Civic Symbol: Creating Toronto's New City Hall, 1952-1966

By Christopher Armstrong
Foreword by John Sewell

© 2015

When Toronto’s New City Hall opened in 1965, it was an iconic modernist symbol for what was still a sedate and conservative city. Its futuristic design by Finnish architect Viljo Revell, composed of two curved towers flanking a clam-shaped council chamber, remains as strange and distinctive today as it did fifty years ago.

In Civic Symbol, Christopher Armstrong chronicles the complex and controversial development of this urban landmark from the initial international competition to the many debates that surrounded its construction and furnishing. Armstrong catalogs the many twists and turns along the path from idea to reality for the extraordinary building that Frank Lloyd Wright claimed future generations would say “marks the spot where Toronto fell.” Lavishly illustrated with contemporary photographs, plans, and drawings, Civic Symbol is the essential history of this iconic Canadian building.

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  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Illustrations: 88
  • Dimensions: 9.3in x 0.8in x 10.3in
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Lavishly illustrated with contemporary photographs, plans, and drawings, Civic Symbol is the essential history of this iconic Canadian building.

Civic Symbol: Creating Toronto's New City Hall, 1952-1966

By Christopher Armstrong
Foreword by John Sewell

© 2015

When Toronto’s New City Hall opened in 1965, it was an iconic modernist symbol for what was still a sedate and conservative city. Its futuristic design by Finnish architect Viljo Revell, composed of two curved towers flanking a clam-shaped council chamber, remains as strange and distinctive today as it did fifty years ago.

In Civic Symbol, Christopher Armstrong chronicles the complex and controversial development of this urban landmark from the initial international competition to the many debates that surrounded its construction and furnishing. Armstrong catalogs the many twists and turns along the path from idea to reality for the extraordinary building that Frank Lloyd Wright claimed future generations would say “marks the spot where Toronto fell.” Lavishly illustrated with contemporary photographs, plans, and drawings, Civic Symbol is the essential history of this iconic Canadian building.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Illustrations: 88
  • Dimensions: 9.3in x 0.8in x 10.3in
  • Reviews

    “In Civic Symbol, the story of New City Hall's creation gets the book-length treatment it merits. Filled with fascinating stories and photographs, and based on exhaustive research, Civic Symbol is an important book about an important building.”


    Mark Osbaldeston, author of 'Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City That Might Have Been'
  • Author Information

    Christopher Armstrong is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at York University and the author or co-author of ten books.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Chapter 1: Beginnings

    Chapter 2: Competition

    Chapter 3: Winner

    Chapter 4: Construction

    Chapter 5: Furnishings

    Chapter 6: Opening

    Chapter 7: Coda

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