the east side of the courthouse. The west front has a central recessed entrance with wide projecting limestone faced section above. The windows are horizontal. The second story is recessed and the north and south wings are one story.. The roof line is flat. The old courthouse is located on the west side of the building.

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $12,840,894.

 

See:  Within the Medicine Hat Judicial District is a Provincial Courthouses located at Brooks.

 

 

 

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Courthouse

 

 

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Provincial Court Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2013