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May 23, 2015 - May 24, 2015

The 16th annual Doors Open Toronto – presented by Great Gulf – returns with free and rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

In honour of the upcoming TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games, this year's theme of Sports, Recreation and Leisure offers attendees a sneak peek inside private and public recreational sites, ranging from aquatic centres to athletics stadiums. The building lineup includes the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and the Toronto Track and Field Centre, which will serve as athlete training and warm-up facilities during the Games.

Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 650 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design. It is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.

Doors Open Toronto welcomes visitors into the city's hidden architectural gems.

Our volunteers are interested in the arts, architecture and the history of Toronto, and have a willingness to talk with the general public. See www.toronto.ca/doorsopen to learn more.

The information sessions for Doors Open Toronto will be held on March 2 and March 23, April 20 and May 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, in Committee Room #2. You'll learn about all of our 2015 events, not just DOT, including Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and others.

Please email spevvol@toronto.ca or call the Coordinator of Volunteers at 416-392-9315 for more info or to register for an information session.

We hope you decide to join us!

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Aga Khan Museum, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
77 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-646-4677
Year built: 2014
Architect: Fumihiko Maki
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Aga Khan Museum offers visitors a window into worlds unknown or unfamiliar: the artistic, intellectual and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries, from the Iberian Peninsula to China. The most notable feature of the building, designed by Fumihiko Maki, is the constant presence of light outlining exterior and interior spaces, including galleries, classrooms and a 350-seat theatre.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

CJ Skateboard Park & School

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
60 Horner Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-259-6888
Year built: Unknown
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The CJ Skateboard Park & School is the world's fourth-largest not-for-profit skateboard park, with 2,600 square metres (28,000 square feet) of indoor skateboarding space. The facility contains a variety of skateboarding obstacles, including bowls, mini ramps, vertical ramps – one of them the largest in Canada – and a street area featuring a replica of an outdoor skate park.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

Community Association for Riders with Disabilities (CARD)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4777 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-667-8600
Year built: 1979
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
CARD, built in 1979, was the first therapeutic riding centre in Canada. Princess Anne attended the grand opening of the building, which is situated on 0.8 hectares (2.0 acres) of land in Toronto. The association offers horseback riding as therapy and has a large indoor heated arena, a 19-stall barn, three paddocks and a viewing area.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

Downsview Park Sports Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
75 Carl Hall Road
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-398-7625
Year built: 1929
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This site, which once housed de Havilland Aircraft of Canada, an assembly and repair facility that worked on aircraft flown in the Second World War, later became a Canadian Forces base. Today, the centre is a 45,000-square-metre (484-square-foot) multi-purpose recreational facility and home to Grand Prix Kartways, the National Squash Academy and True North Climbing – Toronto's tallest rock climbing gym.
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

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: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; last admission at 4 p.m.
Take a front-of-house look at the historical Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, the last double-decker theatre facility in the world. Doors Open provides a great opportunity to see parts of the theatres usually closed to the public. Staff will answer questions as visitors explore the building on their own. Photography permitted (no tripods).
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

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.; special performances in partnership with Kaeja d"Dance at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. each day
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 new artist-in-residence program operating there. They can explore the beautiful grounds, with gardens, a large pond and spectacular views of the Scarborough Bluffs.
Partial wheelchair access
Self-guided tours available

Hariri Pontarini Architects - Parisian Laundry Building

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
602 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-929-4901
Year built: 1904
Architect: Henry Simpson
Building type: Commercial
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The post-industrial, three-and-a half-storey Parisian Laundry Building includes multiple storefront spaces, office towers and renovated garages, and is home to Hariri Potarini Architects, a group of architects responsible for completing projects in Toronto and abroad, including One Bloor East. The company’s one-of-a-kind offices have high ceilings and timber pillars. Come and see this space and take a self-guided tour.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

High Park - Production Greenhouses

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 Greenhouse Avenue
Toronto , Ontario
Telephone: 416-392-0300
Year built: 1956
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Since 1956, these greenhouses in High Park have produced millions of annuals and perennials for use in Toronto's extensive park system. The nine interconnected greenhouses provide a glimpse of how plants are seeded, propagated, grown and distributed across the city. Every year, the plant material for six plant displays at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatories is produced here.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Ismaili Centre Toronto

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
49 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-646-6965
Year built: 2014
Architect: Charles Correa Associates
Style: International
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
The new Ismaili Centre is a place of worship and education, featuring a unique prayer hall with a crystalline glass-domed roof that lights up the skyline. The roof is composed of structural steel trusses of various depths and dimensions, covered by a double layer of glass. A lounge, library and classrooms are on the main floor.
Partial wheelchair access
Guided tours available

Masonic Temple, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
888 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 1-888-670-8889, ext. 3059
Year built: 1917
Architect: W.J. Sparling
Style: Beaux arts
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Completed in 1917, this building was added to Toronto’s inventory of heritage properties in 1974. From the 1930s to the 1960s, ballroom events and concerts by famous musicians – Frank Sinatra, Bing Cosby, The Ramones, Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner and others – took place here. Info-Tech Research Group purchased the building in 2013. Enjoy a guided tour during this Doors Open event.
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Self-guided tours available

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.
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

University of Toronto - Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
100 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-946-0400
Year built: 2012-14
Architect: Patkau Architects Inc. and MacLennan Jaunkalns
Style: International
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This multi-storey centre is a designated TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games training facility. The award-winning centre was designed to accommodate the requirements of the community and professional athletes. It contains a variety of facilities, including a 2,000-seat; internationally rated field house for basketball, volleyball and other court sports; a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning centre; and a sports medicine clinic.
Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

York University - Glendon Athletic Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-487-6717
Year built: 1964
Architect: Peter Allward and George Gouinlock
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Glendon Athletic Club is a full-service athletic facility that has served York University and the local community since 1964. Located on the Don River and surrounded by remarkable forest scenery and outdoor trails, the facility includes the Proctor Field House building, a 23-metre (25-yard) pool, squash courts, soccer field, baseball diamond, boxing studio and cricket pitch.