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Victoria Hall

James Cockburn

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted December 2017

James Cockburn James Cockburn

Plaque Location

The County of Northumberland
The Town of Cobourg
On the south side of King Street West (Road 2)
a block west of Division Street (Road 45)

Coordinates: N 43 57.567 W 78 10.070


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Plaque Text

This building, designed by the architect Kivas Tully in a Victorian version of the Palladian style, is representative of the finer public buildings of mid 19th-century Canada. One of the most impressive town halls in Ontario, it reflects the economic optimism of the 1850s. It was constructed by the local firm of William and David Burnet at a cost of $110,000. The cornerstone was laid by Sir Allan MacNab on December 30, 1856, and the building was officially opened by the Prince of Wales on September 7. 1860.

Other plaques at this location
James Cockburn (1819-1883)
Victoria Hall

Related Ontario plaque
Sir Allan Napier MacNab 1798-1862


Town Halls

Cobourg Plaques

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