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Queen & Bay streets -- The Toronto City Hall

Besides the CN Tower, the Toronto City Hall is perhaps the most interesting architecture in Toronto. It was built on a design by Finish architect Viljo Revell, who submitted his design to the world wide competition held by the city of Toronto for the new city hall. The building was officially opened on September 13, 1965. It was unfortunate that Mr. Revell did not see the new city hall, as he died before the city hall was completed. The city of Toronto dedicated a commemorative column to his memory for his unique and creative design.

The new city hall consists of two unequal curved towers half surrounding a UFO like dome. The dome is home to the city council that can accommodate about 300 people. In front of the city hall is the Nathan Philip Square, named after the then mayor of Toronto.

On a personal note, my wife and I walked into this very building in 1996, and obtained our marriage certificate. We were married there on the same year.

Incidentally, this is the fourth city hall for Toronto. Full information on the various city halls can be found here:

For more information, please visit the city of Toronto web site:

This image was printed on the Summar issue of Speaking of Impact magazine.

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Guest 27-Nov-2006 23:27
Beautiful shot ! Great work !
Yu-Lin Chan01-Jun-2006 11:26
I have nothing but praise for this lens. It broke my heart when I traded it for a 35mm F1.4L. I will probably buy another one later on.

This lens is amazingly sharp on 1.6x cameras, but it could be a little soft at the corners on full frame cameras. The best thing to do is to rent one for a few days at Vistek and see for yourself, or buy one from Henry's. Henry's has a 14 day return if you are not satisfied and return is easy. Returning anything at Vistek is a pain at the rear.

If you want ultimate sharpness, you may want to try the 24mm F1.4L, or the 35mm F1.4L. Sure, they are not really wide any more when mounted on a 1.6x camera.