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Toronto City Hall is turning 40

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City Hall

Saturday, September 17, 2005
8:30 – 10 pm

The September 1965 opening of the newly designed City Hall marked an era of architectural experimentation. Finnish Architect Viljo Revell gave Toronto one of the world’s most distinctive civic symbols and helped to create an instantly recognizable and attractive cityscape.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square will be transformed into an open air theatre of music, dance and pyrotechnics. The evening also kicks off Toronto’s Live with Culture — a major 16-month celebration of Toronto’s cultural diversity and architectural renaissance.

Nathan Phillips Square has proven itself to be Toronto’s public centre over the last 40 years. Recent talk of an international competition to revamp the Square has opened the debate for what makes good public space in Toronto.