Petrolia in Lambton County, Ontario — Central Canada
When Victoria Hall was built in 1889, Petrolia, in the midst of an oil boom, was one of the wealthiest towns in Canada. The opulent town hall reflects this stage in the town’s growth. While its first floor housed municipal offices, court rooms, fire department and armory, the entire second floor was an opera house capable of seating 1,000 people. The design, by London (Ontario) architect George Durand, uses a diverse combination of forms and a variety of decorative motifs to heighten visual interest and recall various stylistic periods.
Au coeur d’un boom pétrolier, Pétrolia devint l’une des villes les plus riches du Canada. Son opulent hôtel de ville, construit en 1889, reflète cette période de croissance rapide. Les rez-de-chaussée regroupait les bureaux municipaux, un salle de tribunal, une sale d’armes et le service des incendies. Au premier étage, se trouvait un salle d’opéra de mille places. Conçu par l’architecte George Durand de London, cet édifice présente une combinaison judicieuse de formes et de motifs qui attirent l’attention de évoquent divers styles.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list.
Location. 42° 52.859′ N, 82° 8.796′ W. Marker is in Petrolia, Ontario, in Lambton County. Marker is on Greenfield Street just from Petrolia Line, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 Greenfield Street, Petrolia, Ontario N0N, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Founding of Petrolia (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert M. Nicol Library (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); First Oil Wells in Canada (approx. 12.2 kilometers away).
Also see . . . Victoria Hall - Petrolia, Canada's Victorian Oil Town. While Victoria Hall is important architecturally on both a regional and national scale, its designation as a national historic site was made for reasons other than the merits of its architectural style. Victoria Hall represents the culmination of three decades of achievement in Canada’s early industrial development. (Submitted on October 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.