4th Annual Doors Open Toronto Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25|
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Toronto Culture - The great urban adventure returns when The City of Toronto
Culture Division presents the 4th Annual Doors Open Toronto on May 24 and 25.
During this city-wide celebration over 100 buildings of architectural and/or
historic significance welcome all visitors. Many participating buildings are
not normally open to the public. Admission to all sites is free.
A highlight of Doors Open Toronto this year will be the official opening of The
Distillery Historic District (formerly known as Gooderham & Worts). Recognized
as the finest collection of Victorian industrial architecture in North America,
this site is being revitalized by Cityscape Development Corp. into Toronto's
newest centre for arts, culture and entertainment. As well, The Carlu, the
stunning restoration of the Eaton Auditorium and Round Room facilities on the
seventh floor of College Park, will welcome visitors. And Regent Park,
Canada's largest and oldest public-housing project, invites people to explore
its past, present and future. More additions to the 2003 Doors Open Toronto
roster will be announced soon.
In 2002 Doors Open Toronto attracted over 136,000 visitors to 123 participating
buildings. Returning buildings in 2003 include last year's most visited site,
Osgoode Hall (9000 people in two days!); Le Royal Meridien King Edward,
celebrating its 100th anniversary; the Redpath Sugar Refinery Museum on the
central waterfront; and the Jami Mosque, the GTA's first mosque, located in a
former west-end Presbyterian church.
National historic sites, hidden gems, places of worship, banking halls, hotels,
theatres, mansions, private clubs, concert halls and offices of Toronto's top
architects all open their doors. Historic Fort York, Montgomery's Inn, Gibson
House, Mackenzie House and Spadina Museum are among the city-run museums
participating. All sites provide tours, talks and/or exhibits.
DOORS OPEN TORONTO creates free access to, heightens awareness of and generates
advocates for our city. Visit: www.doorsopen.org for complete program
information (by April 2003). Most buildings are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one
or both days. Confirm times for each site when planning your route. The
official program guide will be published in The Toronto Star on Thursday, May
15. No pre-registration or tickets required. Public event information:
Corporate sponsors are Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd. and Clifford Restoration
Limited. Doors Open Toronto thanks its title sponsor, the Toronto Star and
media sponsors CBC Radio One and CBC Television. Community partners include
Heritage Toronto and the Toronto Heritage & Culture Foundation.