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Old City Hall

60 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2M3
Old City Hall

Toroto's Old City Hall.

Photo credit: Photo by Richard Kang (CC BY 2.0) from Wikimedia Commons

The Old City Hall is a Romanesque civic building and court house in Toronto. It was the home of the Toronto City Council from 1899 to 1966 and remains one of the city's most prominent structures. The heritage landmark has a distinctive clock tower that was the tallest structure in Canada for 18 years from 1899 until 1917. The clock room houses three bells, two quarter bells that strike every quarter hour and a hour bell which strikes every hour.

Old City Hall was designed by architect E.J. Lennox in a variation of Romanesque Revival architecture known as Richardsonian Romanesque. Developed by Henry Hobson Richardson, this variation highlights bulk and massiveness as well as different sculptural features. The Romanesque style originated in Europe during the 11th and 12th centuries and had characteristics such as square towers, asymmetrical massing, stone carvings, round arches, and heavy stonework. During the mid-1800s, this style was revitalized in Western architecture

The building is leased by the provincial government and is used as a court house for the Ontario Court of Justice.

The building is sometimes used to film movies and television shows, such as This is Wonderland, Flashpoint, Street Legal, Covert Affairs, and Dirty Pictures. Interiors of the space can be seen in the trial scenes near the end of the 1999 film The Boondock Saints.

This description includes material adapted from the Wikipedia article "Old City Hall (Toronto)", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0. It has been edited for brevity and to conform with the style of this website. The edited description is distributed under the terms of the same Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0 license.

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