Ontario Government Building – The Lakeside Gem at Exhibition Place

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August 12, 1929 - Looking west toward the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand, at Exhibition grounds. For several decades, it was only used during the CNE and served as a hub for Ontario government-related activities during the annual fair
August 12, 1929 – Looking west toward the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand, at Exhibition grounds. For several decades, it was only used during the CNE and served as a hub for Ontario government-related activities (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 16, Series 71, Item 7109)

The Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, is located at 25 British Columbia Rd, on the west side of Exhibition Place in Toronto.

Ontario Government Building

On the opening day of the 1925 Canadian National Exhibition, Premier Ferguson turned the sod for the Ontario Government Building, with work officially beginning on the structure in late November of that year.

In the three weeks leading up to the 1926 CNE, the construction site was abuzz with activity. The Toronto-based contracting company Sullivan & Fried mobilized a workforce of 500 labourers, operating in three shifts to complete the building on time. Despite the constant hammering and rumbling of machinery, there was a sense of urgency on the site as the clock ticked down; however, the biggest challenge was a shortage of skilled plasterers.

When the annual fair’s opening day arrived, the Ontario Government Building had been completed. It was the feature of the exhibition, drawing crowds of visitors who marvelled at its beauty.

Its Design & Architecture

August 1, 1939 - Aerial view of the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition Place (Toronto Public Library TSPA_0111967F)
August 1, 1939 – Aerial view of the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition Place (Toronto Public Library TSPA_0111967F)

Striking a balance between creating a prestigious structure that also embodied the festive spirit of the CNE, architects Chapman & Oxley designed the Beaux-Arts-style building to mirror the triangular shape of the site on which it’s built. The building’s isosceles triangle design features a monumental southwest-facing façade overlooking Lake Shore Blvd W, offering beautiful views of the waterfront. The other two facades align perfectly with British Columbia Rd and Alberta Cir.

A few architectural elements of the Queenston limestone-faced and concrete building include a stunning large dome at the south entrance, six lantern domes adorning the corner entrances and an open central courtyard surrounded by a colonnade and the three wings of the building.

Artist Charles McKechnie created the cement lions that stand guard on the southwest lawn and east entrance, as well as the intricate figures and friezes that decorate the building.

The corridors inside the two-storey building showcased Ontario’s natural resources, such as its lakes, streams, forests, and mines. They housed exhibits by the Agricultural, Lands & Forests, Northern Development, Game & Fisheries, Public Highways, Mines, Labour, Education and Health departments.

The exhibits in the first year included a mini zoo in the courtyard, which allowed visitors to get up close to the province’s wildlife. The fire rangers’ display showed 768 burnt matches, one for each fire caused by carelessness in 1925. Farm and fruit products showcased the bounty of Ontario’s agricultural industry, and aquariums filled with trout and bass displayed the richness of our water resources.

The building also featured a 400-seat theatre, a 600-seat restaurant, and a small suite of rooms for government officials, while the basement contained storage and bathrooms.

In the final days of the 1926 CNE, Premier Ferguson officially presented the magnificent structure, estimated to be worth $700,000, to Mayor Foster, who accepted it on behalf of the City of Toronto and the Exhibition Association.

Ontario Place Opens

It’s interesting to know that the building was only used during the CNE and served as a hub for Ontario government-related activities during the annual fair. However, the 1971 opening of Ontario Place, which was just 1 km southeast of the building, meant the province no longer needed the Ontario Government Building.

The Carlsburg Building

In 1974, the landmark became known as the Carlsberg Building, with parts painted in the company’s signature “Carlsberg green” and white. Canadian Breweries operated the building, and its function was to popularize its Carlsberg brand.

There was a street lined with Danish shops, an animated exhibit of Viking history, and a Hofbrau-style beer hall in the courtyard that represented Copenhagen’s famed Tivoli Gardens, with the 17-piece Carlsberg Festival Orchestra playing nightly. That same year, the brewer donated the 50-bell Carillon Tower 250 m east of the Ontario Government Building.

Liberty Grand

November 16, 2022 – Looking northeast from the front lawn at Liberty Grand. The venue hosts hundreds of events annually from weddings and corporate functions to galas and special occasions
November 16, 2022 – Looking northeast from the front lawn at Liberty Grand. The venue hosts hundreds of events annually from weddings and corporate functions to galas and special occasions

In 2000, the city signed a 20-year lease agreement with Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex Inc. After a complete restoration, the Ontario Government Building reopened as the Liberty Grand the following year.

