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Provincial Court House

805 8th Avenue, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, S0K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1984/10/09

View of the front façade of the Provincial Court House, 1995; Government of Saskatchewan, Frank Korvemaker, 1995
Provincial Court House
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Other Name(s)

Provincial Court House
Humboldt Court House and Land Titles Building

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Construction Date(s)

1914/01/01 to 1920/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/04/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Provincial Court House is a Municipal Heritage Property which occupies three urban lots on the corner of 8th Avenue and Main Street in Humboldt. The property features a two-storey stone-and-brick building constructed between 1914-1920.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Provincial Court House in Humboldt lies in its architecture. Designed by provincial architect Raymond Philbrick, the Provincial Court House is only one of two provincial buildings constructed as a combined Court House and Land Titles building in Saskatchewan. Although construction began in 1914, the First World War slowed progress on the project and the building was not completed until 1920. By this time, new ideas regarding provincial buildings were being implemented by a new provincial architect and no further dual-use buildings of this type were constructed in Saskatchewan. Built in the Edwardian Classical style, the symmetrical appearance gives the Provincial Court House an impression of order and prestige, qualities benefiting the administration of justice. The exterior is clad in Claybank brick and Tyndall Stone, adding to the prestige of the building and offering an image of stability. A substantial structure in what was a small community at the time of construction, the building demonstrates the province's optimism in the future growth of Humboldt. Prominently situated on the corner of 8th Avenue and Main Street, the Provincial Court House is a landmark in Humboldt.


Town of Humboldt Bylaw No. 20/84.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Provincial Court House resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements reflecting the Edwardian Classical architectural style, including the monumental proportions, the rounded-arch pediment, carved stone ornamentation, projecting metal cornice with mock supporting bracket details, the regular pattern of windows, the balustrades set within the pediment wall, the projecting bays at the ends of the building and the rusticated stone base;
-those interior fixtures that reflect the building's judicial function, including the carved coat of arms and signage above the exterior doorway and the large carved ornate panel behind the judge's bench;
-the building's prominent corner location on 8th Avenue and Main Street.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Security and Law

Function - Category and Type


Courthouse and/or Registry Office


Office or office building

Architect / Designer

Raymond Philbrick


Parsons Engineering Company

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 741

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 741



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