I love it when official places are also public spaces. Toronto's City Hall is a great example of this - with a skating rink in front which is open to all. I do like the architecture of the building - the curved lines surrounding the central council chambre. Across the street is the old city hall building. It wasn't big enough to accomodate the needs of the city government. Fortunately, it still stands - put to another use. It is interesting to contrast the clean lines of the newer structure (1965) with the older building, a detail of which can be seen below.
There was a lot of detail put into buildings of the past, with symbols telling the story of the building and its occupants. We no longer have many of the artisans who can do the kind of carving shown here. I guess in every era we gain something and have to give something up.