A New Municipal Hall
When Port Coquitlam, or Westminster Junction as it was then known, seceded in 1913, Coquitlam needed to develop its own police department, fire department, and municipal hall. Émeri Paré Sr. became Coquitlam's first police officer since Port Coquitlam's departure. His home soon became the new municipal hall until a new building was finally completed at Brunette and Marmont in 1920. Paré's grandson, Antonio, recalled the new municipal hall: "[It] boasted the latest facilities, including the police station, court room, administration offices, and jail cells. On the ground floor were living quarters, which my granddad occupied from 1920 until 1925. These were included because the police and the police chief were responsible for the supervision and feeding of the prisoners, while they were in custody" (Pioneer Tales Book Committee, p. 99). Today Coquitlam City Hall is located at 3000 Guildford Way.
Pioneer Tales Book Committee. Coquitlam, 100 Years: Reflections on the Past. Coquitlam, B.C.: District of Coquitlam, 1990.
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