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February 24, 2003
Market Gallery opens new exhibition
  
A Record Preserved: Toronto's 20th Century Architecture in the Archives of
Ontario opens at the Market Gallery on March 1 and runs through to June 22.
This is a joint exhibit between the City of Toronto's Culture Division and the
Archives of Ontario.

A Record Preserved documents the changing landscape of Toronto from 1907 to
1987. Until the 1960s, Toronto architecture adapted traditional, "old world"
forms and recent innovations from the United States and Europe. Reverence for
the past and resistance to change are revealed in the popularity of classicism
in public buildings and in commercial structures. Middle-class homeowners
favoured residential design in colonial-revival styles such as mock Tudor, Arts
& Crafts and neo-Georgian. By the late 1920s, Art Deco was becoming a popular
style, and its influence is seen in all kinds of structures including office
buildings, museums, department stores and even churches. By mid-century,
Toronto architecture was taking its first steps toward modernism, as seen in
buildings such as the innovative Benvenuto Apartment/Hotel and the O'Keefe
Centre (now called the Hummingbird Centre).

"In A Record Preserved," says 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 http://www.archives.gov.on.ca.

Admission is free to the Market Gallery on the second floor of the 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 & Outreach,
416-392-7604

 

 

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