Osgoode (University & Queen)

Osgoode Hall
Osgoode Hall in Winter.

University Avenue is home to a number of insurance company headquarters, law offices, and hospitals. Just up the street from Queen Street is the US Consolate, site of the occasional protest demonstration.

Canada Life building
Canada Life Building.

A prominent feature of downtown Toronto for the past fifty years is the weather beacon on top of the Canada Life building. In a nutshell, the light on top indicates the weather forecast: green for clear skies, red for cloudy, flashing red for rain, white for snow. The other lights indicate the temperature trend. Lights running up indicate rising temperatures, running down falling temperatures, and steady lights indicate steady temperature.

Campbell House
Historic Campbell House.

The early 19th century Campbell House originally stood at Adelaide Street and Frederick Street. But on March 31, 1972, the 300-ton brick house was moved to the north-west corner of University Avenue and Queen Street. Financed by the Advocate Society, the move required the movement of 82 street lights, 1200m of trolley wire and 2 utility poles.

Osgoode Hall fence
Wrought iron fence around Osgoode Hall.

The grounds of Osgoode Hall are separated from Queen Street by a wrought iron fence that survived the war in spite of calls to recycle the metal for the war effort. The gates in the fence were designed to allow people to pass easily, but keep out the cows grazing in the neighboring fields.