The old courthouse building in Harbour Grace has been named one of the top-10 endangered places of historic significance in Canada.
According to the National Trust for Canada, the 186-year-old building is a “handsome colonial treasure” that “deserves a fair trial.”
The courthouse was the oldest public building in use by provincial government before it was closed last December, with all staff moving to the Babb Building in Harbour Grace. At the time, it was said the building would not be suitable for use in winter months.
In the provincial budget, government announced its intention to close Harbour Grace Provincial Court. Justice Minister Andrew Parsons told The Compass last month the old courthouse property is in need of multi-million dollars repairs, adding “it’s just not feasible” to do that work. Government is currently renting the Babb Building at an annual cost of $280,000.
Earlier this week, The Compass requested to speak with Transportation and Works Minister Al Hawkins about the future of the old courthouse building, which was declared a national historic site in 1966. An official response has not been received as of Thursday morning. The department is responsible for maintaining all provincial properties.