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Every city has some real architectural gems that don't show in the skyline and people outside just simply were not aware of. I'm seeing some right now.
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Gatineau's city hall is the former city hall of the City of Hull, named the Maison du Citoyen. It's just down the street from the Canadian Museum of History.

It's pretty banal on the outside but the heart of the building has a pretty nice agora:




https://www.gatineau.ca/docs/guichet...n/photos/3.jpg
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Edmonton’s City Hall reminds me of the Louvre .
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Gatineau's city hall is the former city hall of the City of Hull, named the Maison du Citoyen. It's just down the street from the Canadian Museum of History.

It's pretty banal on the outside but the heart of the building has a pretty nice agora:




https://www.gatineau.ca/docs/guichet...n/photos/3.jpg
Gatineau also has Place Du Portage.
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Gatineau also has Place Du Portage.
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Gérard-D.-Lévesque building in Quebec City. Built in 1887, it used to house the City's courthouse but it now houses the province's Finance Ministry. It will be closed in january 2020 to undergo extensive renovations.
























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Alberta Government Telephones H.Q.
If we’re including government utilities I’d be remiss in not mentioning Edmonton’s Alberta Government Telephones building. While it is unfortunately largely derided as an eyesore, especially in its context on the Legislature Grounds — even being referred to as the “green monster” on its own inauguration day by Co-operative Commonwealth Federation leader Elmer E. Roper — it is among Alberta’s most important pieces of built heritage. Designed by modernist firm Rule, Wynn & Rule, it makes use of green Alko plate glass paneling, concrete pilings — a then revolutionary idea for Alberta — and it was the first tower in Edmonton, and among the very first in all of North America, to make use of modern curtain wall construction. Sadly, it is long past its useful life, and the prospects of any restoration seem extremely thin.



'New' Alberta Government Telephones H.Q.
The company would move out in 1971 with the completion of this new tower. The great example of late Modernism — also designed by Rule, Wynn & Rule, then known as Rule, Wynn, Forbes, Lord & Partners — would be owned by A.G.T. until their privatization in 1991; is now owned by their successor, Telus.



Bowker Building
One of Edmonton’s other great governmental gems is the Bowker Building. Designed by University of Alberta Architecture Professor Cecil Burgess and built in 1931, it was originally known as the Administration Building, and was meant to alleviate the overcrowdedness of the Legislative Building. Some of its neat details include two carved bison heads flanking its main entrance, and the head of a First Nation’s chief, complete with ceremonial headdress, below its pediment.


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Nothing is sacred in Vancouver.

I really like the BC Legislative Buildings in Victoria but I think they ruined them but lighting them up at dark.............looks like a department store.
Not sure what department store you've been too that looks like that?

It's truly spectacular when they come on at night, adds a whole new vibe. Sure they could do flood lighting as is common around the world, but the more unusual lighting outline is part of the history of this building from the start, over 120 years ago.

From Historical Places.ca:

"Furthermore, it is interesting to note that the silhouette of the Legislature was illuminated with electric lighting in 1897 for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, one year before the building was completed, and has continued to be illuminated at night ever since."

Back in the early years it seems it was illuminated for special occasions, but every single night since at least the 1960's from what I can tell.

Here it is in September 1911 illuminated for the visit of Governor General the Duke of Connaught and the Duchess of Connaught (BC Archives)



A year earlier the lights were on to welcome Sir Wilfred Laurier in August 1910 (BC Archives):



Image from 1898, nearing completion, with the original 'Birdcages' legislative buildings in the foreground (BC Archives):



More recent shots, this one from C M on Flickr:

DSC_1336 by C M, on Flickr

A couple of different angles by Rob Raymond, on Flickr
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Not sure what department store you've been too that looks like that?
Ah... Harrods?
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The original comment was that it looked like a department store, not that it looked like the world famous Harrods. Even then, Harrods looks like a department store (and it's beautiful), the BC Parliament buildings do not even remotely look like a department store, even with lights on. The only thing I've heard tourists confuse it with is thinking it's the Empress Hotel, which makes me wonder what they think the Empress Hotel is, lol. Maybe a department store!
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A lot of small towns in the southern BC interior have cute city halls and other such buildings in their core.

Here is the city hall for Grand Forks:

Grand Forks City Hall by Ian, on Flickr

Kaslo Old City Hall:

Kaslo City Hall by Ian, on Flickr

Nelson Courthouse:

Nelson Courthouse by Ian, on Flickr
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The original comment was that it looked like a department store, not that it looked like the world famous Harrods. Even then, Harrods looks like a department store (and it's beautiful), the BC Parliament buildings do not even remotely look like a department store, even with lights on. The only thing I've heard tourists confuse it with is thinking it's the Empress Hotel, which makes me wonder what they think the Empress Hotel is, lol. Maybe a department store!
I was only replying your seeming inability to think of a department store that's lit up like that when the arguably most famous one of all time is lit similarly. But I agree that Harrods doesn't look like a typical department store.
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Oshawa Courthouse
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Ah... Harrods?
Visions of Mr Bean dancing in my head!
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Oshawa Courthouse
Holy crap. That thing is huge.
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The scale of the Oshawa courthouse is impressive.

Winnipeg's courts complex is a weird hodgepodge where you have the nice old early 20th century building (with all of its grand entrances sealed off) attached to a terrible early 1980s bunker. It looks like something you might expect to see in Thompson, it doesn't really convey the grandeur you might expect the home of Manitoba's Court of Appeal and the nerve centre of Manitoba's Court of Queen's Bench and Provincial Court to have.

The grand old part:



The stately entrance you can't use, along with abominable 70s skywalk:



The bunker part that you actually enter through:

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Hamilton's Courthouse used to be a Canada Post office.


http://www.alinkarch.ca/projects_inn...n-sopinka.html

Inside is a hidden treasure that has been blocked off for public viewing since the Canada Post office closed in 1991.

The former lobby of the Canada Post office.

https://www.ontario-travel-secrets.c...e.html#gallery[pageGallery]/0/


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^ Wow. Ontario's courthouses are really something else.
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