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Toronto

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Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One weekend every year, Doors Open Toronto provides an opportunity to explore some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city – many of which are not usually open to the public.

This event also features walking tours, a speaker series, music series and other special programs. All activities are free, but some require advance registration.

Explore Toronto's buildings!

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Film: The great romance

For 2018, Doors Open Toronto will shine the spotlight on the city’s film and television industry. Visit historical cinemas, film and television studios, post-production houses, digital media studios, artist-run centres as well as buildings that have been featured in film and television.

With more than 1,400 on-location film, television and digital media productions taking place in the city each year, Toronto is North America’s third-largest screen-based production centre, and the heart of Canada’s film and television sector.

For full event details and a complete list of participating buildings, visit our website in early May.

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Become a volunteer

Interested in historical architecture? In contemporary architecture? Talking to fellow Torontonians? Doors Open Toronto 2018 is seeking volunteers!

We have positions to assist at buildings and walking tours, and to provide information to patrons. Learn about volunteering opportunities at a recruitment session: April 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. or May 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at City Hall, Room 2.

Find more information at our website, call 416-392-9315 or email spevvol@toronto.ca.

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Contact info

Telephone: 416-395-7381
Email: doorsopen@toronto.ca
Website: www.toronto.ca/doorsopen

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Bata Shoe Museum Doors Open Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum is North America's world-renowned shoe museum, housed in Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama's award-winning five-floor structure. The idea of the museum as a container came from the array of shoe boxes that house the rare and priceless artifacts, protecting them from light, moisture and dust.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

327 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-979-7799
www.batashoemuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1995
Architect: Raymond Moriyama
Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Citytv Building Doors Open Toronto

Citytv Building

The Citytv Building is a studio complex located at Yonge-Dundas Square. Built in 2004, the building was originally 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 the new home of four Toronto television stations: City, Omni 1, Omni 2 and CityNews.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Women's history

Contact info

33 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario
www.citytv.com/toronto

Architecture

Year built: 2004
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday May 27, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daniels Building Doors Open Toronto

Daniels Building

A merging of 19th- and 21st-century architecture, the Daniels Building parallels the history of the city itself. The original neo-Gothic building was the home of Knox College, a Presbyterian theological school. To create the new John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, the historical building was pared back to its roots, restoring original details.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1 Spadina Crescent
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-978-5038
www.daniels.utoronto.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Architect: Smith & Gemmel
Architectural style: Gothic revival

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

District 28 Doors Open Toronto

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District 28

District 28 is home to two beautiful production studios, a screening room, bistro and a creative co-work space. The space is a media and creative hub in Toronto, inspiring and bringing together all creative types. With an onsite editing suite and screening room, District 28 has all the amenities needed to bring creative projects to life.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

28 Logan Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-224-2369
http://district28.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Doors Open Toronto

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

During Doors Open, take a closer look at the historical Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre – the last operating double-decker theatre facility in the world. These stacked Vaudevillian-era theatres were saved from demolition in 1981 by the Ontario Heritage Trust. Volunteers will answer questions as you explore the building. No food or beverages allowed. Photography permitted (no tripods).

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

Contact info

189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-314-2901
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

Architecture

Year built: 1913-14
Architect: Thomas Lamb (designer)
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Evergreen Brick Works Doors Open Toronto

Evergreen Brick Works

This site is a Toronto landmark and a dominant feature in the Don Valley. 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. The Kilns building is currently being transformed into a year-round facility, striving for carbon neutrality.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

300-550 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-596-1495
www.evergreen.ca/evergreen-brick-works

Architecture

Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fool's Paradise Doors Open Toronto

Fool's Paradise

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 now operating there. They can also explore the beautiful grounds, with gardens, a large pond and spectacular views of the Scarborough Bluffs.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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
  • Women's history

Contact info

1 Meadowcliffe Drive
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-325-5000
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/dmair

Architecture

Year built: 1940
Architect: Forest Tefler/Doris McCarthy
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

George Brown House Doors Open Toronto

George Brown House

George Brown House is historically significant for its association with Father of Confederation, Globe newspaper founder and leading abolitionist George Brown (1818-80). In 1989, the Ontario Heritage Trust restored the building to its original state. Highlights include the art nouveau dining room, gracious front hall and Brown’s library. The site is often featured on the CBC television show "Murdoch Mysteries."

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

186 Beverley Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-325-5000

Architecture

Year built: 1876
Architect: William Irving; Edward Hutchins
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical house, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historic Zion Schoolhouse Doors Open Toronto

Historic Zion Schoolhouse

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 it closed 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Women's history

Contact info

1091 Finch Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-395-7435

Architecture

Year built: 1869
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Revue Cinema, The Doors Open Toronto

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Revue Cinema, The

The Revue Cinema is the oldest purpose-built movie theatre still regularly used for exhibiting films in Toronto. Continually showing movies since its opening in 1912, the Revue is a monument to the mass phenomenon of movie-going, which exploded throughout North America and Europe in the early years of the 20th century. The Revue’s programming covers the gamut of cinema history.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

400 Roncesvalles Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-531-9950
www.revuecinema.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1912
Architectural style: Art deco, Edwardian
Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Seneca@York Campus - Stephen E. Quinlan Building Doors Open Toronto

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Seneca@York Campus - Stephen E. Quinlan Building

Designed by renowned architect Raymond Moriyama, this building opened in 1999 and was immediately heralded for its contemporary design features. Visitors to the Stephen E. Quinlan Building will immediately be struck by the architectural features of the building – an openness filled with natural light and wide spaces for movement and exploration.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

70 The Pond Road
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-491-5050
www.senecacollege.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1999
Architect: Moriyama and Teshima Architects
Building type: Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens Doors Open Toronto

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens
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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

285 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/spadina-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1866; 1896
Architect: Original unknown; 1896, Vaux Chadwick
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

University of Toronto - McLennan Physical Laboratories Doors Open Toronto

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University of Toronto - McLennan Physical Laboratories

For 50 years, the McLennan Physical Laboratories have been the home of cutting-edge research in physics, astrophysics and astronomy – carried out by scientists trying to understand everything from quarks to climate change to gravitational waves. It is one of the tallest public buildings on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

60 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-978-2231
www.physics.utoronto.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1967
Architect: Shore and Moffat
Architectural style: Post-modern

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

William F. White Centre Doors Open Toronto

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William F. White Centre

Since 1963, this operation has become one of the world’s premier rental facilities, offering the widest inventory of state-of-the-art professional production equipment in Canada. In 2010, the company moved into this new home – a multimillion-dollar production complex that serves industry professionals while offering a full range of production and related support services – all under one roof.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

800 Islington Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-239-5050
www.whites.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.