Thursday, 18 June 2009

Osgoode Hall

I was in Toronto this week, doing some sightseeing... yep, I had a Let's Be a Tourist Day.

Osgoode Hall stands at the northeast corner of Queen Street West and University Avenue in Toronto. It's home to the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Justice and is the headquarters of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The Law Society acquired six acres of land here in 1828, and the original two and a half storey building was started in 1829 and finished in 1832, with expansion in the 1840s, 1850s and 1880s.

Almost 200 years ago, this area was farmland and fields created from bushland and forest.

The property is surrounded by an intricate cast iron fence built in 1868, supposedly to keep the neighbourhood cows out. No cows anywhere near now, as this is as definitely considered downtown.

9 comments:

Hilary said...

Very cool iron work, eh? I have to get into Toronto again and see it through the camera lens. It's been too long. Thanks for this invite. :)

rosemary said...

It looks peaceful inside that beautiful gate.

Wendy said...

Cows? Hahaha - that's a laugh. I do love that intricate ironwork. Looks like something out of a novel! You must have had a good visit.

Xtreme English said...

lovely! what do they call Toronto..."Toronto the Good"? I forget. It's a great place, and I absolutely fell in love with it the first time I visited there.

Sheila said...

It is an oasis of calm in the middle of the city isn't it.
Maybe the fence kept hogs out, after all Toronto was called Hogtown for many years...lol
;o)

Craver Vii said...

That fence is a beauty!

Hyde DP said...

i love the ironwork too

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It looks like a BEAUTIFUL Place....I love seeing a Fence like that with all sorts of things groewing around it and behind it....A lot of History here....!

Changes in the wind said...

This is awesome!