The event centre is renowned for its exquisite architecture and opulent interiors and boasts 100,000 sq ft of space for up to 4,000 guests.

The three grand ballrooms are traditionally elegant, with crystal chandeliers and iron-laced balconies adding opulence to the thirty-foot ceilings, while the floor-to-ceiling windows offer beautiful views of Lake Ontario. The modern open-concept room is equally stunning, blending the property’s charm with a contemporary feel. Liberty Grand hosts over 400 events annually from grand weddings and lavish corporate functions to glamourous galas and special occasions.

The lease has since been extended and includes over $8 million in improvements.

Did You Know?

  • The Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand, was designed to replace the previous Government Building, which was constructed in 1912 and is now home to Medieval Times.
  • All of the materials used to construct the Ontario Government Building were produced in Canada.
  • The building was also referred to as The Province of Ontario Building or The New Ontario Government Building.
  • Heritage Toronto officially recognized the building’s historical significance in 1973 when it included it on the organization’s inaugural list of inductees.
  • Charles McKechnie also designed the statues for the Princes’ Gates.

Ontario Government Building Photos

August 29, 1925 - Premier Ferguson turning sod for the new Ontario Government Building at the CNE
August 29, 1925 – Premier Ferguson turning sod for the new Ontario Government Building at the CNE (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 6089)
August 29, 1925 - Model of the new Ontario Government Building. The building in the background is today home to Medieval Times
August 29, 1925 – Model of the new Ontario Government Building. The building in the background is today home to Medieval Times (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 6088)
May 11, 1926 - Looking east towards the Ontario Government Building under construction at Exhibition grounds
May 11, 1926 – Looking east towards the Ontario Government Building under construction at Exhibition grounds (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 7773)
March 26, 2023 – The lakefront gem originally known as the Ontario Government Building was built in 1926 and designed by architects Chapman & Oxley. It was built to house exhibits by various departments of the Ontario government including Agricultural, Lands & Forests, Game & Fisheries, Mines, Education and Health during the annual CNE
March 26, 2023 – The lakefront gem originally known as the Ontario Government Building was built in 1926 and designed by architects Chapman & Oxley. It was built to house exhibits by various departments of the Ontario government including Agricultural, Lands & Forests, Game & Fisheries, Mines, Education and Health during the annual CNE
1926 - Canadian National Exhibition poster looking southwest towards the new Ontario Government Building with Lake Ontario in the background
1926 – Canadian National Exhibition poster looking southwest towards the new Ontario Government Building with Lake Ontario in the background (CNE Archives)
August 14, 2021 - The northeast entrance of Liberty Grand at British Columbia Rd and Alberta Cir. Notice the lantern domes adorning the corner entrance
August 14, 2021 – The northeast entrance of Liberty Grand at British Columbia Rd and Alberta Cir. Notice the lantern domes adorning the corner entrance
1926 - The Ontario Government Building courtyard hosted an exhibit by the Department of Game and Fisheries that featured a variety of live animals. Visitors to the CNE could get an up-close look at some of the province's wildlife, including majestic deer, industrious beavers, and mischievous raccoons. The animals were housed in fenced enclosures. This photo was taken in the building's opening year
1926 – The Ontario Government Building courtyard hosted an exhibit by the Department of Game and Fisheries that featured a variety of live animals. Visitors to the CNE could get an up-close look at some of the province’s wildlife, including majestic deer, industrious beavers, and mischievous raccoons. The animals were housed in fenced enclosures. This photo was taken in the building’s opening year (Toronto Public Library R-2695)
November 12, 2022 – The triangular-shaped courtyard at Liberty Grand is surrounded by a colonnade. Notice the Exhibition Place wind turbine in the background
November 12, 2022 – The triangular-shaped courtyard at Liberty Grand is surrounded by a colonnade. Notice the Exhibition Place wind turbine in the background
Circa 1926 - A postcard of the northeast entrance of The Province of Ontario Building at the Canadian National Exhibition
Circa 1926 – A postcard of the northeast entrance of The Province of Ontario Building at the Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto Public Library PC_114)
Circa 1926 -  Postcard of the waterfront and the Ontario Government Building at the Canadian National Exhibition. The building on the right was the Transportation Building
Circa 1926 – Postcard of the waterfront and the Ontario Government Building at the Canadian National Exhibition. The building on the right was the Transportation Building (Toronto Public Library PC_116)
September 8, 1928 - Looking north from Lake Ontario towards the Ontario Government Building during the Canadian National Exhibition consolation swim
