The Collingwood Federal Building

This remarkable marble building in downtown Collingwood was built between 1913 and 1915 at a cost of $140,000.  The architect was Philip C. Palin and it was reportedly modeled after the Government House in Havana, Cuba paying tribute to the Greek Temple.  It is the property of Public Works Canada and served for many years as the local Post Office which is why locals call it the “old post office building” even though it today houses a variety of government offices.

I love this reference in the Heritage profile:  “Just as much in Main Street derives from the Renaissance and Classical world, or European fortified architecture, this building in particular, in material, form and detail, makes reference to ancient Greece.”

PS.  For those of you with a keen eye, yes, I doctored one little spot on the left side of the stairs.  A couple of loungers wouldn’t move for me to get a good shot so I magically made them disappear.


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