Grand Designs: Toronto's City Halls
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A Grand Design: the Toronto City Hall Design Competition
Modernist architectural drawings & models submitted from forty-two countries.
The municipal governments of the past sat in a few locations around Toronto's downtown. What we call "Old City Hall" is actually our third City Hall.
When Toronto was incorporated as a city in 1834, the early City Council met in rented facilities at the southwest corner of King and Jarvis.
Edward James Lennox designed the impressive Old City Hall that acted as a City Hall and Court House. It opened September 18, 1899.
Post-war Toronto was booming in the 1950's and outgrowing its third City Hall. People were looking for change - something new, something different, something distinctive. The idea for a City Hall Design Competition was brewing.
Viljo Revell's unique and striking design for Toronto's "New City Hall" was chosen in an international competition held in 1958 that attracted over 500 entrants from 42 countries, and put Toronto at the centre of a major discussion of Modernist architecture.
And this September we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the "New City Hall".
The Toronto Reference Library is marking the occasion with the launch of a new website (coming soon) with images of the models and plans from the 1958 competition, co-sponsoring a series of lectures in City Hall Council Chambers, participating in a special day of festivities at City Hall on Sunday, September 13th and publishing a series of blogs to honour the anniversary.
Come to the Reference Library's Toronto Collection on the second floor for more on Toronto Architecture and Toronto's City Halls.