September 8, 1928 – Looking north from Lake Ontario towards the Ontario Government Building during the Canadian National Exhibition consolation swim (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 14782)
September 5, 1928 - Looking northwest from Lake Ontario during the Canadian National Exhibition Men's swim meet. The Ontario Government Building in the background and on the far right is a glimpse of the former Transportation Building
September 5, 1928 – Looking northwest from Lake Ontario during the Canadian National Exhibition Men’s swim meet. The Ontario Government Building in the background and on the far right is a glimpse of the former Transportation Building (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 14727)
August 29, 1928 – An aerial view of the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition grounds. Also visible in the photo is Lake Shore Blvd W, then known as Boulevard Drive on the left and the Transportation Building on the right
August 29, 1928 – An aerial view of the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition grounds. Also visible in the photo is Lake Shore Blvd W, then known as Boulevard Drive on the left and the Transportation Building on the right (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 14552)
September 3, 1928 - The south facade of the Ontario Government Building at the Canadian National Exhibition. The Beaux-Arts-style landmark was designed by architects Chapman & Oxley
September 3, 1928 – The south facade of the Ontario Government Building at the Canadian National Exhibition. The Beaux-Arts-style landmark was designed by architects Chapman & Oxley (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 16, Series 71, Item 6196)
March 26, 2023 - A view from the southwest lawn of Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place. Notice the two lions standing watch over the waterfront landmark originally known as the Ontario Government Building
March 26, 2023 – A view from the southwest lawn of Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place. Notice the two lions standing watch over the waterfront landmark originally known as the Ontario Government Building
August 12, 1929 - Looking west toward the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand, at Exhibition grounds. For several decades, it was only used during the CNE and served as a hub for Ontario government-related activities during the annual fair
August 12, 1929 – Looking west toward the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand, at Exhibition grounds. For several decades, it was only used during the CNE and served as a hub for Ontario government-related activities during the annual fair (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 16, Series 71, Item 7109)
March 26, 2023 – The southeast entrance and main facade of what was originally known as the Ontario Government Building. It served as a hub for Ontario government-related activities during the CNE from 1926 until Ontario Place opened just 1 km away in 1971
March 26, 2023 – The southeast entrance and main facade of what was originally known as the Ontario Government Building. It served as a hub for Ontario government-related activities during the CNE from 1926 until Ontario Place opened just 1 km away in 1971
1929 - An aerial view of the Ontario Government Building seen from a blimp. Architects Chapman & Oxley designed the Beaux-Arts-style building to mirror the triangular shape of the site on which it was built
1929 – An aerial view of the Ontario Government Building seen from a blimp. Architects Chapman & Oxley designed the Beaux-Arts-style building to mirror the triangular shape of the site on which it was built (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 2024)
1929 - The parking lot once located southeast of the Province of Ontario Building at Exhibition grounds
1929 – The parking lot once located southeast of the Province of Ontario Building at Exhibition grounds (CNE Archives)
March 29, 2024 – Looking northwest towards Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place. The building features a stunning large dome at the south entrance while six lantern domes adorn the corner entrances
March 29, 2024 – Looking northwest towards Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place. The building features a stunning large dome at the south entrance while six lantern domes adorn the corner entrances
September 11, 1931 – A night view of the lion statues standing guard on the south lawn of the Ontario Government Building. The cement statues were created by Charles McKechnie who was also the artist behind the statuary at the Princes' Gates
September 11, 1931 – A night view of the lion statues standing guard on the south lawn of the Ontario Government Building. The cement statues were created by Charles McKechnie who was also the artist behind the statuary at the Princes’ Gates (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1548, Series 393, Item 23571c)
1934 – Kneller Hall Band at the front entrance of the Ontario Government Building. It was one of the bands that performed at the opening of The Bandshell in 1936
1934 – Kneller Hall Band at the front entrance of the Ontario Government Building. It was one of the bands that performed at the opening of The Bandshell in 1936 (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 362, Item 35)
