Saturday, January 22, 2011

Osgoode Hall Fence


Osgoode Hall, which is owned by the Ontario Gov't and the Law Society of Ontario, has occupied a 6 acre property on Queen St right beside Toronto City Hall since 1829. In 1868 a gorgeous, Victorian design, cast iron fence was erected around the perimeter of the property and this is one of its gates. Called "cow gates" because they are used on farms to control the movement of cows, the gates were probably installed here for their charm rather than for repelling grazing animals!

12 comments:

LĂșcia said...

Very elegant design, I love to see the floor covered in white!
I would never imagine these fancy gates are used to control the cows...

Gunn said...

Beautiful!:)

EG Wow said...

Very pretty gates but they do remind me more of the country than the city. But then, they have been there for more than a century and a half! :)

Birdman said...

I've heard about these.

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like a gate of a royal European palace! Very "fancy Nancy" style!

Eyeliquor said...

Wonderful image!
Well done!

Randy said...

Wow I have never seen such a decorative gate.

Virginia said...

What a gorgeous gate. Reminds me of the one at Parc Monceau in Paris. THe snow is the "icing on the cake"!!! Gorgeous.
V

Sharon said...

Wow, such gorgeous gates!

Lesley said...

The snow and white sky background really help to bring out the details of these lovely gates.

Doreen said...

I would feel like royalty walking through these gates.

Jack said...

These ornate gates are wonderful. Remind me of the ornate gates at the college I attended. They were opened only twice a year, once to welcome the freshmen in the fall and again to exit the graduates in the spring.