Portage la Prairie

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Portage la Prairie is named for the French word “portage” which means to carry a canoe overland between waterways between the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba and the word “prairie”


Location:  Portage la Prairie is located in the south central part of the Province near the Assiniboine River on the south and Lake Manitoba to the north.

Judicial District:  Central Judicial District


Courthouse – Portage la Prairie


Location:  25 North Tupper Street / Saskatchewan Avenue East

Built:  1894 – 1895

Style:  Queen Anne

Architect:  George Browne, Jr. of Winnipeg

Contractor:  T M Beamish of Brandon


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff coloured brick, limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The west front has a port cochere which extends from the main building. Above on the second story are three large arched windows for the large courtroom. Above is a wide pediment at the elevated roof line. The second story has a large central courtroom. Additions were designed by Samuel Hooper and “port cochere” on the west side was designed by Victor W Horwood. On the east side is the Provincial Gaol which is attached to the courthouse.


Note:  The first court used the Blake & Wallace Hall which became the Portage Hotel. In 1879, John Duncan who was a carpenter, supervised construction of the first courthouse. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $22,544.


See:  The architect of the addition,  Samuel Hooper of Winnipeg, designed courthouses in Brandon, Minnedosa, Morden and Winnipeg..





Portage la Prairie Courthouse













Photos taken 2009 and 2013