Chatham Jail

Geographic coordinate system Alexander Mackenzie (politician) Stone mason
Chatham Jail
Location17 Seventh Ave, Chatham, Ontario
Coordinates42°24′35″N 82°10′47″W / 42.40972°N 82.17986°W / 42.40972; -82.17986Coordinates: 42°24′35″N 82°10′47″W / 42.40972°N 82.17986°W / 42.40972; -82.17986
Security classCorrectional Facility
ClosedMay 16, 2014
Managed byMinistry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

The Chatham Jail was an adult prison located at 17 7th Ave at the corner of Stanley Ave in Chatham, Ontario. The jail closed May 16, 2014. The Chatham Jail along with the Windsor Jail were replaced by the South West Detention Centre in Maidstone (Windsor) Ontario.[1]


The building, together with the Kent County Courthouse, was designed by Canadian architect William Thomas. The Neoclassical limestone building was completed in 1850, and features a balustraded balcony, a prominent pediment and a crowning cupola.[2] While it was being built, the future Canadian Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie worked on its construction as a stone mason.[3] The court is no longer in use.

See also


  1. ^ Chatham jail has 2 years, London Free Press, March 29, 2012
  2. ^ Historical Plaques of Chatham-Kent
  3. ^ An Historical Perspective Archived April 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services