Town Hall 1873 Self-Guided Tour: QUEEN STREET LANDING & STAIRCASE



Queen St. Entrance Landing:

  • The in-house constable also had the job of ringing the bell daily at 4 times a day.
  • It has been said that the bell could be heard on Scugog Island and to the south in Prince Albert.
  • Local boys upon hearing the bell would run to the Hall and the Constable would give them a chance to give the rope the last few pulls.
  • Eventually an automatic bell ringer was installed.
  • The Bell tower has been replaced several times.
  • The original bell (Cast in 1888 Baltimore, Md) and tower were not completed until a few years after the building was built.
  • The original tower was first removed in 1939 and a small hip roof was put in its place.
  • During the restoration of 1975 a replica tower was installed by way of a generous donation from Marjorie Letcher.
  • In 2019 the tower was removed once again as it was deteriorating and in need of replacement or repair.
  • September 25, 2023 – The original Bell was returned to the top of the building and the new/refurbished Bell Tower followed on September 27, 2023.
  • The new Bell Tower has been meticulously redesigned to resemble the original tower in colour and design.
  • The Queen Street. entrance was used for the public up until the 2004 renovations.


The Grand Staircase:

  • The curved staircase leading up to the auditorium is original to the building.
  • In 2019 the stair treads were replaced as wear & tear had made them uneven.
  • Carpet and new hand railings were installed recently for safety.