"Toronto's Old City Hall" Top 5 Page for this destination City Hall & Nathan Phillips Square Tip by Paul2001

  The Old City Hall, Toronto
by Paul2001

This is actually the third city hall in Toronto. It is in my opinion one of the finest Neo-Romanesque buildings in North America. During the late 1800's it was decided that the present town hall was too small and a larger building was required. This new structure would act both as the municipal centre of the town and as the towns courthouse. The buildings was constructed over an eleven year span from 1888 to 1899 according to the design of Toronto architect, E.J. Lennox. At the time of its completion the City Hall was the largest municipal building in North America.
The exterior of the building is adorned with brilliant red stonework that can rarely be matched anywhere in the Americas. Some of the figures depicted on the facade are quite grotesque and are said to be of city councillors whom Lennox had fight with over budgeting. The most notable obvious feature of the Old City Hall is the dominating 103.6m high clock tower. Four gargoyles now sit peering out from the tower, overlooking Queen Street.
The interior of the Old City Hall has many interesting features such as mosaics, murals and stained glass windows.
There was talk of demolishing the old structure when Toronto built it's latest City Hall but wiser heads prevailed and the Old City Hall still stands. It still is an active courthouse. I even have had to go to court here a couple of time to bear witness in a couple of criminal cases.

Address: 100 Queen Street West
Directions: The Old City Hall overlooks Bay Street and Queen.
Phone: (416) 392-7341
Website: http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/old_cityhall/

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  • Updated Jan 16, 2007
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