A Fourth City Hall, And a Thwarted Demolition
Toronto was bustling with industry in the 1960s and saw plenty of building and expansion. One of Toronto’s top attractions, the Toronto Eaton Centre, was in the planning stages at the time. After the city’s fourth City Hall (referred to as “New City Hall”) opened in 1965 across the street, “Old City Hall” was threatened with demolition to make way for the massive shopping complex.
Many citizens were outraged and community activists banded together to create a group called “Friends of Old City Hall.” This group was passionate about preserving this beautiful landmark and heatedly lobbied politicians to preserve Old City Hall. Their protests were heard loud and clear and the building did not face the wrecking ball. Old City Hall was declared a National Historic Site in 1989.