A complete Victorian fantasy of a city hall, this the second City Hall for Winnipeg was mired in controversy for its entire lifetime. Disputes over the location, materials used in the construction of the building and over fees paid to the architectural firm of Barber and Barber raged throughout 1884 and 1885. Towards the end of its life, before its replacement with the third and current City Hall, discussion raged over its demolition or preservation. The new building, with its turrets and picturesque clock, embodied the spirit of the times. Demolished in 1962.