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August 31, 2005
Exhibit chronicles the construction of City Hall on its 40th anniversary
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Toronto City Hall on September 13, the
City of Toronto will present an archival exhibition that provides an inside
look at the making of one of the city's most notable and distinctive
architectural treasures.

Celebrating 40 Years: A Retrospective Exhibit about Toronto City Hall
chronicles the competition and construction of City Hall, and documents the
transformation of a humble parking lot into a lasting landmark. The exhibit
features archival photos, historical records, original furniture displays and
news photographs from major events on Nathan Phillips Square over the past 40

The exhibit underscores the break from tradition embodied by the groundbreaking
and award-winning design of Finnish architect Viljo Revell.

"When Toronto City Hall was built in 1965, Revell's design represented a step
forward in time," said Mayor David Miller. "Forty years later, Toronto City
Hall is still more than a place to conduct the business of the city. It
reflects the vitality and creativity that characterizes so much of

A public celebration for the 40th anniversary of Toronto City Hall will be held
on September 17, beginning at 8:30 p.m., and will feature music, art, dance and
pyrotechnics. The event also marks the launch of Toronto's Live With Culture
campaign, a 16-month celebration of the city's extraordinary arts and cultural
communities. From September 2005 to December 2006, the public
awareness-building campaign will shine a spotlight on the vibrant and diverse
activities happening in the city, showcasing the vast scope of the city's
culture of creativity.

Celebrating 40 Years: A Retrospective Exhibit about Toronto City Hall will be
displayed on the main floor of Toronto City Hall from September 13 to 18. For
more information, visit or call Access Toronto at

Media contact:
Rita Davies, Executive Director, Culture Division,



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