Place Category: Building
Designated in 1979, Osgoode Hall is an architectural and historical treasure that is home to the Law Society of Ontario since its construction in 1832. Named after first Chief Justice of Upper Canada, William Osgoode, its elborate Palladian and Neoclassical architecture reflects a series of additions and modifcations over a century. The interior is as elborate as the exterior, with a visit to its Great Library well worth taking a guided tour.
The courts have tried cases that have had profound changes on the legal framework in Canada, especially notable for cases related to the Black experience in North America. In 1861, John Anderson’s case against extradition back to United States for murder. It meant protection for enslaved Blacks who came to Canada.
If you can, choose to experience the Law Society’s restaurant. It is a fine establishment within its hallowed halls.
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