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April 10, 2002
3rd Annual DOORS OPEN TORONTO: Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, 2002
  
Visit 100 Buildings of Architectural or Historic Significance

Toronto Culture - Step inside 100 Toronto landmarks and hidden gems when The
City of Toronto Culture Division presents the 3rd Annual DOORS OPEN TORONTO on
Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2002. During this city-wide celebration
100 buildings of architectural and historic significance open their doors and
welcome all visitors. Many of the participating buildings are not normally
open to the public. Admission is FREE.

Young and old, locals and tourists discover Toronto by exploring everything
from national historic sites, places of worship, banking halls, hotels,
theatres, mansions, museums, private clubs, concert halls, theatres, historic
transportation hubs, architects' offices and more. Last year DOORS OPEN TORONTO
attracted over 76,000 visitors. New sites this year include:

· Toronto City Centre Airport: originally built as Toronto's primary airport,
tour the historic Terminal Building and see vintage aircraft from the Canadian
Warplane Heritage Museum including the "Spirit of Little Norway"; free ferry
boat ride to site
· The Stables at Casa Loma: architect E.J. Lennox's 1906 showpiece with
mahogany horse stalls, herringbone-patterned brickwork floors and glazed tiles
from Spain
· Humberside Collegiate Institute: features largest mural painting by a Group
of Seven member, Arthur Lismer
· Office of Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd.: this stylishly renovated space, home
to one of Toronto's most respected restoration consultants, is located in the
old town of York in the former Nicholson and Brock Bird Seed Company
· Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex: lavishly restored 1926 Ontario
Government Building at Exhibition Place features three magnificent ballrooms
· Congregation Knesseth Israel Synagogue: the oldest purpose-built synagogue
still in use as a place of worship in Ontario, this simple brick building in
the West Toronto Junction belies an ornate interior.

Returning favourites in 2002 include Osgoode Hall, the Elgin and Winter Garden
Theatre Centre, Canada Life Assurance Company, Anshei Minsk Synagogue, St.
George's Greek Orthodox Church, the Canadian Opera Company's Joey and Toby
Tanenbaum Opera Centre, Commerce Court North, the Roundhouse, the Ontario
Association of Architects, 401 Richmond and Fool's Paradise (home of artist
Doris McCarthy).

Visit: www.doorsopen.org
for complete program information. 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 16, 2002. No pre-registration or tickets required.

Public event information: 416-338-3888. Program subject to change.

DOORS OPEN TORONTO thanks our corporate sponsors Diamante Development
Corporation, Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd. and Clifford Restoration Limited.
Founding partners include Heritage Toronto and the Toronto Heritage & Culture
Foundation. CBC Radio One returns as the radio sponsor, CBC Television is the
television sponsor and The Toronto Star is the title sponsor of DOORS OPEN
TORONTO.


Media Contact
Access Toronto
416-338-0338

 

 

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