Toronto's Doors are open! Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2003|
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4th annual DOORS OPEN TORONTO
Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2003
Toronto Culture - Toronto will open its doors to tens of thousands of people on
Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 as 135 Toronto buildings of architectural
and historic significance welcome visitors for FREE! Many participating
buildings are not normally open to the public.
DOORS OPEN TORONTO is organized by the City of Toronto Culture Division, but
the program is supported by a corps of some 1,000 volunteers. The Chair of the
Volunteer Committee, Neil Wright, says the volunteers are more committed than
ever to ensure that DOORS OPEN TORONTO 2003 is a success. "My volunteers want
people to know that nothing, but nothing will stop this city."
Organizers encourage residents and visitors alike to participate in this great
urban adventure. In 2002, DOORS OPEN TORONTO logged over 136,000 visits to 123
participating buildings and at least that many people are expected this year.
Toronto's Doors Open initiative has been so successful in engaging people in
their city that New York City is launching a similar initiative this fall based
on the Toronto experience. Returning favourites to Doors Open 2003 include last
year's most visited site, Osgoode Hall (9,000 people in two days); Le Royal
Meridien King Edward, celebrating its 100th anniversary; and the Jami Mosque,
the GTA's first mosque, located in a former west-end Presbyterian church.
The success of DOORS OPEN TORONTO is largely the result of the more than 100
building owners, businesses and other organizations who generously open their
doors and provide free guided tours because of their commitment to this city.
DOORS OPEN TORONTO enables residents and tourists alike to visit buildings, to
which they would not normally have access. There are many ways to explore the
city - you can map out your route thematically such as tours of faith and
worship, arts, historic sites along the waterfront, buildings celebrating
significant anniversaries, family-friendly venues and more. New highlights this
year include the official opening of The Distillery Historic District (formerly
known as Gooderham & Worts Distillery), The Carlu, the stunning restoration of
the Eaton Auditorium and Round Room in College Park, and Regent Park, Canada's
largest and oldest social housing project.
DOORS OPEN TORONTO is presented by the Toronto Star. Corporate sponsors are
Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd. and Clifford Restoration Limited. Media sponsors
are CBC Radio One and CBC Television. Community partners include Heritage
Toronto and Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Several of the city's leading architectural firms, developers and business
organizations have decided to donate funds to help promote DOORS OPEN TORONTO
this year. Donors include ERA Architects, Inc., Goldsmith Borgal & Company
Ltd. Architects, Harbord Street Association B.I.A., Hariri Pontarini
Architects, Harry M. Lay, Architect, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg
Architects, Loblaw Properties, Ltd., Chocolate Company Lofts, Quadrangle
Architects Limited, The Ventin Group Architects, Ltd., Wittington Properties
DOORS OPEN TORONTO creates free access to, heightens awareness of and generates
excitement about our city. Visit: www.doorsopen.org for complete program
information. Building hours vary; many are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one or
both days. Be sure to confirm times for each site when planning your route.
The official Program Guide will be published in the Toronto Star on Thursday,
May 15, 2003. No pre-registration or tickets required. Admission is FREE! For
public event information please call: 416-338-3888.