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Old City Hall, Toronto

Categories: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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Visit an architectural marvel at Old City Hall, one of the city's most grandiose landmarks. The design by architect E. J. Lennox showcases elements of Romanesque Revival style, with the whole building ornamentally covered by art inspired from Ancient Rome. Upon approaching, you can't miss its distinctive clock tower--at 103 m (340 ft), it held the record of tallest structure in Canada from 1899 and 1917. Take binoculars if you can to inspect the four intricately carved gargoyles that flank the clock. Take a guided tour to admire the craftsmanship of the interior, including a mural by George A. Reid and a stained glass window by Robert McCausland. Our Toronto trip itinerary maker makes visiting Old City Hall and other Toronto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Beautiful building, located in the city centre next to the building of the new town hall. An interesting contrast, with a beautiful square. Very nice.
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  • They are very close one and another city, when I went in September were restoring it the Old City Hall is the old building of the city of Toronto, at the intersection of Bay Street and Queen Street. It was inaugurated in 1899, and replaced by the Toronto City Hall in 1965. In the same decade, with the construction of the Toronto Eaton Centre, is considered the idea of demolish the Old City Hall to give place to a series of large skyscrapers. This plan found great opposition from the community, and at the end was not performed. It is currently the headquarters of the municipal judicial courts in Toronto. In front of the building is the Cenotaph (Cenotaph), erected in tribute to the dead in the first and the second world war during the commemoration of Remembrance Day, November 11. It is the scene of some TV shows Canadians, such as This is Wonderland.
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  • The Old City Hall exterior was included in our walking tour of Toronto. The original activities taking place in this original building have been transferred to the modern structures of the New City Ha...  read more »
  • The most beautiful building in Toronto, in my humble opinion.
  • Beautiful style building. The clock tower kind of resemble London's Big Ben :)
  • Grand European-style building with beautiful architecture. Perhaps the best view of the building is from Nathan Phillips Square across the street.
  • A beautiful old building. Worth your visit. The monument of war in front of it tells you the history and honor of this country. Now its used as court house, I fighted for my parking tickets a few times there and won most all the cases.
  • Old City Hall escaped demolition in the late 1970's when the original CF Toronto Eaton Centre plans called for a mall that stretch from Yonge to Bay streets. Grass roots opposition was able to delay the permits and Old City hall was protected via a designation as historic building shortly afterwards.
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