September 1, 1938 - Planes flying over the large dome at the south entrance of the Ontario Government Building during the CNE
September 1, 1938 – Planes flying over the large dome at the south entrance of the Ontario Government Building during the CNE (Toronto Public Library TSPA_0112012F)
March 26, 2023 – The dome at the south entrance of Liberty Grand at what was originally known as the Ontario Government Building. The intricate figures and friezes that decorate the building were created by artist Charles McKechnie
March 26, 2023 – The dome at the south entrance of Liberty Grand at what was originally known as the Ontario Government Building. The intricate figures and friezes that decorate the building were created by artist Charles McKechnie
April 22, 1936 - Looking southeast toward the lion statues created by artist Charles McKechnie at the Ontario Government Building. The cement lions look out over Lake Ontario
April 22, 1936 – Looking southeast toward the lion statues created by artist Charles McKechnie at the Ontario Government Building. The cement lions look out over Lake Ontario (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1548, Series 393, Item 24605a)
August 1, 1939 - Aerial view of the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition grounds. Notice the courtyard in the centre of the isosceles triangle-shaped building
August 1, 1939 – Aerial view of the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition grounds. Notice the courtyard in the centre of the isosceles triangle-shaped building (Toronto Public Library TSPA_0111967F)
September 1, 1939 - The southwest facade of the Ontario Government Building features a large dome topped with a lantern. The waterfront gem was constructed with concrete and brick and faced with Queenston limestone
September 1, 1939 – The southwest facade of the Ontario Government Building features a large dome topped with a lantern. The waterfront gem was constructed with concrete and brick and faced with Queenston limestone (Toronto Public Library TSPA_0111992F)
August 27, 2022 – The elegant grounds of Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place
August 27, 2022 – The elegant grounds of Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place
August 23, 1947 - An aerial view looking northeast over the Canadian National Exhibition on opening day. While several structures are visible in the photo, the Ontario Government building is in the lower left, while the Princes' Gates and the Automotive Building are in the upper right
August 23, 1947 – An aerial view looking northeast over the Canadian National Exhibition on opening day. While several structures are visible in the photo, the Ontario Government building is in the lower left, while the Princes’ Gates and the Automotive Building are in the upper right (Toronto Public Library TSPA_0112083F)
April 11, 1953 - Looking northeast towards Lake Shore Blvd W and the Ontario Government Building
April 11, 1953 – Looking northeast towards Lake Shore Blvd W and the Ontario Government Building (Toronto Public Library R-2698)
November 16, 2022 – Looking northeast from the front lawn at Liberty Grand. The venue hosts hundreds of events annually from weddings and corporate functions to galas and special occasions
November 16, 2022 – Looking northeast from the front lawn at Liberty Grand. The venue hosts hundreds of events annually from weddings and corporate functions to galas and special occasions
September 11, 1954 - A night photo of the Ontario Government Building's northeast entrance with multi-coloured lights
September 11, 1954 – A night photo of the Ontario Government Building’s northeast entrance with multi-coloured lights (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 94, Item 12)
Between 1976 and 1987 – The patio restaurant when the Ontario Government Building was known as the Carlsberg Building. Canadian Breweries took over the building in 1974 in order to to popularize its Carlsberg brand. The company painted parts of the building their signature “Carlsberg green” and white
Between 1976 and 1987 – The patio restaurant when the Ontario Government Building was known as the Carlsberg Building. Canadian Breweries took over the building in 1974 in order to to popularize its Carlsberg brand. The company painted parts of the building their signature “Carlsberg green” and white (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 365, Item 7)
November 12, 2022 – The courtyard side of the main entrance of Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place
November 12, 2022 – The courtyard side of the main entrance of Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place
1986 or 1987 – Looking northwest towards the Ontario Government Building, and a skating rink at Exhibition Place
1986 or 1987 – The outdoor ice rink once located just west of the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition Place (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 429, Item 32)
November 12, 2014 - Officers and their horses from the Toronto Police Service Mounted Unit and five chefs on the steps of Liberty Grand. The TPS Mounted Unit is located in Exhibition Place's Horse Palace
November 12, 2014 – Officers and their horses from the Toronto Police Service Mounted Unit and five chefs on the steps of Liberty Grand. The TPS Mounted Unit is located in Exhibition Place’s Horse Palace (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 540, Item 17)
