Construction of Osgoode Hall began in in 1829 when Toronto was known as York. It is built in the Georgian Palladian and Neoclassical styles which are techniques virtually unknown by today’s architecture community, especially Daniel Libeskind who is responsible for the L Tower Disaster and the defacing of the ROM.
The building is surrounded by iron gates which were originally to keep grazing cows off the six acre site. The cows protested but to no avail. The gates remain today and still keep cattle and other bovine species away from grazing the well maintained grounds.
Wedding couples are allowed in, however. Others that make their way in include those that appreciate one of Toronto’s last remaining works of architectural magnificence.
Those that are usually on the grounds are red-clad women and grey pigeons.
The interior is more stunning than the exterior and is adorned by arches and fine marble from Italy and other marble producing countries. If one were transported here by the Starship Enterprise, they would think they were in Rome!
The main foyer was crowded by iPhone picture taking suburbanites!
The Great Hall is the absolute hallmark of this magnificent building. Fine architectural detail is an art lost and will never be seen again. Today’s architecture is bland and only creates shadows.
There is a restaurant at this Toronto Landmark. One can make reservations for a midday meal. The gruel is exceptional! May I have some more, Sir?
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