Note: February 15, 2019: Old City Hall Clock . After the regular monthly inspection, an issue was detected with the hourly chime on the clock. The hourly chime has been disabled for the foreseeable future. The quarter hour chime, :15, :30 and :45 will continue to function.

Old City Hall is owned by The City of Toronto and is maintained and operated by the City's Facilities Management division.

Old City Hall today is the courthouse for the Ontario Government, Ontario Court of Justice - criminal courts, also known as the Toronto courthouse.

Contacts and information about this court can be found on the Ministry of the Attorney General website at: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/Court_Addresses/default.asp

Accessibility
Old City Hall is wheelchair accessible, Monday to Friday at the dedicated entry point, north entrance off Albert Street (at the corner of Albert & Bay Street). On weekends and holidays the James Street entrance on the east side has a ramp leading to the doors.

Public hours
The building is open from 8:00 a.m to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

History:

  • Old City Hall officially opened on Sept. 18, 1899

  • The City began restoring Old City Hall in October, 2001. Deteriorating stone was repaired, the entire copper roof was replaced, and gargoyles were re-introduced to the clock tower. Further restoration work is scheduled for various levels around the windows and the interior.
    In 2005 restoration of the front and back was started and then work on the ventilation system and reinforcement of the clock tower is scheduled.

  • The bells in the clock tower of Old City Hall first pealed on Dec. 31, 1900 at midnight to ring in the New Year January 1st, 1901, marking the turn of the century.

    The quarter chime train strikes once on each of the small bells at 1/4 past the hour, twice for the 1/2 hour, 3 times for the 1/4 to the hour and 4 times for the hour. The hour train then strikes the number of hours.

    Because the small bells chime first, the hour train starts slightly after the exact time.

    Preservation Services considered all aspects of the clock to be a heritage issue. The bells have been ringing for the better part of a hundred years and continue to be a major tourist attraction for the City of Toronto.

  • Old City Hall art work


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