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September 20, 2002
Toronto's historic museums join in OAA's "Architecture Week" event September 29 to October 6
  
Culture - The City of Toronto Culture Division is pleased to announce
a number of architecturally-themed tours and lectures being held at the City's
Historic Museums and affiliates as part of "Architecture Week." This event is
hosted by the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and is a celebration of
all aspects of the profession. Since the inaugural year of the Culture
Division's Doors Open Toronto in 2000, the OAA has been an active participant,
opening the doors of its stunning headquarters (designed by Ruth Cawker in
1992) to hundreds of visitors.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre
Don Valley Communities: Todmorden and Doncaster Walking Tour
Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m.
Discover the early history of the Doncaster and Todmorden villages, from
Simcoe's arrival and the establishment of the mills, to the Taylor's
pre-eminence in the area. Features include architecture, geological information
and historical anecdotes. Led by Katherine Kirzati. $2 (includes museum
admission).

Meet at the parkette by the Bloor Street Viaduct. Call 416-396-2819.
E-mail: Todmorden@toronto.ca Web
site: http://www.toronto.ca/culture

Historic Fort York
Tours - "British military architecture of the early 19th century"
Saturday, September 28 - Tours: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Home to Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings, Fort
York is the birthplace of Toronto. Today, the site's defensive walls surround
original 1813-1815 period gunpowder magazines, blockhouses, Barracks and
officers' quarters.

Located at the end of Garrison Road, which runs off Fleet Street, between
Bathurst Street and Strachan Avenue. Call 416-392-6907. E-mail: fortyork@toronto.ca. Web site:
http://www.toronto.ca/culture

Mackenzie House - A Mid-Victorian Town House (1859)
Saturday, October 5 - Tours: 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m.
Built circa 1859, this example of a comfortable middle-class, gas-lit row-house
was the last home of Toronto's first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. The
restored building features an operating 19th century printshop.

82 Bond St., east of Yonge Street, just south of Dundas Street. Call
416-392-6915.
E-mail: machouse@toronto.ca. Web
site: http://www.toronto.ca/culture

Spadina Historic House & Gardens - An Edwardian Mansion (1866)
September 29 to October 6 - Tours: Tuesday to Friday, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3
p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, and 4 p.m.
Spadina's interior spans several stylistic periods in the decorative arts, with
features such as decorative plaster in the main rooms, handsome marble and
slate fireplaces, ornate cast-iron radiator grilles and a unique Art Nouveau
style frieze in the billiard room. Regular admission applies.

285 Spadina Rd., next door to Casa Loma. Call 416-392-6910.
E-mail: spadina@toronto.ca. Web
site: http://www.toronto.ca/culture

Faces of Eternity: The Byzantine Iconography of Saint George's Church
A Special Lecture
Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Saint George's Greek Orthodox Church, 115 Bond St. Call 416-977-3342. Admission
is free.

Join us for this special lecture as Dr. Nicholas Constas, a member of the
Harvard Divinity School faculty, explores the iconography of Saint George's
Greek Orthodox Church. The church, acquired by the Greek Orthodox community in
1937, was renovated in the 1980s and its interior was painted by the Pachomaioi
monks, iconographers from Mount Athos, Greece. The magnificent frescoes
replicate the well-known masterpieces of Byzantine Palaeologan art (circa
1261-1453).

St. George's is unique in being the only church in North America to have been
fully painted by Athonite iconographers and bears witness to the dynamic
spiritual and artistic achievements of the Byzantine religious tradition.

Professor Nicholas Constas is a specialist in the history and theology of
Eastern Christianity and teaches courses on Byzantine art and iconography.

The lecture is presented by Saint George's Greek Orthodox Church in cooperation
with Doors Open Toronto, a program of the City of Toronto Culture Division.
Call 416-977-3342 for information.

And for those who cannot get enough architecture, the celebration continues
with:

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre
Fall Lecture Series
Mondays: October 7, 21 & November 4 at 7 p.m.
Join us for an informative lecture series exploring the historic architecture,
development, and preservation of Toronto's heritage buildings. Tickets are $8
per lecture or $20 for the series of three. Call 416-396-2819 for information.

· Monday, October 7 - History, Once Removed: Relocated Heritage Buildings
Join heritage conservation expert George Duncan in a lecture/slide
presentation, outlining heritage restoration projects in the Markham and
Richmond Hill area. Learn how beloved historic buildings were saved from the
brink of destruction, relocated and restored to family homes. Question and
answer period to follow.

· Monday, October 21 - To be announced
This lecture will feature ongoing architectural efforts to recreate a historic
feel in the new buildings in Toronto. Guest lecturer to be announced.

· Monday, November 4 - Recycled Buildings
Guest speaker Katherine Kirzati leads a slide-illustrated lecture showcasing
some of Toronto's favourite historic buildings and how they have been adapted
to new uses to meet today's needs. Question and answer period to follow.

All lectures will be held in the Papermill Theatre, located at Todmorden Mills
Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, 67 Pottery Rd. (Between Broadview Avenue and
Bayview Avenue).
Call 416-396-2819. E-mail: todmorden@toronto.ca. Web site:
http://www.toronto.ca/culture


Media Contact
Kim Corby,
City of Toronto Culture Division,
416-338-0497

 

 

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