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May 20, 2003
Market Gallery celebrates architecture and Doors Open Toronto
  
A Record Preserved: Toronto's 20th Century Architecture in the Archives of
Ontario is currently on display at the Market Gallery until June 22. This is a
joint exhibit between the City of Toronto's Culture division and the Archives
of Ontario.

Visit the Market Gallery on Saturday, May 24 to see the exhibit and, as part of
Doors Open Toronto, take in special tours or presentations. Discover the
history of the South St. Lawrence Market and the surrounding historic
neighbourhood - the site of Toronto's settlement in 1793 as the Town of York.
After the short presentations is a rare opportunity to visit the vault to see
many paintings from the City's art collection, including 19th century portraits
of mayors, which originally hung in the second floor council chamber.
Presentations begin on the hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. followed by visits
to the vault in groups of up to 15 people.

The current exhibition, A Record Preserved, documents the changing landscape of
Toronto from 1907 to 1987. Until the 1960s, Toronto's architecture adapted
traditional, "old world" forms and recent innovations from the United States
and Europe. Middle-class residential design featured colonial-revival styles
such as mock Tudor, Arts and Crafts and neo-Georgian. By the late 1920s, Art
Deco influenced office buildings, museums, department stores and even churches.
By mid-century, Toronto architecture took its first steps toward modernism, as
seen in buildings such as the innovative Benvenuto Apartment/Hotel and the
O'Keefe Centre.

"In A Record Preserved," said Miriam McTiernan, Archivist of Ontario, "we have
combined colour perspective renderings, as-built photographs and architectural
drawings, where available, to convey some of the architect's technical purpose
and design vision, as well as an appreciation of the style and intricacy of the
architectural record."

This exhibition is one of the many special events celebrating the 100th
anniversary of the Archives of Ontario. Find out more by visiting the Archives'
web site at www.archives.gov.on.ca.

Admission is free to the Market Gallery, 2nd floor, South St. Lawrence Market,
95 Front Street East. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4
p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday noon - 4 p.m.


Media Contact
Pamela Wachna
Coordinator of Collections and Outreach
416-392-7604

 

 

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