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The Old City Hall Message

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Hidden : 06/04/2002
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Geocache Description:

There is a message on Toronto's Old City Hall, which is there to be seen by all... if you know the secret of how to find it. This message has been there since 1898, but most people pass by unaware that the message even exists.

In the late 1800's the City of Toronto set about building a new City Hall. This building was completed in 1899 and was said to be one of the most stunning buildings of its time. (However, it was later replaced by another structure in 1965 and is now known as Old City Hall.)

The story holds, that the architect of the City Hall wanted more recognition than just his name in small print on the building's cornerstone. The city fathers refused! Not to be denied, he had a message incorporated into stone and placed around the entire building. (As well, his face was set into the entry arches outside the main doors. All other faces were said to be caricatures, of local politicians, while his face was not a caricature.)

The message starts on the west side of Old City Hall and runs around the four sides of the entire structure. Each letter of the message is carved onto one of the many corbels just under the roof. Once you find the first set, the pattern becomes obvious, and you can work your way around the building.

To verify that you have found the proper virtual cache, please email me with the following information:
  • What is the text of the message?
  • Break the message into the sets, as they are found on the building.

I will email you back and if your answers were correct, you may log your visit to the virtual cache. Please do not include details in your find that would spoil the fun for others (no encrypted hints either).

(Please Note: Old City Hall is currently undergoing some major renovations and scaffolding may hide some of the text. Include as much as you can find on the four sides.)

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