Lonely Planet review for Osgoode Hall
Built in phases through the Victorian era, this august classic (named after Ontario's first Chief Justice) became a showcase for elite colonials, many of whom were lawyers. Inside a grand staircase rises from a gorgeous tiled atrium to the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Great Library, with miles of books, twisting stairways and 12m-high vaulted ceilings. The peculiar wrought-iron 'cow gates' out front were put up to keep out wandering bovines, a common problem in the 1860s. Free tours are conducted by law students.