This local landmark was built with three reasons in mind. The first was that the growing town needed somewhere other than the church to carry out and settle charges. Second, there had been a very large number of fires in Halifax and this building was one of the first in the city to be created with more fire repellant materials. Third, the building needed to model both power and permanence for the thriving city.
Despite a hiatus from 1971–1985 when it housed a government library and other departments, this imposing example of Classical revival architecture is still used as a courthouse today.