Canada Courthouses / Newfoundland and Labrador / Placentia

Placentia was named after an old Basque villa called “Placencia de las Armas” which was located in the Gipuzkoa province of the Basque Country. Or from the Latin “placentia”, a name probably given by the Basque fishermen.


Location:  Placentia located in the eastern part of Newfoundland Island along the Avalon Peninsula.


Judicial District:  St. John’s Judicial District


Courthouse – Placentia


Location:  1 Prince William Drive / Jubilee Road

Built:  1902

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  William Henry Churchill, Superintendent of Public Works

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story white coloured wood frame structure. The east front has a projecting square tower with large clock at the top. There is a central entrance along the front. The roof is mansard with four dormer windows. In 1955 the tower roof was removed. The building served as a courthouse until 2009 and presently houses the Eastern Health office.


Note:  The previous courthouse was built in 1774


See:  The courthouse is similar to the courthouse in Bonavista, GreenspondSaint George’s and Trinity.