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May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Join us for the 18th annual Doors Open Toronto event, presented by Great Gulf

This year, we will offer an exclusive look into more than 150 of Toronto's most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

This year's theme, Fifteen Decades of Canadian Architecture, honours Canada's 150th birthday as part of the City of Toronto's year-long program: TO Canada with Love. The event will showcase buildings pre-dating Confederation and from each decade onwards. Other event highlights include the OpenInsights speakers series and special programs.

Full program details and a complete list of participating buildings will be available at our website in early May.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Ontario 150

City and OMNI Television - Rogers Studio

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
33 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Year built: 2004
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Built in 2004, this building was home to Olympic Spirit Toronto – an Olympic-themed entertainment attraction – until 2006. The building was acquired by Rogers Media Inc. in 2007 and is now called City Building. It is the home of Rogers’ Toronto television stations and features live broadcasts such as Breakfast Television, Cityline, CityNews and OMNI News.

Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
Ontario 150

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-314-2901
Year built: 1914
Architect: Thomas Lamb (designer)
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.; last admission at 3:30 p.m.

Take a front-of-house look at the historical Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, the last operating double-decker theatre facility in the world. Doors Open provides a great opportunity to see the theatres. Volunteers will answer questions as visitors explore the building on their own. Photography permitted (no tripods).

Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
Ontario 150

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
106 Trinity Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-863-0284
Year built: 1848
Building type: Museum
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Built in 1848, this charming one-room schoolhouse is one of the oldest in Toronto. Established by Enoch Turner, a wealthy local brewer, it was the city’s first free school. Today, this historical schoolhouse is owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and operated as a provincially significant heritage site, public museum and conference and special events venue.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario 150

Evergreen Brick Works

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
300-550 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-596-1495
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From 1889 to 1989, this site was an operating brick works. Since 1992, Evergreen has developed and adapted the 16 historically significant buildings to meet the needs of the community. This year, The Kilns building is being transformed into a year-round facility, striving for carbon neutrality.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
Ontario 150

Fool's Paradise

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 Meadowcliffe Drive
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-325-5000
Landscape type: Garden
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ontario Heritage Trust staff will tell visitors about Doris McCarthy, a key figure in Canada’s artistic community, and the experience she had building Fool’s Paradise. Visitors can tour McCarthy’s eccentric house/studio and learn about the  artist-in-residence program operating there. They can explore the beautiful grounds, with gardens, a large pond and spectacular views of the Scarborough Bluffs.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Ontario 150

Historic Zion Schoolhouse

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1091 Finch Avenue East
North York, Ontario
Telephone: 416-395-7435
Year built: 1869
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This schoolhouse was built in 1869 by the farming families of the rural community known as L'Amoreaux. Several generations of children attended the school until its closure in 1955. One of hundreds of schoolhouses that used to dot the Ontario landscape, the Zion Schoolhouse serves as a rare reminder of how education was provided in rural areas in the past.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario 150

Horse Palace

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
91 Manitoba Drive
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-808-1700
Year built: 1931
Architect: J.J. Woolnough
Style: Art deco
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This site is one of the finest art deco buildings in the city. The Toronto Police Mounted Unit has had a connection to the Horse Palace since it first opened its doors for the 1931 Winter Fair. Following renovations in 1999, it became the permanent home of the Mounted Unit and their 24 horses.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario 150

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
30 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-969-8510, ext. 3472
Year built: 2008
Architect: 2010, Levitt Goodman Architects
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The headquarters for Native Child and Family Services of Toronto has strong Aboriginal features throughout. These features include the bold entrance sign in the shape of an Ojibwa hand drum, the patterned floor inspired by beadwork, the award-winning longhouse, and the green roof used to grow traditional medicines and crops.

Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Self-guided tours available
Ontario 150

Ontario Heritage Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
10 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-325-5000
Year built: 1909
Architect: George Gouinlock
Style: Edwardian
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Ontario Heritage Centre, where staff will be available to answer questions about the building and its owner, the Ontario Heritage Trust. Among the many interesting features of this building, constructed in 1909, are the two gallery spaces with mezzanines, oak-panelled oval board room, original manually operated elevator and period washrooms.

Partial wheelchair access
Guided tours available
Ontario 150

Royal Canadian Yacht Club Island Clubhouse

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2 Chippewa Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-967-7245
Year built: 1922
Architect: John M. Lyle
Style: Neoclassical
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In 1919, Edward, Prince of Wales, laid the cornerstone for the two-storey southern-style clubhouse that is the summer home of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Highlights include a dining room looking to the city and a large ballroom with murals by Owen Staples. Also, view the commemorative capstan honouring club members who served in the First and Second World Wars.

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario 150

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 Front Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-368-6161
Year built: 1959-60
Architect: Peter Dickinson and Earle C. Morgan of Page & Steele Architects
Building type: Attraction, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Canada's largest soft-seated theatre is an innovative example of modern design and is particularly distinguished by the monumental cantilevered canopy that faces Front Street East. The interior design includes: Carrara marble, cherry wood, limestone and bronze; an iconic 30-metre-wide mural by Toronto-born artist R. York Wilson (“The Seven Lively Arts”); a double-height foyer with coffered ceilings; and granite cantilevered staircases.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Ontario 150

Toronto Centre for the Arts

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5040 Yonge Street
North York, Ontario
Telephone: 416-733-9388
Year built: 1993
Architect: Eberhard Zeidler
Style: Art deco
Building type: Attraction, Theatre
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Once best known for presenting Tony Award-winning musicals, the Centre is now a versatile, multi-disciplinary facility. In 2016, the main stage was reconstructed into two separate, intimate spaces: the atmospheric Lyric Theatre and the elegant Greenwin Theatre. The George Weston Recital Hall remains a highlight with its near perfect acoustics, and the black-box Studio Theatre is perfect for smaller productions.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Ontario 150

Toronto-Dominion Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
66 Wellington Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Year built: 1967
Architect: Mies van der Rohe
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

These towers are clad with bronze-coloured glass and black-painted steel, with steel I-beam mullions attached to the exterior. A leading example of the International Style in Canada, the Toronto-Dominion Centre altered the Toronto cityscape and influenced many buildings throughout the country. About 21,000 people work in the complex, making it the largest in Canada.