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Old City Hall (Toronto)

Old City Hall (Toronto)

60 Queen St West, Toronto, Ontario
http://www.toronto.ca/old_cityhall/

Toronto's Old City Hall was home to its city council from 1899 to 1966 and remains one of the city's most prominent structures. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984. Toronto's Old City Hall was one of the largest buildings in Toronto and the largest civic building in North America upon completion in 1899. It was the burgeoning city's third city hall. It housed Toronto's municipal government and courts for York County and Toronto.

Old City Hall, a showplace of history and exquisite craftsmanship, celebrated its centennial birthday in September 1999. During a week of festivities which included public tours, musical performances and the unveiling of a new time capsule, residents and visitors alike gained a new appreciation for this important city landmark.

Courtroom 33 is said to be haunted by the last two men sentenced to hang in Canada: Robert Turpin and Arthur Lucas. They were tried for separate crimes but had the same lawyer, Ross MacKay, who believed both men to be innocent. There have been reports of judges’ robes mysteriously being pulled, footsteps heard walking down deserted hallways, and moans from empty holding cells in the basement. These same two men are also rumoured to be haunting the Old Don Jail.

Photo Credit: Date 13 May 2009, 16:27 Source Old City Hall Uploaded by Skeezix1000 Author Richard Kang from Canada

Text Credit: Site description from Wikipedia, http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=6a6f7be335023410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=4284ba2ae8b1e310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD and http://www.blogto.com/city/2011/10/the_ghosts_of_toronto/ used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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  • Old City Hall
    guestBook Guestbook/ GeoGal1/ Jun 18, 2017

    So glad that this building was preserved. One of my favourite stories is that the architect EJ Lennox was annoyed that he was not able to include his name anywhere other than the corner stone,. Not to be outdone, you can find the letters of his name "woven" into the corbels just under the roof.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ GeoGal1/ Jun 18, 2017
  • old city hall
    guestBook Guestbook/ janetagy/ Aug 28, 2014 old city hall

    Toronto's 3rd city hall

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ janetagy/ Aug 28, 2014
  • Old City Hall
    guestBook Guestbook/ Margaret Wong/ Aug 27, 2014

    Love the architecture. Quite gothic style!

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ Margaret Wong/ Aug 27, 2014
  • Ghosts in Old City Hall
    guestBook Guestbook/ RonM/ Aug 27, 2014

    Many stories of ghosts haunting Old City Hall. Perhaps a few criminals met their maker here. Some security guards will not venture into certain areas or floors late at night.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ Anzhelika/ Aug 27, 2014
  • The viewing deck!
    guestBook Guestbook/ Haifa/ Aug 27, 2014

    If you have a chance to go to the viewing deck, do it

  • Old City Hall
    guestBook Guestbook/ heejukim/ Aug 27, 2014

    The old architecture is reminiscent of old Toronto and the style that existed back then. I think it's interesting to see how architecture has developed; in particular, it's cool to see how it's developed between old and new city hall, and perhaps how those developments can also reflect developments in society and government.

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Old City Hall (Toronto)

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NEWS FEED
  • Old City Hall
    guestBook Guestbook/ GeoGal1/ Jun 18, 2017

    So glad that this building was preserved. One of my favourite stories is that the architect EJ Lennox was annoyed that he was not able to include his name anywhere other than the corner stone,. Not to be outdone, you can find the letters of his name "woven" into the corbels just under the roof.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ GeoGal1/ Jun 18, 2017
  • old city hall
    guestBook Guestbook/ janetagy/ Aug 28, 2014 old city hall

    Toronto's 3rd city hall

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ janetagy/ Aug 28, 2014
  • Old City Hall
    guestBook Guestbook/ Margaret Wong/ Aug 27, 2014

    Love the architecture. Quite gothic style!

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ Margaret Wong/ Aug 27, 2014
  • Ghosts in Old City Hall
    guestBook Guestbook/ RonM/ Aug 27, 2014

    Many stories of ghosts haunting Old City Hall. Perhaps a few criminals met their maker here. Some security guards will not venture into certain areas or floors late at night.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ Anzhelika/ Aug 27, 2014
  • The viewing deck!
    guestBook Guestbook/ Haifa/ Aug 27, 2014

    If you have a chance to go to the viewing deck, do it

  • Old City Hall
    guestBook Guestbook/ heejukim/ Aug 27, 2014

    The old architecture is reminiscent of old Toronto and the style that existed back then. I think it's interesting to see how architecture has developed; in particular, it's cool to see how it's developed between old and new city hall, and perhaps how those developments can also reflect developments in society and government.

Toronto's Old City Hall was home to its city council from 1899 to 1966 and remains one of the city's most prominent structures. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984. Toronto's Old City Hall was one of the largest buildings in Toronto and the largest civic building in North America upon completion in 1899. It was the burgeoning city's third city hall. It housed Toronto's municipal government and courts for York County and Toronto.

Old City Hall, a showplace of history and exquisite craftsmanship, celebrated its centennial birthday in September 1999. During a week of festivities which included public tours, musical performances and the unveiling of a new time capsule, residents and visitors alike gained a new appreciation for this important city landmark.

Courtroom 33 is said to be haunted by the last two men sentenced to hang in Canada: Robert Turpin and Arthur Lucas. They were tried for separate crimes but had the same lawyer, Ross MacKay, who believed both men to be innocent. There have been reports of judges’ robes mysteriously being pulled, footsteps heard walking down deserted hallways, and moans from empty holding cells in the basement. These same two men are also rumoured to be haunting the Old Don Jail.

60 Queen St West, Toronto, Ontario
http://www.toronto.ca/old_cityhall/
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Photo: Date 13 May 2009, 16:27 Source Old City Hall Uploaded by Skeezix1000 Author Richard Kang from Canada