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May 28, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Join us for the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto – presented by Great Gulf

This event offers free and rare access to more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. More than 30 of this year's buildings are participating for the first time.

The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of "Re-used, Re-visited and Revised" explores the adaptive repurposing of buildings throughout Toronto's architectural history.

For the first-time ever, Doors Open Toronto will feature a keynote speaker – acclaimed designer Karim Rashid. With over 3,000 designs in production and more than 300 awards, Rashid is regarded as one of the most prolific designers of his generation. More details about this event will be announced in May.

Other exciting elements offered this year are the themed walking tours sponsored by the Carpenters' Union and activities at City Hall. The tours and the City Hall activities will delve into the stories, histories and rebirth of a variety of Toronto's neighbourhoods.

The popular OpenInsights speaker series returns as well, covering current topics in design, architecture and the revitalization of Toronto.

Doors Open Toronto is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with community partners.

For more information about Doors Open Toronto, visit our website.

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A wide range of adult and youth volunteer opportunities are available at many buildings participating in Doors Open Toronto. Volunteers are ambassadors for this event and for the City of Toronto.

Please contact the City of Toronto at spevvol@toronto.ca for more details. Information on upcoming recruitment sessions will be emailed.

All volunteers are guaranteed a one-hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks if committed to an eight-hour shift.

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

401 Richmond Street West

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-595-5900, ext. 0
Year built: 1899
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This heritage-designated industrial building was constructed in 1899 for the Macdonald Manufacturing Company and once was a tin factory known for its lithographic work. The current occupants – artists, cultural producers and micro-enterprises – echo that artistic lineage. The original character and architectural features of the renovated building have been preserved and green elements added, including a roof garden and interior courtyard.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Deaf Culture Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
15 Mill Street (Distillery District)
Toronto, Ontario
Year built: 1946-2000
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, a non-profit charitable organization, aims to preserve, encourage and advance the arts and culture of Canada's deaf population. The centre features performing and visual arts, media arts and literature reflecting deaf heritage. The space is imbued with bold colour and movement. Enjoy a self-guided tour. Volunteer interpreters and staff will answer questions.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Design Exchange

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
234 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-363-6121
Year built: 1937
Architect: George & Moorhouse with S.H. Maw (1937); KPMB Architects (renovation 1994)
Style: Art deco
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At the Design Exchange – Canada's only cultural institution dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence – visitors can take a self-guided tour of a modern art deco-style interior that conveys elegance and achievement. Murals by artist Charles F. Comfort on the historical trading floor, as well as accents of warm wood and cool marble, combine to create a stunning scene.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Downsview Park Sports Centre - True North Climbing

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
75 Carl Hill Road, Unit 14
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-398-7625
Year built: 1900-45
Building type: Attraction, Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Formerly an aircraft hangar for the de Havilland Aircraft Company and the Canadian Forces, this 45,058-square-metre (485,000-square-foot) multipurpose facility now attracts visitors of all ages and interests to activities year-round. During Doors Open Toronto, True North Climbing will offer one free climb to all visitors. Visit their website for details and to complete a waiver.
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.
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
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
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.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms

Montgomery's Inn

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4709 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-394-8113
Year built: 1830
Style: Georgian
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This building is considered one of the finest examples of Loyalist or late-Georgian architecture in Ontario. Original owners Thomas and Margaret Montgomery, Irish immigrants, operated it as a tavern until Margaret's death in 1855. The inn has been restored as a mid-19th-century tavern, a reminder of the pivotal role that inns played as community hubs in the settlement of Ontario.
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms

Moriyama & Teshima Architects

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
117 George Street, ground floor
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-925-4484
Year built: 1800s
Building type: Commercial
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This award-winning Canadian architecture firm is known internationally for the civic, cultural and educational buildings it designs. It occupies a circa 1800s building in the historical Old Town neighborhood. Earliest records show that the building has housed various industries, including a food-testing laboratory. The space retains its old industrial roots, with high ceilings and wood-beam and post construction.
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.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms

QRC West

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
134 Peter Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-977-9002
Year built: 2015
Architect: Sweeney&Co Architects Inc.
Building type: Commercial, Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This landmark development, a model of urban intensification and adaptive reuse, features a modernized historical building and a stunning new tower. QRC West elegantly merges the past, present and future in a prominent urban setting, providing space with character and impact for forward-looking companies.
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
285 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
Year built: 1866; 1896
Architect: Original unknown; 1896, Vaux Chadwick
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This elegant house was built for Toronto financier James Austin in 1866. A recent restoration, using letters, photos and other archival documents as references, has made the Spadina residence an authentic recreation of what it looked like in the 1920s and 1930s – the only historical Toronto site representing that time period. Co-owned by the City and the Ontario Heritage Trust.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Tyndale University College & Seminary

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3377 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-226-6620
Year built: 1960
Architect: Marani & Morris Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The architecture of this campus is a unique mixture of old and new styles. The most breathtaking space is the chapel, designed by Roy Wagner. It was built using materials from across the world, including six different types of marble from Italy and Portugal, and woods such as mahogany and Canadian white oak.