City Hall

sights / Architecture

City Hall information

Location
Toronto , Canada
Address
100 Queen St W
Telephone
311
Telephone 2
+1 416 392 2489
Getting there
Subway: Queen
More information
www.toronto.ca
Opening hours
8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri
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Much-maligned City Hall was Toronto's bold leap of faith into architectural modernity. Its twin clamshell towers, central 'flying saucer,' ramps and mosaics were completed in 1965 to Finnish architect Viljo Revell's award-winning design. An irritable Frank Lloyd Wright compared it to a gravestone, Revell died before construction was finished. Collect a self-guided tour pamphlet at the info desk.

Out front is Nathan Phillips Square (though most just call it City Hall too), a magnet for skaters, demonstrators, fast-food trucks, and tourists taking selfies with the lit-up 'Toronto' letters day and night. In summer check out for the Fresh Wednesdays farmers market, free concerts, special events and office workers on their lunch breaks, up the ramp on the green roof. Look for a tourist information pop-up on the corner of Bay and Queen. The fountain pool becomes a fun-filled ice-skating rink in winter.