Toronto's Historical Plaques
Learn a little of Toronto's history as told through its plaques
Toronto Post Office 1853-1873
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2006
Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons
Plaque coordinates: 43.649934 -79.376231
Built in 1851-1853 for the Province of Canada, the Seventh Post Office was designed by Toronto architects Frederic Cumberland and Thomas Ridout. The building, in the then popular Neo-classical style, resembles a Greek temple. The elegant symmetry of the Ionic columns, corner piers and the entablature topped with the Royal Arms of England demonstrates an ease with classical forms. The building served as a post office till 1873, and housed government offices until 1937. It was then sold to the Bank of Canada and later purchased and refurbished by Argus Corporation Limited.
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