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Photograph-Japanese Tea at Civic Centre
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Title: Photograph-Japanese Tea at Civic Centre
Identifier: 2006.4.116.12
Donor: City of Mississauga
Item Date: 1980-1985
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Black and white photograph; image does not cover entire paper. Photograph of a young Japanese woman scooping out tea from a large container. The young woman, Kimiko Watanabe, looks to be kneeling on a table or a raised platform; an older Japanese woman is kneeling behind her. Both ladies are wearing kimonos. Around the room there are various people sitting down in chairs drinking tea. Another woman dressed in a kimono is standing up in the room and is serving the guests that are seated. Actual image size is 13 cm H X 19.5 cm W.

Part of a Japanese Tea Ceremony taken at the Civic Centre.

In 1971 city council moved their offices from Cooksville to a six storey office building located at 1 City Centre Drive. As the region expanded, new offices were required to meet the growing staff, and plans for a new City Hall and Civic Centre to be built at a new downtown located at Burnhamthorpe west of Hurontario were created. In 1982, the city held a national competition among architects to find a new design for the structure, for which the honours went to Jones and Kirkland Architects. Mississauga's new Civic Centre opened in 1987.

The new Centre, which was built at a debt-free cost of $59.5 million, is used for government and community purposes. Highlights of the building include the Great Hall, and the Great Stair, which consists of 79 marble and granite steps and measures 17 metres high and 6 metres wide.

REF: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/allhistoricimages?paf_gear_id=13400033&imageId=60800018&index=4&returnUrl=%2Fportal%2Fresidents%2Fallhistoricimages and http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/civicfacilities?paf_gear_id=9700018&itemId=6900002
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