At just a 6-minute walk from Pantages Hotel, Toronto Old City Hall is a spectacular example of Toronto’s beautiful architecture and history.
A registered national historic site, the building features Richardsonian Romanesque-style construction, which took 11 years (starting in 1889!) to complete. When it was completed, it was the largest civic building in North America – and yes, it’s totally haunted.
The building is meticulously levelled with hand-carved sandstone, sourced primarily from New Brunswick and Ontario’s Credit Valley. As the primary building material, the artfully installed sandstone was used to reflect the city’s prosperity and rapid urbanization.
While the building has undergone several restorations, much of its interior remains original, including carved wood, plaster, different showcases of marble, columns – even the doorknobs! You will also find original murals painted by legendary Canadian artist, George Agnew Reid.
For just $6, you can take an Old Town Toronto History tour, which starts at the Old City Hall and winds its way to the iconic St. Lawrence Market, and click here to take a peek inside the 340-foot clocktower!