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Sketch of the former Castleton Town Hall
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Sketch of the former Castleton Town Hall


Cobourg Daily Star, Saturday, August 31, 2002 The old Cramahe Township Town Hall Sketch and text by Barry King "The pride of Castleton, this well-proportioned building resembles a temple in design. Dominated by the grand arched entranceway, the front façade is patterned with several masterful examples of the bricklayer’s art. Buttress-like pilasters divide the sides of the building into equal bays and provide frames for the large arched windows. The accent of a medallion window in the central gable is repeated again in the side projections and a fanlight transom completes the double-doored entrance. Eileen Argyris related in [her book] “How Firm a Foundation” that the structure was built in 1893 at a cost of $3,900 on land purchased the previous year from Jane Garfield for $150. It may have been constructed by a contractor named Crowe. The interior plan furnished the village with a stage and open gallery for community events. Downstairs, a lock-up cell provided for the security of the local citizenry. No longer the seat of municipal politics, the slate-roofed hall, nevertheless, continues to be at the heart of social events in the colourful village of Castleton." Cramahe Archives does not hold the original item in its archives, but has a digital image.