Quinte, On. real estate agent: The Clock Tower in Trenton

The Clock Tower in Trenton

trenton ontarioThe clock tower in Trenton sits squarely smack-dab in the middle of the down town core. It's an attractive old structure that seems to be affixed to a 1970's style building that used to serve as Trenton's city hall. It's pretty obvious which of the two different styles of architecture has withstood the test of time.

The building isn't used for anything now. It was bought by private interests about five years ago for a pittance and has remained untouched since then. This is a really big shame. This building could play a very useful role in the community with its central location and its elevator inside. It was built to be accesible and now all of that is going to waste.

There's a parking garage in the back, and it's all locked up and the concrete is starting to crumble and when you walk by you can hear the constant dripping of water. Years ago the kids in Trenton used to have a maze and activity centre in the garage on halloween, but now it's chained up and off limits to everyone.

The people who bought the building do not appear to be willing to do anything with it. They are from Toronto and I suppose that they don't see any value to this structure beyond their own financial interest in it. I can't claim to know what their motivation is, however, it's a pity to see a facility like this standing dormant in the middle of downtown. I hope something is done soon before the neglect causes irreversible damage to the structure. In my opinion, it feels like this building is being held for some sort of ransom. This should be a lesson to communities when they sell off important assets.

In the meantime, the tower is still an attractive building to look at and it towers above the other buildings downtown. I do wish that someone would reset the clocks so they displayed the correct time though.

Comment balloon 11 commentsMalcolm Johnston • May 29 2011 10:56AM


Malcolm, I believe your clock tower will succumb to "highest and best use". I am sure they purchased it for the prime real estate and it will meet the wrecking ball in the not to distant future.

Posted by Kathy Denworth, Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo (Century 21 Schwartz Realty) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm, it would be nice if they kept the tower as part of their new develpment.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Kathy, I hope not, sometime's "highest and best use" can be a short sighted concept. 

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 8 years ago

Janice, I would really hope that the tower is kept intact.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 8 years ago

Hi Malcolm, I hope the clock tower can survive the wrecking ball, but it doesn't sound like anyone is going to maintain it. 

Posted by Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066 (Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm - That's so sad.  It's such a pretty tower, and I imagine it's far older than the '70's building it's attached to.  I would hate to see the clock stopped in time.  Perhaps the community could start a "save the clocktower" petition if it's ever threatened with the wrecking ball.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 8 years ago

Hi Malcolm,

Pretty cool tower, one has to question the sanity of the people that decided to attached this ugly box to it, and as always, eventually reality sets it becomes a real problem to retain a piece of history worth preserving.

the inherent problem with short term fixes

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) almost 8 years ago


I remember when this property was for sale. I thought that the best use was a plaza.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 8 years ago

Liz, I hope they keep it intact too. It would be expensive to rebuild.

Sally, I think a lot of people would be sad if it was taken down.

Peter and Linda, it would seem there was a lot of insanity in the 1970's when it came to constructing buildings.

Brian, that's interesting, it would be nice to see it retrofitted, and a plaza would be a good use for it indeed.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 8 years ago

That tower is so grand looking! I would love to know the history of that tower! Thanks for sharing the photo!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

It should be a vital part of the community Malcolm, hopefully the new owners will do something soon.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago