Osgoode Hall

Osgoode Hall
Osgoode Hall (photo by Bruce Christie 2016)

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.

Osgoode Hall
Osgoode Hall (photo by Bruce Christie 2016)

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.

Gated Fence at Osgoode
Gated Fence at Osgoode to Prohibit Bovines from entering (photo by Bruce Christie 2016)

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.

Osgoode in Spring
Osgoode in Spring (photo by Bruce Christie 2016)

Those that are usually on the grounds are red-clad women and grey pigeons.

Osgoode Hall Interior
Osgoode Hall Interior (photo by Bruce Christie 2016)

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!

Osgoode Floors
Osgoode Floors (photo by Bruce Christie 2016)

The main foyer was crowded by iPhone picture taking suburbanites!

Osgoode Great Hall
Osgoode Great Hall (photo by Bruce Christie 2016)

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.

TTC Queen Streetcar
TTC Queen Streetcar at Queen and University (photo by Bruce Christie 2016)

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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