Old City Hall, Toronto

This photo is of Toronto’s Old City Hall. It fronts on Queen St. just next to the Eaton Centre but this photo was taken of the Bay St. side. It’s one of Toronto’s most magnificent buildings, in my opinion. Right next door is the Toronto Zoo, oops, I mean the New City Hall. It’s hard to miss because you can hear that constant flushing sound of all our tax dollars going down the drain. 🙂

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5 Responses to Old City Hall, Toronto

  1. milkayphoto says:

    You say this is the Old City Hall building yet it clearly says “Court House” across the front? Is that a Canada thing? 🙂 Old stone buildings are great – can’t beat the architecture. This looks just like any historic city building in my town and surrounding towns – when they used to know how to build ’em! Lovely tones, Dave!

  2. davecandoit says:

    I suspect that at the time this would have been the court house side entrance. Here’s a link to another photo I took of the front entrance. Unfortunately it’s not a close up and it’s a night shot.

    As for the architecture of the day, Yeah, I think we see this sort of thing all the time. Trends come and go and we are left with the architecture as a reminder. My favourite architectural trend tends to be art deco.

  3. lynnwiles says:

    Beautiful architecture. They just don’t make them like they used to.

  4. Terry Murray says:

    And to think Old City Hall was nearly torn down in the 70s to make way for the Eaton Centre! Re the similarity to architecture in Boston – that’s no coincidence. The Romanesque style was championed by H.H. Richardson, a Boston architect. In fact, the faces on the capitals flanking the main entrance of Old City Hall look very similar to those on Austin Hall at Harvard. See http://www.ontarioarchitecture.com/romanesque.htm

    Terry Murray (author of Faces on Places: A Grotesque Tour of Toronto; Anansi, 2006)

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