The windows at Brandon’s courthouse have received a $650,000 upgrade.
A total of 55 windows, which dated back to the 1950s, were replaced with an energy-efficient model. There was also an effort to bring the building back to its original look.
"The original design actually included transom windows, above the main windows," said Justice Minister Andrew Swan during a tour of the courthouse on Wednesday. "At some point they were simply painted over and ignored. We decided it was appropriate for the law courts to restore the windows that were there before."
The windows were installed by Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation last fall. Court rooms, administrative offices and Crown attorney offices all have the new windows.
"I know in Brandon there’s been a lot of work at restoring heritage buildings and sprucing up the downtown area," Swan said. "Obviously the province supports that, and restoring the windows here in the law courts to the way they were before is another great step in the great things going on downtown."
When asked if restoring the windows to their original look added a lot to the cost, Swan said "the additional cost … was actually not that much."
"It was work that had to be done anyway, on 60-year-old windows," he said. "It’s got to be done right and there’s going to be a cost. Being able to replace the windows with energy-efficient windows is going to result in savings … but also being able to restore some of the glory of the law courts building was another happy byproduct."