Scarborough’s Civic Centre opened with a Royal visit and considerable fanfare on June 29, 1973. This modern facility was built to house the municipal offices of the Borough of Scarborough and the offices of the Scarborough Board of Education. This exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of one of Scarborough’s, and Toronto’s, most iconic structures.

Image depicts exterior of Scarborough Civic Centre
Scarborough Civic Centre exterior looking north
May 19, 2004
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 219, Series 2311, File 1819, Item 12


The civic centre was the centrepiece of an integrated complex that also featured an outdoor public square, a shopping centre, and surrounding greenspace. Over the next decade, other office buildings, a rapid transit station, and housing were also added.

When this new heart of Scarborough began to beat it was widely hailed as an urban planning success, providing a geographically dispersed and culturally diverse municipality with a convenient place to gather, celebrate, receive services, and shop.

Scarborough Before the Civic Centre

A brief history of Scarborough.

Mayor Campbell's Vision - Scarborough Needs a Civic Centre

Albert Campbell's vision to build a downtown centre for Scarborough.

Scarborough Builds a Civic Centre

The design and construction of Scarborough Civic Centre.

The Civic Centre Opens

Scarborough Civic Centre's grand opening.

A Civic Centre for the Space Age

The enduring legacy of Scarborough Civic Centre.