One thing that we have in our Country are some beautifully built court houses, and one of my favourites is the Courthouse in Welland, Ontario. The other night found me back in Welland and I thought I would share a picture of her all lit up. This majestic masterpiece was built in 1855-1856, right about the time my ancestors came and settled in the area! Built from limestone quarried from Queenston ( just down past Niagara Falls) she is a testament for the times when we built things that looked magnificient and actually attracted people to take pictures and wonder. Its been over a decade since I have wandered her halls, but I always loved heading to this courthouse to attend to filings and such, with todays new buildings and all the fancy things you can find inside this old and graceful gem served up its own version of things to the visitor. Anyone that has been around for a long time will know what I mean, the one thing that always made me smile was the old bathroom off the main hallway, nothing more than a closet really with an old fashioned hook to keep the door closed. I wonder if it is still in use today. The old registry office I remember visiting about 20 years ago and talking with staff about its history and one lady told me that when some recent renovations were done a contractor uncovered what is thought to be the old gallows. Considering that the last hanging performed in Canada was here, it makes you wonder….If only the walls could talk….
If you ever visit Welland make it a point to visit the courthouse, and yes it is okay to want to touch her stonework, the masons that built her would be proud that you did.