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Summerside Law Courts

108 Central Street, Summerside, Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 2004/05/18

Showing south east elevation; MacNaught History Centre and Archives, Natalie Griffith, 2005
Summerside Law Courts
As it appeared in 1938; MacNaught History Centre and Archives, Summerside and Area Historical Society, 18.086
Summerside Law Courts
Colour postcard image in 1950s; Province of PEI, Doug Murray, Postal Historian
Summerside Law Courts

Autre nom(s)

Summerside Law Courts
Prince County Courthouse

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

1873/01/01 à 1874/01/01

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/10/05

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Summerside Law Courts building is a 3 storey red brick Italianate style structure located on landscaped grounds punctuated with large trees in the City of Summerside, PEI.

Valeur patrimoniale

The heritage value of the Summerside Courthouse emerges from its brick Italianate architectural style which was constructed in 1873, the same year PEI joined the Canadian confederation as the seventh province of the Dominion. Another aspect of its heritage value is its location as a prominent government building in Summerside. When it was built here, it heralded the replacement of nearby St. Eleanor's by Summerside as the county seat of Prince County. The site of this building was donated by Joseph Green, the son of a Loyalist pioneer in the area. It was part of a green space or parkland that Green had given to the new town. The courthouse was designed to include both judicial chambers and a jail all within the same building - much to the chagrin of some of the residents of the area who did not want "an unsightly prison" in their backyard.

The building was designed by John Corbett and built by Thomas Beattie, who also built the Indian Head lighthouse at the entrance to Summerside's harbour, the only other example of Beattie's work to survive.

The new court was presided over by William Henry Pope, who became its first judge and also was a Father of Confederation.

The building was rebuilt after being ravaged by fire in 1906. It actually had helped preserve all the wooden buildings north of it be forming a shield against the flames. As such it stands as a symbol of survival and renewal for the City of Summerside and a link to its past. The original building was later renovated with the addition of a third storey in the 1930s. Most recently, it was made more publicly accessible in all respects. It still serves as a courthouse.

Source: PEI Heritage Advisory Committee Files

Éléments caractéristiques

The following characteristics are integral to the style of the building:

- the symmetrical front facade
- the paired semi-circular headed windows
- the curved arch over the entrance
- the brick construction of the building with its corner quoin features
- the low pitched roof (originally was mansard with wrought iron cresting, topped by a belvedere - but this has long since vanished.)




Autorité de reconnaissance

Province de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard

Loi habilitante

Heritage Places Protection Act

Type de reconnaissance

Endroit historique désigné

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Gouverner le Canada
La sécurité et la loi

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Palais de justice et/ou bureaux d'enregistrement

Architecte / Concepteur

John Corbett


Thomas Beattie

Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Located in the Culture and Heritage Division, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 File #: 4320-20/S1

Réfère à une collection

Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




Inscriptions associées

Prince County Courthouse

Prince County Courthouse

The Prince County Court House dominates the intersection of Central and Notre Dame Streets in Summerside, PEI. This Italianate building with some modernization is built of brick…


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