Competing Modernisms:
Toronto’s New City Hall
and Square
George Thomas Kapelos
Christopher Armstrong
Dalhousie Architectural
Press (2015)
Halifax, Nova Scotia


Competing Modernisms

Toronto’s1958 competition for its New City Hall and Square was anything but
regional in nature. When the City Hall project was in a gestation stage, there
was certainly enough pressure from locals to limit the competition to Canadian
architects—or even Ontario. By expanding the scope of the competition
internationally, the event became global, and the result was to bear this out.
Not only was the winner, Viljo Revell, from Europe, but two of the high profile
jurors, Eero Saarinen and Ernesto Rogers, were non-Canadians