MARKET SQUARE BELLEVILLE
The market has played a major role in Belleville’s history. The original town plan of 1816 reserved land for a market, immediately east of this site. In the 1840s this site was chosen and market building was erected at the east end in 1849. A larger market building (now City Hall) was erected in 1872-73. Market Square has been designated by council to be of historic value because of the importance of agriculture to Belleville’s growth.
Market Square was reconstructed in 1996 with the generous assistance of the businesses of downtown Belleville.
W.R. White Architecture Limited
Dutoit Allsopp Hillier Mirtren Contractors Limited
GPS Location: 44° 09’ 45.68” N 77° 22’ 58.86” W (44.16250000, -77.38277778)
Street Location: Behind City Hall on Front Street.
This historic market is open three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, year-round. It is situated directly behind City Hall. It has operated in this location since 1816. Belleville City Hall, now the seat of municipal government, originally housed an indoor market on the first floor and a multi-purpose public hall, auditorium, municipal office and council chamber on the second floor. Extensive renovations to the City Hall building in the 1980s pushed the market outdoors, where it is now accommodated under open-sided roofing structures.