November 12, 2022 – The impressive south entrance of Liberty Grand, originally the Ontario Government Building, is flanked by Corinthian columns and topped with a large central dome. The statues and modelled friezes were created by artist Charles McKechnie
November 12, 2022 – The impressive south entrance of Liberty Grand, originally the Ontario Government Building, is flanked by Corinthian columns and topped with a large central dome. The statues and modelled friezes were created by artist Charles McKechnie
March 26, 2023 – The magnificent dome and architecture of what was originally known as the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition Place in Toronto
March 26, 2023 – The magnificent dome and architecture of what was originally known as the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition Place in Toronto
March 26, 2023 – The concrete dome at the main entrance of Liberty Grand is topped with a lantern
March 26, 2023 – The concrete dome at the main entrance of Liberty Grand is topped with a lantern
August 27, 2022 – The beautiful architectural details of an entrance arch at the Ontario Government Building, today known as Liberty Grand
August 27, 2022 – The beautiful architectural details of an entrance arch at the Ontario Government Building, today known as Liberty Grand
August 14, 2021 - Originally the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand event venue, features a stately main entrance flanked by Corinthian columns and topped with a large central dome
August 14, 2021 – Originally the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand event venue, features a stately main entrance flanked by Corinthian columns and topped with a large central dome
March 26, 2023 – One of several cement ram's head figures on the Ontario Government Building
March 26, 2023 – One of several cement ram’s head figures on the Ontario Government Building
August 27, 2022 - The southeast entrance of Liberty Grand from Yukon Pl at Exhibition Place. The statues and modelled friezes were created by artist Charles McKechnie
August 27, 2022 – The southeast entrance of Liberty Grand from Yukon Pl at Exhibition Place. The statues and modelled friezes were created by artist Charles McKechnie
October 16, 2022 - A concrete statue by artist Charles McKechnie at the southeast entrance of Liberty Grand, originally the Ontario Government Building
October 16, 2022 – A concrete statue by artist Charles McKechnie at the southeast entrance of Liberty Grand, originally the Ontario Government Building
March 26, 2023 – Looking northeast along the main facade of Liberty Grand. The Beaux-Arts style landmark overlooks Toronto's waterfront
March 26, 2023 – Looking northeast along the main facade of Liberty Grand. The Beaux-Arts style landmark overlooks Toronto’s waterfront
November 12, 2022 – Inside the elegant main lobby of Liberty Grand towards the Centennial Room. The doors to the right face the lakefront while the left go to the courtyard
November 12, 2022 – Inside the elegant main lobby of Liberty Grand towards the Centennial Room. The doors to the right face the lakefront while the left go to the courtyard
November 12, 2022 - The magnificent architectural details at the south entrance of the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition Place. The photo was taken from inside the courtyard
November 12, 2022 – The magnificent architectural details at the south entrance of the Ontario Government Building at Exhibition Place. The photo was taken from inside the courtyard
November 12, 2022 – The courtyard at Liberty Grand in autumn. Originally known as the Ontario Government Building, when it opened during the 1926 Canadian National Exhibition, the courtyard featured a mini zoo
November 12, 2022 – The courtyard at Liberty Grand in autumn. Originally known as the Ontario Government Building, when it opened during the 1926 Canadian National Exhibition, the courtyard featured a mini zoo
November 12, 2022 – Corinthian columns at the west end of the courtyard at Liberty Grand in Exhibition Place
November 12, 2022 – Corinthian columns at the west end of the courtyard at Liberty Grand in Exhibition Place
November 16, 2022 – A lamp in the courtyard of Liberty Grand
November 16, 2022 – A lamp in the courtyard of Liberty Grand
November 12, 2022 – Inside the main lobby of Liberty Grand looking towards the courtyard. From 1926 until the early 1970s, the beautiful building was the Ontario Government Building housing displays to showcase Ontario’s natural resources, such as its lakes, streams, forests, and mines during the annual CNE
November 12, 2022 – Inside the main lobby of Liberty Grand looking towards the courtyard. From 1926 until the early 1970s, the beautiful building was the Ontario Government Building housing displays to showcase Ontario’s natural resources, such as its lakes, streams, forests, and mines during the annual CNE
August 27, 2022 – One of two lions on the south lawn with the entrance of Liberty Grand in the background. The base of the statue features a plaque dedicated to the honour of Marilyn Bell for swimming the entire width of Lake Ontario in 1954 at the age of 16
August 27, 2022 – One of two lions on the south lawn with the entrance of Liberty Grand in the background. The base of the statue features a plaque dedicated to the honour of Marilyn Bell for swimming the entire width of Lake Ontario in 1954 at the age of 16
October 16, 2022 – The plaque reads:

