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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Police Court (223 James Avenue, Winnipeg)

Built in 1883 at the corner of James Avenue and King Street, on a design by the architects Barber and Barber, this two-storey brick building contained 18 jail cells adjacent to a large courtroom on the main floor, with offices for court officials on the second floor, and a full attic used as a dormitory for police officers. Renovations in 1893 were overseen by Charles Burgess. In 1908, when a new police station opened on Rupert Street, this building was renovated into municipal offices on a design by architect John D. Atchison.

Designated in December 1983 as a municipal historic site, it was delisted in August 1986.

Winnipeg Police Court

Winnipeg Police Court (1886)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg Police Department 11, N11699.

Winnipeg Police Court

Police Court (circa 1903)
Source: An Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg by W. A. Martel & Sons.

The former Winnipeg Police Court building

The former Winnipeg Police Court building (June 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90059, W97.13887
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Some Old Winnipeg Buildings by Randy Rostecki
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 29, 1972-1973 Season


“Winnipeg’s big building development during 1908,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1908, page 31.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 September 2020

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