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Arts Court

Before Arts Court was a vibrant centre for performing, media and visual arts, it served as the Carleton County Courthouse. Built for this purpose between 1870 and 1871, the Courthouse was part of a legal precinct that included the former Carleton County Gaol, the Carleton County Registry Office and the former City Registry Office on Nicholas Street. The building was identified for demolition by the Government of Ontario in 1980. In 1985, however, the City of Ottawa took ownership of the building and established the now-dissolved Ottawa Arts Court Foundation trustees as its custodians. Arts Court became Ottawa’s central arts hub in 1988. Currently housed in the building are 18 independent arts organizations. A historical landmark in downtown Ottawa, Arts Court continues to evolve as a vibrant centre for artists and audiences alike. Celebrating the building’s sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary in 2021, Arts Court is excited to welcome people back ... when the time is right. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of this site through the video below.

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Contact info

2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario


Year built: 1870-71
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Arts Court 2 Daly Avenue