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Scarborough Civic Centre
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When was the City of Scarborough amalgamated into the City of Toronto?
Scarborough Civic Centre
Jun 27, 2017
My career in teaching began here 40 years ago when I came to this building for the first time to sign my first teaching contract. Since then I have made hundreds of visits to this building as the Board of Education offices were here. It has a great rotunda which is often used for public meetings or shows....I have even been to a blood donor clinic here.
Beauty in details
Feb 3, 2015
I am an immigrant, who is now proud to call herself a Canadian citizen. What I love most about Canada is not the big things like free health care, a good education system although these things are wonderful and a blessing on their own. But what really made me fall in love with Canada and identify with it are the little things Canada may or may not be known for; the shinnying kindness in every walking face, the clean streets that light up at night, even the cold winters that make you feel alive and dead simultaneously. I identify myself with these things and this image showcases everything Canada is to me; beautiful and magnificent even in the background.
The Scarborough Civic Centre officially opened in 1973. Designed by Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama, this building features two large triangular shaped towers, which surround a large open space inside. The Scarborough Civic Centre is a Modernist geometric masterpiece.
The many trees that surround the building create a park-like atmosphere. Civic Centre and its surrounding area such as Albert Campbell Square is also a home to many public art sculptures. It is a lovely spot to sit and have lunch in the summer or go skating on the outdoor rink in the winter. Landscaped gardens and greenery surrounds the square, making it a restful spot to visit. It also has a performance stage for special events.
The building was originally used as a municipal office and office space for the Scarborough Board of Education in 1973. From 1983 to 1997, the building was City Hall for the City of Scarborough. In 1998, Scarborough was amalgamated into the City of Toronto. Today, Scarborough Civic Centre holds municipal offices for the City of Toronto’s Eastern district, offices for the Toronto District School Board, and also home to the Scarborough Community Council.
Photo: Jacky Li