This plaque is dedicated to the honour of Marilyn Bell

“A Toronto, Ontario girl who, on Sept 9th, 1954 at the age of 16 years, performed the magnificent athletic feat of swimming the full width of Lake Ontario, thus being the first known person to have accomplished this arduous task, of which all Canadians are justly proud.”
October 16, 2022 – The plaque reads:

This plaque is dedicated to the honour of Marilyn Bell “A Toronto, Ontario girl who, on Sept 9th, 1954 at the age of 16 years, performed the magnificent athletic feat of swimming the full width of Lake Ontario, thus being the first known person to have accomplished this arduous task, of which all Canadians are justly proud.”
July 26, 1928 - One of the cement lions standing guard on the south lawn of the Ontario Government Building. The Defence Of York memorial tablet is fixed to the statue's base
July 26, 1928 – One of the cement lions standing guard on the south lawn of the Ontario Government Building. The Defence Of York memorial tablet is fixed to the statue’s base (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1548, Series 393, Item 21942)
October 16, 2022 – One of two cement lions on the south lawn of Liberty Grand. Artist Charles McKechnie created the cement sculptures in 1925/26 when the waterfront gem was known as the Ontario Government Building. Notice The Defence Of York heritage plaque on the base of the statue
October 16, 2022 – One of two cement lions on the south lawn of Liberty Grand. Artist Charles McKechnie created the cement sculptures in 1925/26 when the waterfront gem was known as the Ontario Government Building. Notice The Defence Of York heritage plaque on the base of the statue
July 14, 2020 - The heritage plaque reads:

The Defence Of York

“In memory of Captain Neal McNeal, Volunteer Donald Maclean, and the soldiers of the Royal Artillery, 8th Regiment, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, Glengarry Light Infantry, York and Durham Militia, and Indians, killed in action, and their comrades who fought here, facing fearful odds, in defence of the Capital of Upper Canada, 27th April 1813.”
 
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada 
 Government of Canada 1928
July 14, 2020 – The heritage plaque reads:

The Defence Of York

“In memory of Captain Neal McNeal, Volunteer Donald Maclean, and the soldiers of the Royal Artillery, 8th Regiment, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, Glengarry Light Infantry, York and Durham Militia, and Indians, killed in action, and their comrades who fought here, facing fearful odds, in defence of the Capital of Upper Canada, 27th April 1813.”

