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New City Hall

Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
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Address: 100 Queen St. W. | (at Bay St.), Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N1, Canada
Phone Number: 416-392-9111
Activities: Ice skating
Description: Designed by a famous Finnish architect, this modern building is home to...
Designed by a famous Finnish architect, this modern building is home to the Toronto City Council.
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Modernist icon

When it was completed 50 years ago, the new City Hall designed by Viljo Revell had the force of novelty. Today it is a familiar Toronto presence, an icon of modernist... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

When it was completed 50 years ago, the new City Hall designed by Viljo Revell had the force of novelty. Today it is a familiar Toronto presence, an icon of modernist architecture. It is difficult to remember that it was once controversial, Together with Nathan Phillips Square it constitutes a splendid public space, well worth a visit.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The new City Hall in Toronto is within a visual distance of the old City Hall, two completely different in architecture and design. The new has a full modern look, while the older one, now used as judicial courts and administration, has a lot of beautiful stone work and carvings on its facade. The new is plain solid cement work,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Ageing quite badly, this building is certainly not as attractive as the old city hall. A few minutes is sufficient to click a few pics and then keep on walking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The buildings look cool; what a contrast with the classic looking old city hall next door. I do not like the color of the building but still looks futuristic. There is a plaza right outside. I think the plaza needs more green spaces and benches. Food stands on the street selling hot dogs and fries.Eaton Centre is on next block.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

You can see the best and the not-best of Toronto in one visit to this square and building. It works by the rule of 10 set out by the Project for Public Places -- you need 10 reasons to visit a place for it to be lively -- to eat in the decent but mediocre cafe, to play checkers at... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I guess it's not surprising that the new City Hall building was controversial at the time it was built (1965). But it's a very unique structure and I found it pretty cool. It's even been seen in science fiction movies as a space age structure. I gather Torontoians embraced the building in the years after it was built. There's a... More 

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South Beach, Miami Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Some ten years ago, we had visited Nathan Phillips Square just walking about, but on this visit the importance of the New(1965) City Hall building by Viljo Revell struck us with force. Perhaps because we had just been introduced to the nearby Old City Hall (1889-1899) or perhaps because the intervening ten years had brought us to a greater appreciation... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Our hotel room overlooked this building and its broad plaza and it seemed there was always something going on in the plaza - a festival, a movie shoot, etc. The Toronto Jazz Festival and much more is centered here. When we walked over to visit, we discovered a marvelous piece of architecture - two high rise buildings that curve gently... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Together with Nathan Phillips Square the City Hall building makes the entire square yo me most appealing. I have visited the place many times most noticeably for the musical events like the Toronto Jazz festivals and related activities that bring me to Harbor Front for other events. My first impression of the city hall was that it is a busy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Toronto's New City Hall, built in 1965, defines the modern megacity, as the Old City Hall across the street symbolizes the older city. Nathan Phillips Square, which leads to City Hall is a civic gathering place. The building includes a library and restaurant. One can pay bills and vote here. In other words, our city hall is more than just... More 

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