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May 27, 2005
148 buildings open their doors for free 6th Annual Doors Open Toronto - May 28 and 29
  
This weekend, Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, Doors Open Toronto invites
residents and visitors to explore 148 extraordinary buildings including
historical landmarks, architectural gems, contemporary spaces, cultural places
and more! Admission is free to all buildings. Many of the buildings on the
Doors Open Toronto roster are not normally open to the public. Doors Open
Toronto is a signature program of the City of Toronto Culture Division.

Dates:
Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29

Time:
Building hours vary; many are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one or both days.
Please confirm times for each building.
http://www.doorsopen.org and go to Buildings to Visit

Location:
City-wide event with 148 buildings; 26 buildings are new additions this year.
Highlights include:

-51 Division Police Station - NEW! 51 Parliament St. Toronto’s newest police
station combines the façade of a century-old gasworks with a state-of-the-art
interior. Limited access due to security reasons.

-CNIB Centre - NEW! 1929 Bayview Ave. This brand new facility is a
state-of-the-art model of universal design. Activities include guided tours,
learn to braille your name, high tech aids demo, Guide Dogs 101, and more.

-City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. East Tower Observation Deck (closed for two
decades). Giant stilt-walking buildings representing five major Toronto
cultural institutions act as the chorus in The Space Between, by Toronto’s Clay
& Paper Theatre, performed on Nathan Phillips Square, Saturday: Noon, 1:30 and
3 p.m. and Sunday: 11 a.m., 1:15 and 3:30 p.m. (weather permitting).

-Hare Krishna Temple - NEW! 243 Avenue Rd.; Built of white Kingston limestone,
the church building was sold in 1975-76 and converted into the Hare Krishna
Temple. (Shoes to be removed before entering the prayer hall.)

-Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), 100 McCaul St. This “flying
rectangle” hovers 26 metres in the air on 12, nine-storey steel stilts.
Saturday only.

The Doors Open Toronto weekend Information Centre is located in the Barbara
Frum Atrium, CBC Broadcasting Centre, Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, 10
a.m. to 4 p.m., at 250 Front St. W. Our Web site has a complete list of
buildings and news releases highlighting themes of interest including
family-friendly buildings, Metamorphosis performances, what’s new this year and
more! Visit http://www.doorsopen.org for event information. Public Event
Information (event weekend only): 416-205-2670.

Media contacts:
Kristen Juschkewitsch, Culture Division, 416-338-0495,
647-212-0944 (cell)
Jane French, Doors Open Toronto, 416.338.0496,
647-212-3079 (cell)



 

 

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