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Old Posted Feb 23, 2015, 5:48 PM
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Montreal's is actually very close to being a dead ringer for the city hall in Tours, France.
I just had to check that, they do look extremely similar. Both stunners.
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She is a beaut. Excellent example of mid-century modern / international style architecture. I thought there was talks about tearing it down to build a new one maybe 10 years ago? The school board building across the street was also an interesting piece of architecture.. but it's toast now. Too bad.
There was, they chose to renovate the building instead. I believe it was built in a way that it can be expanded upon with a taller tower if the need ever arises one day. Even with the building's current size and post renovation condition, there are municipal offices spread out all over downtown in various different buildings, including the recently renovated Lister Block building (across from the site of the original city hall). I'd imagine that a major expansion or an entirely new building will be needed within the next 20 years.
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2015, 6:53 PM
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I was at a friend of an acquaintances art gallery in Hamilton a few years ago where they had some of the original stone cladding from the City Hall. Not sure if it was obtained legally or during the night at some point during the renos…

I would say overall my favourite city halls in Canada are Toronto and Hamilton. Not sure why but I love the modernist take on civic structures. The old city halls are nice for sure, but they don't really stand out above and beyond other buildings of the era. Montreal's is nice for sure though.
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I definitely think we're at a turning point where people are starting to appreciate modernist architecture a lot more than say, 10 or 15 years ago. In fact, it seems to be that perfect point where there is clarity about what is exceptional and what is rubbish.

It seems that when buildings are still relatively young, there is a tendency to see the entire vernacular as out-dated and terrible. Eventually we are far enough removed for it to no longer seem out-of-touch and are able to appreciate the architecture more for what it is while still recognizing poor examples of the form. Finally, the building may get old enough that our fetishization of old things takes over and we are no longer able to recognize its architectural merits due to the dazzle of limestone capitols and copper roofs. I wonder if anyone studies this.
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I find Canada's modernist/brutalist architecture very low quality for the most part, which may be why Canadians hate it so much. I used to think of myself as an unqualified hater of all of them, then I started finding ones I like. The only two in Canada, though, that I can say I like, are Habitat 67 and Toronto City Hall.
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2015, 7:52 PM
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I find Canada's modernist/brutalist architecture very low quality for the most part, which may be why Canadians hate it so much. I used to think of myself as an unqualified hater of all of them, then I started finding ones I like. The only two in Canada, though, that I can say I like, are Habitat 67 and Toronto City Hall.
Oh geez, there is a lot more than that, especially on the International Style (what I'd imagine most people typically think of as midcentury modernist) front. A lot of nice examples here: http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show....php?p=6613698

That said, I don't think that Canada is a hotbed for brutalist architecture... there are many such buildings across the country but relatively few outstanding examples.
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[QUOTE=davidivivid;6925243]This used to be the City Hall of Ste-Foy. It was built in 1996 only to lose its city hall status when the city, along with 12 other municipalities, fusionned with Quebec city back in 2002.



Ancien Hôtel de Ville de Ste-Foy par davidivivid, sur Flickr

That's actually not a bad looking building. What is it used for now?
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For pre-cast, I love Regina's city hall. The crown on top lit up at night is really the icing for it and for me it just has such a good comic book vibe to it. For me it sums up the adage that while materials might matter, how you use a material is even more important.
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Here's mine from Surrey, BC. We just opened this new building last year. It includes a public plaza and is located next to a new Central Library and the Surrey Central SkyTrain station. The building was designed as a public investment to anchor the core of a planned downtown in the northwest sector of the city.

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2014-08-05-0001 by ClaudeFiset, on Flickr

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Surrey City Centre Library, City Hall and City Hall Plaza | Surrey, BC, Canada by qasic, on Flickr

This building replaces the old suburban-style office complex from the 60's:

Surrey City Hall (2009) by fboudville, on Flickr

And here's our original City Hall from 1912, now the City's Archives:

Municipal Hall - 1912 by Bob_2006, on Flickr
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Wow, nicely done Surrey. I'm impressed. The 1960s model was very nice too!
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I find Canada's modernist/brutalist architecture very low quality for the most part, which may be why Canadians hate it so much. I used to think of myself as an unqualified hater of all of them, then I started finding ones I like. The only two in Canada, though, that I can say I like, are Habitat 67 and Toronto City Hall.
You and I clearly think alike on this issue. My two noteworthy Canadian exceptions to my general dislike of Brutalism, are Habitat 67 and Toronto City Hall.
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I Can't stand the Toronto city hall. In my view, Toronto's got the best old/former city hall (nicer and more grandiose than Montreal's) and the ugliest modern one. I know I whine about this in every city hall thread we have, but I'll never understand how montreal, the metropolis of the nation never took it upon itself to build a grand city hall like Toronto did. Even Vancouver's is bolder and bigger.


Anyway, here is the Montreal City Hall annex, built in 1906 or something. It's now used as the municipal court.
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I'm not a fan of TO City Hall, but I can objectively see that it's pretty cool so I like that aspect of it.

I also like Habitat 67.

But hate most in that style...
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Some City Halls near me...

Burlington City Hall:

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Brantford City Hall:

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St. Catharines City Hall:

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Welland City Hall:

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Niagara Falls City Hall:

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Former Stoney Creek City Hall:
- As soon as it opened, Stoney Creek lost its city status and became a part of Hamilton in 2001 so Stoney Creek City Hall was turned into a Hamilton Public Library branch.

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Hamilton was already posted, but here are a couple more good pictures...

Hamilton City Hall by BryanHerechuk, on Flickr


Hamilton City Hall by A. Wee, on Flickr
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Are there any other cities out there that use the city hall as there logo? Toronto's has become iconic in that way for sure. It's one of the few things anyone in the city recognizes.


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For pre-cast, I love Regina's city hall. The crown on top lit up at night is really the icing for it and for me it just has such a good comic book vibe to it. For me it sums up the adage that while materials might matter, how you use a material is even more important.
Regina's may be a few "High rise" city halls. I know of TO and Burlington, ON to a lesser degree. Any other high rise city halls in Canada?

paradigm4- Surrey City Hall is quite nice!
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I love Surrey's new City Hall and Library. Absolutely outstanding, and a great anchor for the Surrey City Centre plans.

Kitchener's City Hall is also great for incorporating an inviting and useable public space.
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I agree about Surrey's new City Hall. It is great and is possibly the best modern City Hall in the country.
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