Doors Open Toronto is back this weekend! The event grants the public access to over 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. With some of the buildings only open to the public during this annual event, it’s pretty much the next best thing to snooping through strangers’ homes!
Here are our some of our favourites to check out on May 23 and 24:
A 24,000 square foot facility which includes a brew house with fermenting tanks and a barrel
aging room that houses a huge collection of wine and spirit barrels. There will also be samples. Enough said.
The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto
What’s this, you ask? A private club dedicated to an active appreciation of the arts? Say no more. We are there!
Artscape Gibraltar Point
A former school house that contains meeting spaces, private and shared studios, a kitchen and more. Tours this weekend will include a stop at the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, which is the oldest existing lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Besides, do you ever need an excuse to go hang out on the Toronto Island?
Canada Life building
You know that big weather beacon on top of that fancy building on University Avenue that tells you the current weather and, depending on the arrows, whether it’s getting colder or hotter? Turns out there’s more to it than that! At 17 stories, this was the tallest building on University in 1931 and it’s observation tower on the top floor is opened exclusively for Doors Open Toronto.
What’s not to love about a current educational institute that was once a psychiatric hospital. There’s actually even more because Humber will allow visitors to tour the tunnel system underneath the College’s Cottages.
The National Club
We’re a little bit nosy so of course we’re going to jump at the chance to check out this private members-only club which currently boasts some of the city’s most prominent residents as members. Bonus points for the club’s rooftop patio and wine cellar. Don’t mind if we do…
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
So much culture and history to explore at this beautiful 30,000 sq. ft. office building home to Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Visitors will get a chance to sit in the longhouse and hear Aboriginal Elders share stories about their experiences and knowledge of the spirits. The tour will also include the sacred fire pit and a visit to the rooftop healing lodge and traditional medicine garden.
University of Toronto – Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Make all your instagram dreams come true inside this marvel of a library that features six mezzanine floors of books surrounding an exhibition area. Visitors will not only get to see this gorgeous space but also chat with staff from the rare books and archives departments.