Printed in the St. Thomas Times-Journal- July 22, 2003. Caption reads: "This 1935 photo shows celebratory decorations at the Wellington Street Courthouse."
Scope and Content
Exterior view of the front entrance to the Elgin County Court House, decorated with flags and ribbons. The Elgin County Court House on Wellington and Stanley Streets was constructed 1853-1854 and opened in 1854. It was partially destroyed by fire on July 1, 1898. Under the supervision of architect Neil Darrach the building was rebuilt and enlarged, reopening in December 1899. The cannons were added to the lawn in 1902. It still operates as a Court House. Note the date 1853 above the central window. Decorations may mark the 60th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 1927: other prominent civic buildings in St. Thomas such as the post office were similarly decorated in 1927.
Exterior view of the Elgin County Court House and grounds, St. Thomas, ca. 1920, looking southwest from Metcalfe Street. View includes the wall of the Elgin County Jail exercise yard. Note the St. Thomas Street Railway tracks running along Wellington Street. Note the brick surfacing of Metcalfe Street.
-Backgrounder: St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse Project (gives an overview of the contract with Integrated Team Solutions), June 15, 2011.
-An invitation to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the restoration and renovation of the Elgin County Courthouse, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 2 pm.
Copies of newspaper articles relating to the opening of the St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse on March 18, 2014.
-front-page of the St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 19, 2014, featuring a colour picture of the side view of the new courthouse.
-"Consolidated Elgin County Courthouse opens: Facility incorporates heritage and new space", St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 19, 2014, p. 3.
-"Open for business: Dignitaries gather in one of the atriums at the new consolidated courthouse in St. Thomas for the official ribbon-cutting on Tuesday", St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 19, 2014, p. 26.
-"Well worth the wait: Former Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Steve Peters presides at the official opening of the new, consolidated courthouse Tuesday in St. Thomas. Peters was praised for his efforts to preserve the Elgin County Courthouse on Wellington St. as the seat of justice in the city", St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 19, 2014, p. 27.
-London Free Press article, March 19, 2014, featuring pictures of the front and side views of the new courthouse, and a picture of Brian Masschaele, Elgin County Director of Community and Cultural Services installing a time capsule in the building's basement. Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP, is also pictured, p. A-2.
-this file also includes:
-a leaflet which gives an overview of the Elgin County Courthouse Self-Guided Tour.
-paper scans of colour photographs of the interior of the Consolidated Courthouse and dignitaries at the opening ceremony.
-the speech by Elgin County Warden Dave Marr, at the opening ceremony.
-a News Release from Infrastructure Ontario, March 18, 2014: "Elgin County Courthouse Officially Complete" (English and French versions).
-A Backgrounder: "The Elgin County Courthouse, a St. Thomas Landmark" (English and French versions).
-"Courts on the move: Justice of the Peace Cheri Emrich was the final judicial officer to preside over a bail hearing in the last case to be heard in the Colin McGregor Justice Building. All court fuctions are now moving to the new, consolidated Elgin County Courthouse, which officially opened on Tuesday", St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 19, 2014, p. 3.
-"Consolidated courthouse in session: Judge Mitrow of the Superior Court of Justice presided over the first case in the new, consolidated Elgin County Courthouse on Monday", St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 25, 2014, p. 6.
-Emails regarding the identification of a dignitary at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, March 19-26, 2014. The dignitary is identified as Tori McKillop of Integrated Team Solutions. Attached to the email string is a photograph of the dignitaries.Left to right: Tori McKillop, Project Director, Integrated Team Solutions; Jeff Yurek, MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London; Dave Marr, Elgin County Warden; John Gerretsen, Ontario Attorney General; Heather Jackson, Mayor of St. Thomas; Joe Preston, MP, Egin-Middlesex-London; Steve Peters, former MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London.
"Justice stands up to the test of time", p.5 / "Time capsule awaits the year 2102", p. 8. St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News, March 27, 2014.
"Court security state-of-the-art", St. Thomas Times-Journal, April 2, 2014, p.4.
"A monument to justice: Regional Senior Justice Thomas A. Heeney speaks at the official opening of the courts at Elgin County Courthouse on Tuesday", St. Thomas Times-Journal, April 30, 2014, p.1.
-"St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse Time Capsule Committee Terms of Reference".
-Time Capsule Committee minutes: December 5, 2012; January 22, 2013; February 21, 2013; March 26, 2013; April 30, 2013; September 19, 2013; Agenda for October 18, 2013 meeting (no formal minutes recorded).
-emails, April 29, 2013-February 25, 2014.
-a Backgrounder: "Time Capsule at New Elgin County Courthouse to be Opened in 2102" (English and French versions).
-a hard-cover booklet: "Commemorating the Elgin County Courthouse and Documenting the Time Capsule placed in the Expanded Elgin County Courthouse Official Opening- March 18, 2014".
-a colour print-out of the enclosed time capsule shortly before it was sealed on March 27, 2014.
-a colour print-out of the book "The Court Houses of a Century: 1800-1900", which was one of the documents placed in the time capsule.
-a print-out of one of the documents placed in the time capsule: "This 1852 Newspaper Report of the Laying of the Cornerstone of the Elgin County Courthouse by Masonic Lodge 211, Port Stanley with St. John's Lodge 209, London (Both of the Grand Lodge of Ireland) is here Reprinted for Placement in the Time Capsule in the St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse. Text selected and prepared by the Elgin County Museum, Michael Baker, Curator, & hand-printed from photo polymer plates by stiff n' sore press, Stouffville, Ontario, January 2014", and associated emails.
Published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal Bygone Days feature, and on the Archives flickr site, August 3, 2016: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elgincountyarchives/28746757615/in/dateposted-public/.
Ian D. Cameron Collection - Photographs Series
Scope and Content
Elgin County Court House, St. Thomas, ca. 1899, showing the reconstructed building following the fire of July 1, 1898. View is looking east along Wellington Street from William Street. View includes an electrified St. Thomas Street Railway car travelling on the system's "Belt Line". The flag pole mounted on top of the dome shown in this photo was removed ca. 1960 and relocated to the ground in front of the Court House. Note the absence of the cannons that now sit in front of the Court House - they were put in place in 1902. The St. Thomas Street Railway was electrified on June 1, 1898 - previously its cars were horse-drawn. File includes:
Black and white postcard showing the Elgin County Court House, St. Thomas, looking west from Metcalfe Street, ca. 1920. The Elgin County Jail is partially visible at left. Caretakers are visible raking and sweeping. A fence surrounds and protects a newly planted tree.
DVDs of virtual exhibits undertakken by the Elgin County Archives. Includes: "Alma College: A Visual Journey" at the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre, 2008; and "They Served: We Will Remember Them" in 2008. Also, the files for "Toujours en Avant".
Research notes and timeline of the Elgin County Courthouse, 2013-2014. Compiled by Krista Taylor, for the Elgin County Archives virtual exhibit.
File includes a list of Elgin County Wardens, Sheriffs, Clerks and Registrars, 1852-1985. Also, the Time Capsule Committee proposal, dated April 30, 2013.