Canada Courthouses / British Columbia / Vancouver

Vancouver is named for Captain George Vancouver, who was a British Royal naval officer and who explored the and charted the coast of British Columbia.


Location:  Vancouver is located in the southwest part of the Province at the mouth of the Fraser River.

Judicial District:  Vancouver Westminster Judicial District


Courthouse – Vancouver


Location:  800 Smithe Street / Hornby Street

Built:  1976 – 1980

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Arthur Erickson

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a seven story concrete and glass structure. The building houses the British Columbia Court of Appeals


British Columbia Court of Appeal




Note:  British Columbia Court of Appeals also sits in Kamloops and Victoria.


Provincial Criminal Courthouse – Vancouver




Location:  222 Main Street / East Cordova Street

Built:  1971 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Harrison Plavsic & Kiss

Contractor:  Grimwood Construction Company Ltd.


Description:  The building faces west and is a four story rectangular concrete structure. The façade is concrete piers and walls reflecting the cut stone with classical columns of the old courthouse at Robinson Square. The front has a recessed glass entrance rising three stories with projecting red coloured brick section. The fourth story has horizontal windows. The building houses the Provincial Criminal Court. 


Old Courthouse – Vancouver




Location:  750 Hornby Street / West Georgia Street

Built:  1907 – 1911

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Francis Mawson Rattenbury of Victoria

Contractor:  McDonald, Wilson & Snyder of Vancouver


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story grey coloured stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of Robinson Square and was constructed with Haddington Island stone and Nelson Island granite. The north front has a projecting portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. Along the fronr columns rise from the second to third stories dividing the recessed windows. A balustrade runs along the flat roof line. A large green coloured dome rises in the centre. The excavation was completed by Smith & Sherbourne. An annex designed by Thomas Hooper was added to the western side of the building in 1911 to 1914. The contractor was McDonald, Wilson & Snyder of Vancouver. The building is now occupied by the Vancouver Art Galley.


Note:  The first courthouse was built by Thomas C Sorby in 1888 at the corner of Pender Street and Hamilton Street. In 1893, an addition was designed by N S Hoffers in 1893.


Vancouver Westminster Judicial District Courthouses: 


AbbotsfordChilliwackNew WestminsterNorth VancouverPort Coquitlam, Powell RiverRichmond, Sechelt and Surrey

















Court of Appeal Chamber




























Photos taken 1996, 2016 and 2017