Doors Open 2013

Have you ever wanted to know the story behind a building? Who called it home, its general history? The Doors Open Toronto event gives everyone access to spaces that are often off limits to the general public. 2013 marks the 14th annual event that features 150 buildings all throughout the city that are architecturally, historically and culturally significant. Doors Open Toronto is held over two days: Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Admission to all the sites is free, and may sites include a guided walking tour, activities and displays. To get you ready for the weekend, the Greenrock Property Management blog has covered a few picks close to our downtown apartment community at Village Green.

 

This year’s theme focuses on ‘Creators, Makers and Innovators.’  There are a number of older buildings featured that have been redesigned into modern spaces. Before heading out to any Door Open event, be prepared for line-ups. The event’s reach has increased over the years, and line-ups for the popular spots start early. Consider downloading a Doors Open Toronto App to help you customize your weekend. As part of the city’s open data initiative, a number of developers built event drive apps, so keep an eye out for this year’s release.

 

Nearby Doors Open

 

Native Child & Family Services of Toronto

 

This recently renovated office building is home to Native Child and Family Services. Be sure to see the award-winning Longhouse for a modern vision of a traditional native gathering space. Visitors can also access the green roof where traditional plants are grown.

 

30 College St, Toronto, ON

Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd.

Telephone: 416-969-8510

 

Open:

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Last admittance to building: 4:00 p.m.

 

Osgoode Hall

 

Are you interested in law? Take a peek into the city’s foremost law school, open since 1832. Osgoode Hall is now a symbol for Canadian and provincial law.  Highlights include: the Atrium and its geometric tile floor; 19th century courtrooms; the Great Library; the East Wing, the oldest part of the building; and Convocation Hall, also known as the Osgoode Hall Restaurant. For an awesome photo, all guests have the option to have their picture taken in legal robes in the courtrooms.

 

130 Queen St. W, Toronto ON

Architect: William Warren Baldwin/John Ewart begun in 1829
Telephone: 416-947-3315

 

Open:

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Last admittance to building: 4:45 p.m.

 

Speakers’ Series

 

Supplement the walks by stopping by one of the many speakers’ series events. For a session from world-renowned architect, Will Alsop, head to OCAD U on Friday, May 24, from 6:30-8 p.m. Additional talks focus on city building and innovation, and trends in architecture of wellness.

 

For more information on the speakers’ series and all building tours and events around the city, visit the City of Toronto website to plan your weekend.