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Niagara District Court House

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 15 November 2017 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Niagara District Court House, better known as the Court House Theatre, is a former court house and venue for the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

The neo-classical, three-story building was constructed between 1846 and 1847 to designs by the Toronto architect William Thomas (and built by Garvie and Co.) for the then Niagara District. The building replaced an earlier court house for fear of being near range of cannon fire from Fort Niagara. Inside it had a courtroom, town hall chambers, offices and jail cells.

The building was used as one of a few venues for the 1850 Provincial Agricultural Fair of Canada West. The courthouse function remained until judicial courts moved to St. Catharines in 1863; the building then served as town hall and jail until 1866. It became an orphanage for girls from England from 1869 to the early 20th century.

In 1962 the courthouse became home to the Shaw Festival. It received designation as a National Historic Site in 1981.

Photo captured September 26, 2017.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/6.7 ISO 200 35 mm

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Beautiful old house

15 Nov 2017 6:28am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Man alive. It's a "house" of a thousand lives!

15 Nov 2017 6:51am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Superbe , j'aime beaucoup !
Bonne journée à toi

15 Nov 2017 7:32am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Beautiful old house

15 Nov 2017 7:41am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

beautiful building

15 Nov 2017 9:10am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Belle scène de rue!

15 Nov 2017 9:26am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful framing of the building and superb street composition .

15 Nov 2017 9:30am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful clouds, colors & lights!

15 Nov 2017 9:49am

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful image against a lovely sky !!!!! Thank you for all that info. too :)

15 Nov 2017 10:18am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A superb photo of this handsome classic, which I remember well. We have a lot of wonderful heritage limestone buildings in Elora, Guelph, Fergus, that are reminiscent of this. Kingston is well stocked with architecture of this ilk as well.

15 Nov 2017 1:26pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Something fells me there is not much sympathy to be found in there.

15 Nov 2017 2:03pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A commanding viewpoint. The architecture looks very strong yet weathered.

15 Nov 2017 2:05pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


15 Nov 2017 3:44pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Yay, I am finally back!
That's a former court house?
It looks like a posh country house!

15 Nov 2017 4:10pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

excellent shadow detail on this crisp shot

15 Nov 2017 4:31pm

willy from Belgium

un beau bâtimant ... et son histoire

une belle photo et des informations intéressantes Steven


15 Nov 2017 4:50pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Contraste de tons entre le gris et l'ocre quelle compo et édifices
Belle soirée

15 Nov 2017 5:11pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this classic building. The history is unusally interestiing and covers a wide range of topics.

15 Nov 2017 5:40pm

Remus from Portugal

By its sobriety, it is a building that marks in visual terms.

15 Nov 2017 6:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine looking old courthouse from days long gone. It's good it survived all this time. Beautiful shot.

15 Nov 2017 9:03pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique, très attrayant. )

15 Nov 2017 9:29pm

Marc from Granby, Canada

Un monument magnifique,très belle architecture.

15 Nov 2017 9:53pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a wonderful facade.

16 Nov 2017 12:10am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

I love the front of this building. It is really lovely. I think what attracts me most is the shape of the windows. It has quite an interesting and varied history. Wonderful narrative!

16 Nov 2017 1:39am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

a re-purposed heritage building is always a fine subject

16 Nov 2017 3:00am

Nelida De La Fuente from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Genial vista de la arquitectura, con lindos tonos y luz. *****

16 Nov 2017 11:58am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful looking old court building. A fine shot. :)

18 Nov 2017 3:49pm