New Westminster is named after the city of Westminster in England by Queen Victoria.
Location: New Westminster is located in the southwest part of the Province allong the Fraser River.
Judicial District: Vancouver Westminster Judicial District
Courthouse – New Westminster
Location: 651 Carnavon Street / Lorne Street
Built: 1980 – 1984
Architect: Carlsberg Jackson Partners
Contractor: PCL Construction Ltd.
Description: The building faces south and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The south front has horizontal recessed windows. A statue of Justice is located on the east side of the front. The building backs into a hill and the east side has a plaza with stairs and waterfall. The east side has a large atrium with sloped glass roof. The windows are horizontal and the roof line is flat.
Note: The design resembles Arthur Erickson’s Vancouver Courthouse at Robson Square design.
Old Courthouse – New Westminster
Location: 668 Carnavon Street / Lorne Street
Built: 1890 – 1891
Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: George William Grant.
Contractor: George William Grant.
Description: The building faces north and is a three story red coloured brick and stone structure. The north front has four narrow arched windows. Above are three smaller arched windows. On the west side is a wing with entrance on the first story and steep roof rising front a projecting section. The roof is hipped and the building is named as the “Begbie Court”..The building was rebuilt in 1899 after a fire destroyed the building in 1898. The architect was George William Grant of New Westminster. The building was altered in 1911 to 1912. The architect was F G Gardiner and contractor was J C Allen. Further alteration was done in 1915 to 1916. The architect was Gardiner-Mercer and contractor was Dominion Construction Company. On the west side is the old Registry building built in 1910. The architect was E G W Sait.
Note: The first courthouse was built in 1860. The second courthouse was built in 1973 in Market Square.
Vancouver Westminster Judicial District Courthouses:
Photos taken 2016