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Address: 60 Queen St. W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M3, Canada
Phone Number: 416 338 0338
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Description: Castle-like building, built in 1899 in the Romanesque Revival style...
Castle-like building, built in 1899 in the Romanesque Revival style, features a clock tower, "Friends of Old City Hall" exhibit and a War Memorial.
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It's nice that the old and new city halls are so nearby each other. Each adds a nice perspective to the other. I'll have to say that I prefer the play of light on the materials... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

It's nice that the old and new city halls are so nearby each other. Each adds a nice perspective to the other. I'll have to say that I prefer the play of light on the materials, textures, and shapes of this Old City Hall, more than on the new one (though the sense of space of the New City Hall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Get downtown, the city is alive. Take a photo with the Toronto sign and listen to great music. While your down there, check out a Summerlicious restaurant, go shopping at the Eaton Centre, check out the French section at Dundas Sq, or just go people look. It's a great time! People are friendly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We stopped by the Old City Hall for a 20 minutes "photography" session as part of our full-day Toronto tour before heading to the Chinatown (please refer to my review of this place posted earlier here), that was not too far from here for our dinner. The old city hall is nice, modern and yet filled with some nostalgic feeling... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

I passed this a few times on my visit and every time I couldn't help but stop and admire it. In winter there's ice skating nearby. And they had a Henry Moore sculpture near the building. It's downtown so definitely seek it out as there's enough to bring you there anyway!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

You must go if you like shooting historic building! Started from 1889, and finished in 1899 for 10 years. The old building had been used as city hall from 1899 until 1966, nearly 70 years. The 3rd City Hall in Toronto.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

On one of our walking tours we were told that the town fathers had considered knocking down the Old City Hall except for the bell tower. The exterior of the building is ornately decorated stone work that contrasts wonderfully with the glass and steel of its neighbors- and New City Hall. It is a square courtyard building with a vaulted... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

In July they have an are exhibit here, It's really great. It's outdoors and there are many unique art choices on display. It's true they're not cheap but it's great to browse. I try to hit this spot every year!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Half a century ago, concerned citizens of Toronto rallied to save the Old City Hall, deemed by some to be superfluous when the new, Revell-designed City Hall opened. The campaign succeeded and for many years now Old City Hall has functioned as a court house. Designed by well-known Toronto architect E.J. Lennox, it is a fine example of the style... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The building seen from the outside is simply magnificent. As regards the inside, I found excessive that we cross people in the detector of metal and that in more we forbid people to photograph. In brief, a useless bend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We did not get a chance to go inside but it is an awesome sight from outside. The towers and doors are magnificent.

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