Honour­ing Elgin County Heritage

November 28, 2014


The Elgin County Cour­t­house is one of the earli­est pre-Confederation cour­t­houses in Ontario. To better serve Elgin County for decades to come, this heritage build­ing under­went a $250M reno­va­tion, consol­i­dat­ing the Supe­rior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. To honour the histor­i­cal char­ac­ter of the site, Entro devel­oped a comple­men­tary and distinc­tive wayfind­ing solu­tion.

The reno­vated cour­t­house incor­po­rates heritage elements which were conserved and restored, includ­ing the orig­i­nal copper dome. As a distinc­tive feature of the build­ing exte­rior, the copper dome trans­lates into an icon that unifies all exte­rior and inte­rior wayfind­ing. Reversed (white) typog­ra­phy on a dark grey back­ground creates an elegant contrast to enhance the building’s brick and masonry. The complete wayfind­ing pack­age marries modern func­tion­al­ity with the building’s heritage, ampli­fy­ing it as the central focus of the space.