Much-maligned City Hall was Toronto's bold leap of faith into architectural modernity. Its twin clamshell towers, central 'flying...
Old City Hall
Across Bay St from the current City Hall is the 1899 definitive work of Toronto architect EJ Lennox. Now housing legal courtrooms, the...
Textile Museum of Canada
Obscurely located at the bottom of a condo tower, this museum has exhibits drawing on a permanent collection of 10,000 items from Latin...
Canadian Opera Company
Canada's national opera company has been warbling its pipes for over 50 years. Tickets sell out fast; the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre...
Eat Fresh Be Healthy
Truly a case of 'don't judge a book by its cover,' the exterior of this wonderful restaurant on a rather drab strip of Dundas St is easy...
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City Hall information
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.