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Osgoode Hall

Osgoode Hall is the largest "artifact" of the Law Society collections. Started in 1829, it has grown to provide accommodations to the Law Society of Ontario, the Court of Appeal of Ontario and the Superior Court of Justice.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive source of information about Osgoode Hall. Depending on the scope of your research, there are some good secondary sources on Osgoode Hall. Try Eric Arthur's Toronto, No Mean City and MacRae and Adamson's Cornerstones of Order, Toronto: Clarke Irwin, 1983. Other useful sources include Harold Karmon's A History of Canadian Architecture, Geoffrey Simmins’ Fred Cumberland: Building the Canadian Dream. Christopher Moore's The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario Lawyers, 1797 - 1997, is a good source to understand why Osgoode Hall evolved as it did. You should be able to find these at your public library.

Most of the archival plans in our collection are from the 20th century. For 19th century plans and drawings, contact the Archives of Ontario. The J.C.B. and E.C. Horwood collection contains nearly 700 drawings relating to Osgoode Hall.

The Osgoode Hall, Online Resources and Finding Aids, and Exhibits sections of this site will also lead you to information about the building. Come back regularly to see if new sources have been added.

For more information, contact the Curator, Elise Brunet.
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