Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building

A point of interest on the Orillia Historical Downtown Audio Walking Tour available on the Tripvia Tours App for Android & iPhone.

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Audio Excerpt

​The Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building, you know, the big building with a clock tower that has it's name on the wall, was designed by Dominion architect Thomas Fuller, as Orillia’s Post Office and Customs House in 1894.

It became the City’s police station in 1954 and was renamed the Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building after Samuel Benfield Steele, Major General of the North West Mounted Police and Lieutenant Colonel and Commander in the British and Canadian Military Forces. Wow, he sure sounds important doesn't he? I don't know about you, but I'm feeling very inadequate right now!

The building was built in Richardson’s Romanesque style, featuring heavy rounded arches over the windows and stone string courses made from local limestone. It was renovated and restored in 2004, and now houses the Orillia Museum of Art and History.

The musuem is a hub of culture and heritage that has been inspiring creativity and celebrating history for over 20 years, growing as a hub for local artists and historians. If you have some time, I recommend checking it out. I put a link to the website in the stop description.

Historical Downtown

Walking Tour

This POI is featured on the Orillia Historical Downtown Audio Walking Tour, part of the Tripvia Tours mobile app available for Android & Apple.

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Each POI has a fun multiple choice trivia question that adds to the fun.

Tour experience is the same in either direction.

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