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Common Name Victoria Hall
Municipal Address 55 King Street West
Photos:Victoria Hall
Victoria Hall. © Ontario Heritage Trust 2013

Building Demolished No
Postal Code K9A 2M2
Local Municipality Cobourg
Province Ontario
Construction Date 1856-1860
Type of Recognition Individual Designation of Property
(Municipal), Provincial or Municipal Easement, National Historic Site
Building Form
Plan Square/Rectangular Square/Rectangular
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Victoria Hall Plan
Victoria Hall Plan. © Melissa Davies 2012

Storeys Three or More Three or More
Main Exterior Wall
Wall Design and Detail Column or Pilaster Column or Pilaster, Entablature Entablature, Carving Sculpture Carving Sculpture
Roof shape and Detail
Towers, Steeples, Domes Tower Tower
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Victoria Hall Tower
Victoria Hall Tower. © Melissa Davies 2012

Architect N/A
Notes on History of the Property 's restoration to its former Victorian grandeur was completed in 1983. It is an elegant room elaborately hand painted in "trompe l'-ringed cupola. The building's interior with its traditional, pit-style courtroom and richly decorated concert hall is as magnificent as the exterior. Briefly closed after serving as a town hall and courthouse for almost 100 years, Victoria Hall was officially re-
Statement of Significance
Description of Property -storey, stone public building, constructed in the mid-19th century. It Neoclassical style presents as well a variety of eclectic details. The building is topped by a prominent clocktower. The plenty ornate building houses well-
Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest -19th-century Canada.
Victoria Hall / Cobourg Town Hall is one of a group of municipal buildings built in Ontario after the passage of the Municipal Act in 1849, which altered and augmented the responsibilities of municipal government. It is typical of these mid-19th-
Character-Defining Elements - its prominent siting on King Street in downtown Cobourg;
- its setting at the head of the former market square, set back slightly from the streets on three sides;
- its large scale, consisting of almost 0.5 hectares of floor space;
- its three-storey symmetrical massing with central, temple-fronted pavilion flanked by wings and end pavilions;
- its smooth ashlar stone facing and construction of Cleveland sandstone;
- its Italianate styling, notable in its symmetrically placed openings, pedimented portico with giant Corinthian columns, rusticated ground storey, ornate roof-top cupola, elaborate and varied stone detailing including window surrounds, cornice, shaped chimneys;
- the generous proportions of the multi-pane sash window and door openings;
- surviving remnants of its original layout, including a courtroom and judge’s chambers on the first floor, a two-storey concert hall on the second and third floors, offices and meeting space;
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Last updated 2013-12-16 10:05:14.553
Group Heritage Resources Centre
Added By HRC Admin
Date Added October 16, 2013
Comments on Victoria Hall

HRC Admin at 12:00 on Friday November 01, 2013

A PDF is attached with an article from the 1977 ACORN (volume 2). The article is titled "The Model of the Concert Room, Victoria Hall, Cobourg" written by Peter John Stokes.

The article contains several historic photographs of the hall, particularly of the ceiling, and describes the 1970 restoration process.

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