|Osgoode: gateway to Queen West and the Entertainment District|
Opened on February 28, 1963, Osgoode’s central location at the corner of University and Queen places it in close proximity to numerous landmarks, including:
- Osgoode Hall (housing the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court of the Superior Court of Justice, and the Law Society of Upper Canada)
- New City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square
- The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
- The U.S. Consulate.
Merry-makers heading west for the night-life often transfer onto the 501 Queen, a major arterial streetcar line; their tipsy return hours later fills the station with shouts and stumbling laughter.
|Osgoode tiling (platform walls). Is this a happy yellow?|
The depressing interior of Osgoode fails to invite or engage—almost as if it were intended to subdue and diffuse the emotions. It’s disappointing for such a heavily trafficked station. A 1970s remodel covered over the original Vitrolite tiling at platform level with easily-stained vertical slats and dank ceramic tiles (though you can still glimpse the Vitrolite in a few spots). And in the mezzanine, the visual palette doesn’t seem to match anything. It’s not a station in which I care to linger.
Perhaps it looks better with beer goggles.
|Brown and... pale green?|
|The one tolerable wall, left, marred by extraneous signage. |
Note the recently installed elevator.
Bonus observation: A different style of subway station entrance pylon is used at each of the 4 corner entrances.
Photo GalleryTour the station, and view captioned historical images from its past:
(hint: turn on the captions)
|Osgoode station transfer|
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