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Osgoode Hall is a landmark building in downtown Toronto, the capital of Ontario in Canada. The original -storey building was started in 1829 and finished in 1832 from a design by John Ewart and W. W. Baldwin. The structure was named after William Osgoode, the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada (now the province of Ontario).It originally served to house the regulatory body for lawyers in Ontario along with its law school (formally established as Osgoode Hall Law School in 1889) which was the only recognized professional law school for the province at the time. It was constructed between 1829 and 1832 in the late Georgian Palladian and Neoclassical styles. It currently houses the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court of the Superior Court of Justice, the offices of The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Great Law Library.HistoryThe six-acre site at the corner of Lot Street and College Avenue was acquired by the Law Society in 1828. At the time, the location was on the northwest edge of the city, which has since grown around the building. It was originally bounded on its north side by Osgoode Street, and on its east side by a street that would eventually be known as Chestnut Street. The former no longer exists, and the latter now stops at Armoury Street as Nathan Phillips Square now lies to the east. The portico of Osgoode Hall's east wing was built at the head of Toronto's York Street to serve as a terminating vista, though it is now obscured by trees planted on the building's lawn.
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  • I have eaten at Osgoode Hall a few times. You can book on Open Table but it is still one of Toronto’s best kept secrets. The restaurant is housed in Osgoode Hall, home of the law society of Upper Cana...  more »
  • Conveniently located in the center of the city, this beautiful building is surrounded by the equally beautiful park/garden. Nicely maintained, it offers a quiet and peaceful spot for those who seek it...  more »
  • In fact is a kind of "Forum". An amazing construction with a dazzling architecture, located in downtown Toronto, in a wonderful garden area. Nice place to get some rest, take pictures and learn more about the culture of this people that maintains a public place so well maintained and pleasant.
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  • Osgoode Hall is a landmark building in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The original 2 ¹⁄₂-storey building was started in 1829 and finished in 1832 from a design by John Ewart and W. W. Baldwin. Today the building serves as the Court Of Appeals and Superior Court. During my visit, I was able to walk into the court rooms and view some of the trials. I also saw their library and many paintings on the walls as well as statues throughout Osgoode Hall. I was kind of disappointed that nobody was available to offer ME any kind of tour, however, if I were in South America, I would have had No Problem In Securing A Tour! In any case, I really enjoyed what I saw regardless back on Monday, January 8, 2018. Thank you. Sincerely yours, Howard Paul Shore Visitor Executive, Volunteer Writer For Google And Tripadvisor Websites /HPS
  • What a court house should be! Magnificent library and gorgeous courtrooms. You don't need to be a lawyer to get inside.
  • the most dishonest registrar, judges and lawyers are here... in particular Sexual harassment for young women
  • the most dishonest judges and lawyers are here... i can prove it!
  • Beautiful building, and one of Toronto's historic wonders. This is the site where the Osgoode Hall Law School was previously located, before its relocation to York University. Now this building houses the Law Society of Upper Canada and also the Ontario Court of Appeal. If you get a chance, visit the Great Library on the second floor!

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