Fernie is named for William Fernie, who with Colonel James Baker were the main players in the drive to bring coal mining to the valley.
Location: Fernie is located in the southeastern part of the Province.
Judicial District: Cranbrook Judicial District
Courthouse – Fernie
Location: 450 4th Avenue / 4th Street
Built: 1909 – 1910
Architect: George Stanley Rees of Honeyman and Curtis
Contractor: James A Broley of Fernie
Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building has ornamental gables and roofing, wooden exterior, elaborate front and rear entrances and a beautiful west window. The building was rebuilt in 1909.
Note: The cost of construction was $26,360 in 1907. The architect was John James Bastion Honeyman of Glasgow, Scotland and the contractor was Cornish & Cooper of Vancouver. The building was destroyed by fire in 1908. The cost of construction in 1909 was $70,000.
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Photos taken 2003, 2015 and 2016