The Revelstoke Courthouse is in the running in the Architecture Foundation of B.C.’s Best Buildings Contest.
Revelstoke’s iconic courthouse, with its neoclassical facade, Doric columns and green dome, was built in 1912-13 by the local construction firm Foote and Pradolini. It is the only building in Revelstoke in the running for the Best Building Contest.
The contest is being held by the foundation to celebrate 100 years of architecture in the province.
The AFBC writes this of the courthouse: “It’s a simple reminder of how buildings looked at the turn of the 19th Century. You cannot look at it and not know you are looking at a piece of history. It’s unique in its shape and design for this area and this province. It looks like it should be a building in Europe somewhere, not a small town whose main industry is forestry and railways. Simply, its a hidden gem.”
Voting is open until September 25, at which point, the top 25 buildings in B.C.’s four regions (Lower Mainland, Island, Interior and North) will move on to the final round. The top three buildings in each region will then be selected by a panel of judges and each will receive a commemorative plaque.
You can vote online by following the instructions at the AFBC website. (http://www.architecturefoundationbc.ca/best-buildings-entries-for-voting/)