Old Court House

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Old Court House

The Albany Court House is a two-storey build­ing made from granite and red brick, with rounded front corners and con­volu­ted granite archways.

As the grandest and most ex­pens­ive country court house built during the gold boom, it featured on postcards and in prom­otions of the town for dec­ades.

De­signed by George Temp­le-Poole, the Albany Court was built by Charles Layton on the site of the old state school. The found­ation stone was laid on 29th Dec­ember 1896 by F. H. Piesse MLA, with con­struc­tion est­im­a­ted to take nine months. However, due to a scarc­ity of bricks it was not com­­ple­ted until 7th Febru­ary 1898 when it was opened the acting Pre­mier E.R. Wittenoom.

Orig­in­ally the build­ing con­tained court rooms and the police stat­ion. Later, offices of the Public Works De­part­ment. In 1908, a lock up and gaol keepers re­sid­ence was built at the rear. In 1978, a re­de­sign of the in­terior pro­vided a second courtroom on the ground floor and im­pro­ve­ments to the office areas. In 1983, the ceil­ing of the main court upstairs collapsed and needed re­plac­ing.

Today, the Albany Court House is one of several herit­age build­ings that are part of the Albany Justice Com­plex

The build­ing features a British coat of arms near the left arch­way, the arches themselves are con­volu­ted, arch­ing in­wards as well as over each door­way. In­terest­ing­ly, the front corners of the build­ing are rounded., while the roof is tiled in grey. The brick chimneys are topped with terracotta.

Today, the Albany Court House is one of several herit­age build­ings that are part of the Albany Justice Com­plex, com­­ple­ted in Febru­ary 2006, loca­ted at the corner Stirl­ing Terrace and Collie Street.

Article updated 29/10/2016.