Doors Open Toronto 2012 - Sunday May 27, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come Join Us At Doors Open Toronto 2012!

135 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and/or social significance open their doors to the public.

Admission is FREE.

This year's theme is 200 Years of Building the Urban City

In commemoration of the War of 1812 bicentennial, this year's Doors Open Toronto theme is 200 Years of Building the Urban City. More than 135 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings will highlight their city builders; the fascinating personalities who shaped Toronto's architecture and history.Visit buildings of architectural and/or historic significance, many which are not normally open to the public.

The 2012 building roster can now be found here:

http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/culture/doorsopen.nsf/BuildingsAll?OpenView&count=999

The official site of the 2012 Doors open is http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen/

 

We will be meeting on the steps in front of the Old City Hall building at Queen and Bay Streets On Sunday May 27th, 2012, at 12pm

The buildings we plan to see (in order of proximity from our meeting place at Old City Hall) are as follows:

1.  Old City Hall

Old City Hall is designed in the Romanesque Revival style. Lennox's design created one of the most magnificent buildings on the North American continent at the time.

UPDATE: As Angelo has pointed out below in the comments, picture taking may not be allowed at Old City Hall inside. As a result, although we will meet there on the steps outside, we may decide to proceed to Osgoode Hall straightaway. Of course if there are those who do wish to go into Old City Hall without taking photos, that is perfectly fine as well.

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2. Osgoode Hall

130 Queen St W


Osgoode Hall opened in 1832 and remains a Toronto landmark and a hub of legal life in Ontario. A fence (1867), renowned for its gates, surrounds the property and its beautiful grounds. Highlights include: the Atrium with its geometric tile floor; 19th century courtrooms; the Great Library; the East Wing, the oldest part of the building; and Convocation Hall, better known as the Osgoode Hall Restaurant.

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3. Campbell House Museum

160 Queen St W


Campbell House is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture from Toronto's earliest days. Built in 1822 for Sir William Campbell, the sixth Chief Justice of Upper Canada, and his wife Hannah, the home originally overlooked the harbour from high ground at Frederick and Adelaide streets. Threatened with demolition in 1972, the house was saved by The Advocates' Society, who moved the 300-ton structure to its current site and restored the building, returning the interior spaces to their former elegance. Campbell House operates as a museum, art gallery, theatre, and special events venue.

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4. Canada Life

330 University Ave

Canada Life's majestic building was designed to symbolize the company's stability. At 17 stories and 276 feet, it was the tallest building on University Ave when completed on March 16, 1931. The weather beacon was added in 1951. Described as neo-classical or Beaux Arts style, the lobby is impressive with many interesting features.

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5. John St. Roundhouse - Steam Whistle Brewing

255 Bremner Blvd

The CPR John Street Roundhouse, stunning home of Steam Whistle Brewing, is located steps from the CN Tower. Built in 1929, The Roundhouse originally serviced over 50 locomotives a day from Union Station. At its centre, a rotating turntable moved trains into bays for repair. The Roundhouse was the first to use a new clean air and energy conservation system, called "the direct steaming system", which improved train maintenance, fuel consumption and working conditions. Over the decades passenger rail service declined and the facility closed in 1988. In 1999, Steam Whistle Brewing breathed new life into the building, renovating with an eye to preserve the original post and beam construction. The brewery opened its doors to the public as part of Doors Open Toronto 2000. Inside are the Brewery's manufacturing facilities as well as a retail store/gallery and events venue. The building’s exterior walls are almost entirely made up of multi-paned windows, filling the vaulted 30 ft. interior with natural light. The original Douglas Fir posts support the sloped cedar roof. Throughout The Roundhouse, catwalks and exposed brick retain the feel of the building's original use.

 

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  • Noreen J.

    Had a great time.

    May 29, 2012

  • Todd B.

    It was a good opportunity to meet a lot of like minded people.

    May 28, 2012

  • Alex R.

    What a good opportunity to get to know more about the magnificent buildings and the history of the wonderful city that Toronto is while creating photographs!

    May 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My First meeting, and it was fun! Very Friendly Group and Looking forward to participate again!

    May 28, 2012

  • Eszter P.

    Unfortunately I missed the group but did the tour on my own, it was great to see these buildings. I wish I had more time.

    May 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great choice of buildings and lots of time provided to wander round. Friendly group.

    May 28, 2012

  • Grecel N.

    Except for Canada Life, I enjoyed all the venues we visited. Overall experience was good. It was nice to meet new people and hanging out afterwards at Steam Whistle Brewery.

    May 28, 2012

  • Emma

    It was really great! I enjoyed taking photos and buildings. I was so impressed by osgoode hall library..steve and group people are so friendly. Excited to join next meeting! :)

    May 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was really amazing, thank you very much! Excited for the next!!!

    May 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was in Fort York. I was amazing. As Lina siad, I hope everybody enjoyed

    May 27, 2012

  • Lina Melda T.

    It was so much fun.. I had to leave early due to the fact that my camera's battery died. Hope to meet everyone again!

    May 27, 2012

  • Emma

    Hey.. You all moved to Campbell house already?

    May 27, 2012

  • Emma

    Oh.. I thought all come to osgoods hall. I'm here now. Waiting for you all:)

    May 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Pia everyone is inside and will meet again at the front stairs outside at 12:45pm.

    May 27, 2012

  • Pia

    I ran late it's 12:15 I'm outside city hall @ meetup point. Did u move to ogood hall already?

    May 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Stephen!

    May 27, 2012

  • Stephen J.

    Angelo, I was not aware that picture taking would not be allowed inside city hall. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. We may just start our tour at Osgoode Hall.

    May 27, 2012

  • Stephen J.

    Paula, I've added you to the list of attendees. Please feel free to come out today. :)

    May 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    RSVP Closed??? Ah so sad!!!! Please let me know if there is one more place...

    May 26, 2012

  • Angelo P.

    Does anyone know that there will be no pictures taking at Old City Hall..

    May 26, 2012

  • David L.

    I heard that the City Hall observation deck is going to be open, Shame it's going to rain though, That is such a rare occurrence, I remember going up there when I was a child. It's been closed to the public since.

    May 26, 2012

  • Angelo

    Excellent, thx. Stephen !! Cheers !

    May 7, 2012

  • Stephen J.

    Hey Angelo... We will be walking as a group. :)

    April 21, 2012

  • Angelo

    this sounds great, i missed it last year !! so how do we get around ? is it up to us, or do we walk as a group ?

    April 19, 2012

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