Red Deer is named for the river called by the Cree people as “Waskasoo Seepe” which is “Elk River”, but the first British traders thought that it meant a type of European red deer.
Location: Red Deer is located in the western central part of the Province along the Red Deer River.
Judicial District: Red Deer Judicial District
Old Courthouse – Red Deer
Location: 4836 Ross Street / 49th Avenue
Built: 1930 – 1931
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: D E MacDonald of the Department of Public Works
Contractor: J P Desrochers of Edmonton
Description: The building faces south and is a two story Flemish bond red coloured brick and Tyndall limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the northwest side of the courthouse. The south front has a projecting centre section with two high columns with brick pillars on the outside. The recessed entrance is trimmed with stone and there is a trimmed three section window above. The wide header has a balustrade and the Albert coat of arms. The building was constructed with Redcliffe Tapestry bricks and Tyndall stone. The roof is hipped. The roof is hipped. The building served as the courthouse until 1983.
Note: The bid for construction was $91,000. Other subcontractors were J P Fitzgerald ( plumbing and heating ) and North-West Electric Company ( electrical ). Materials were obtained from Dominion Bridge ( steel, Radcliffe Coke & Clay Products ( brick ), Tyndall Stone Company of Winnipeg, Manitoba ( stone ) and Empire Marble and Title Works of Edmonton ( stone and title ).
Courthouse – Red Deer
Location: 4909 48th Avenue / Ross Street
Built: 1980 – 1982
Architect: Ken Hutchinson Architect Limited of Calgary
Contractor: Richard & B A Ryan Ltd. of Edmonton
Description: The building faces west and is a two story brown-red coloured brick. concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The southwest corner has concrete pillars supporting a canopy. The first story has a glass panel wall. Behind the west one story section is the higher two story section. The roof line is flat. The entrance is recessed.
Note: The cost of construction was $10,443,,432.
Photos taken 2013