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Government of Canada 1928
March 26, 2023 – Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, originally the Ontario Government Building, at 25 British Columbia Dr at Toronto's Exhibition Place
March 26, 2023 – Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, originally the Ontario Government Building, at 25 British Columbia Dr at Toronto’s Exhibition Place
March 26, 2023 – One of the six lantern domes that adorn the corner entrances of Liberty Grand at Toronto's Exhibition Place
March 26, 2023 – One of the six lantern domes that adorn the corner entrances of Liberty Grand at Toronto’s Exhibition Place
March 29, 2024 – There are four cement lion sculptures created by Charles McKechnie at the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand. Two of the lions are at the northeast entrance (one shown here) and the other two are looking towards the lake. Notice the cornerstone dated 1926
March 29, 2024 – There are four cement lion sculptures created by Charles McKechnie at the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand. Two of the lions are at the northeast entrance (one shown here) and the other two are looking towards the lake. Notice the cornerstone dated 1926
October 16, 2022 – The stunning green dome that tops the main entrance of Liberty Grand
October 16, 2022 – The stunning green dome that tops the main entrance of Liberty Grand
November 16, 2022 – Originally the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand, is located on the west side of Exhibition Place
November 16, 2022 – Originally the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand, is located on the west side of Exhibition Place
July 14, 2020 - Liberty Grand's west entrance from Yukon Pl at Exhibition Place. Notice the lantern domes, statues and modelled friezes that decorate the entrance
July 14, 2020 – Liberty Grand’s west entrance from Yukon Pl at Exhibition Place. Notice the lantern domes, statues and modelled friezes that decorate the entrance
March 29, 2024 – A view from the southwest side of Liberty Grand. The waterfront gem at Exhibition Place was built in 1926 as the Ontario Government Building. Notice the wind turbine in the right background
March 29, 2024 – A view from the southwest side of Liberty Grand. The waterfront gem at Exhibition Place was built in 1926 as the Ontario Government Building. Notice the wind turbine in the right background
March 26, 2023 – Looking southwest from a parking lot towards Alberta Circle and Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place
March 26, 2023 – Looking southwest from a parking lot towards Alberta Circle and Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place
March 29, 2024 – The stately central dome of what was originally known as the Ontario Government Building is just one of the distinctive features of this waterfront landmark. The building has been home to the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, an event venue, since the early 2000s
March 29, 2024 – The stately central dome of what was originally known as the Ontario Government Building is just one of the distinctive features of this waterfront landmark. The building has been home to the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, an event venue, since the early 2000s
August 14, 2021 - The impressive south entrance of Liberty Grand is flanked by Corinthian columns and topped with a large central dome
August 14, 2021 – The impressive south entrance of Liberty Grand is flanked by Corinthian columns and topped with a large central dome
Circa 1925 - Architectural drawings by Chapman & Oxley showing the southwest and east elevations of the Ontario Government Building
Circa 1925 – Architectural drawings by Chapman & Oxley showing the southwest and east elevations of the Ontario Government Building (The Journal: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Vol. 4, No. 1, Jan 1927, pg 6 – Dalhousie University)
Circa 1925 - Architectural drawings by Chapman & Oxley showing the ground and second-floor plans of the Ontario Government Building
Circa 1925 – Architectural drawings by Chapman & Oxley showing the ground and second-floor plans of the Ontario Government Building (The Journal: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Vol. 4, No. 1, Jan 1927, pg 7 – Dalhousie University)
October 16, 2022 – The plaque reads:

“This Sakura tree is one of 68 trees donated to Exhibition Place by the Sakura Project and Mr. Takashi KOEZUKA, Consul General of Japan and Chair of the Sakura Committee. 

The aim of the Sakura Project is to plant three thousand Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees throughout Ontario. The Sakura tree represents friendship and goodwill between Japan and Canada.”

May 16, 2002 
 
The plaque is located on the south lawn of the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand
October 16, 2022 – The plaque reads:

“This Sakura tree is one of 68 trees donated to Exhibition Place by the Sakura Project and Mr. Takashi KOEZUKA, Consul General of Japan and Chair of the Sakura Committee.

The aim of the Sakura Project is to plant three thousand Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees throughout Ontario. The Sakura tree represents friendship and goodwill between Japan and Canada.”

May 16, 2002

The plaque is located on the south lawn of the Ontario Government Building, today home to Liberty Grand
 SOURCE
  • City of Toronto Heritage Register: 100 Princes’ Blvd
  • Ontario Heritage Trust: 2 Strachan Ave
  • City of Toronto: Report for Action: Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex Inc. Lease at 25 British Columbia Rd, Feb 24, 2020
  • The Globe Newspaper Archives: Nov 23, 1925, pg 12
  • The Globe Newspaper Archives: Aug 5, 1926, pg 9
  • The Globe Newspaper Archives: Aug 28, 1926, pg 10
  • The Toronto Daily Star Newspaper Archives: Aug 28, 1926, pg 2
  • The Globe Newspaper Archives: Sep 9, 1926, pg 13
  • The Globe Newspaper Archives: Aug 24, 1928, pg 22
  • The Globe and Mail Newspaper Archives: Aug 3, 1974, pg 23
  • RAIC Journal, Jan 1927, pgs 5-13
  • Liberty Grand Wedding Package brochure, 2024-2025
  • Exhibition Place: History
  • Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex: Liberty Grand
  • Photos: Denise Marie for TorontoJourney416
  • Vintage Photos: City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Public Library & Dalhousie University Archives

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