Toronto City Hall - Virtual Tour
|Toronto City Hall - Tour
Visitors entering City Hall from Nathan Phillips Square walk directly into a large and distinctive rotunda.
The floor is made of Carrara marble imported from Italy, cut in Canada and laid by hand. The ceiling consists of aluminum strips that can be snapped out of position to give maintenance staff access to wiring and other equipment. In the middle of the rotunda, a massive, reinforced concrete column, measuring six metres across, one metre thick, and goes down 16 metres into the bedrock beneath the building's foundation, supports the 4000 tonne Council Chamber above. The core of the column is actually hollow. It contains electrical cables, plumbing, and heating and air-conditioning equipment to service the Council Chamber on the photo below.
Rotunda is in the middle part of the building beyond the Access Toronto information counter. There you will see a massive, rounded structure that rises from a circular column set below floor level. The broad stairs in blue carpeting are part of a structure called the Hall of Memory.
The Hall of Memory: This feature of City Hall, while not an official war memorial, contains commemorative items related to war. For example, you can see the "Golden Book of Remembrance", which is inscribed with the names of 3,500 former Toronto residents who died during World War II.Access Toronto is the public information general inquiry service for the City of Toronto. We provide a wide variety of services to help you get information about Toronto's municipal government.
by phone: 416-338-0338
by fax: 416-338-0685
by TTY: 416-338-OTTY (0889)An easy-to-remember number to reach the City of Toronto. Staff at the Access Toronto Call Centre will do their best to make sure you get the information you need. The Call Centre is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday except for the following holidays. Service is available in person at City Hall and the civic centres from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A scale model of the area of Toronto bordered by Dufferin Street to the west, Bloor to the north, the Don River valley and west edge of Riverdale to the east, and Lake Ontario to the south is on view on the west side of rotunda near the front door.
The scale model has been designed in such a way that visitors can readily pick out historical buildings and key landmarks. They can also see where future development is planned.
View of Council Chamber from the inside and and towers from the outside: Facing City Hall, you can see the rounded structure that houses the Council Chamber, with the curved towers rising on each side. The tower on the left (west) is 20 floors tall. The east tower is higher, containing 27 floors. In all, there are 8,700 square metres of plate glass in City Hall. If you can imagine flying overhead in a plane or helicopter, you would notice that the building looks like an eye between two eyelids. How appropriate for the focal point of the city!