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University of Toronto to unlock city’s mysteries at annual Doors Open event

May 21, 2014

TORONTO, ON — The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to will open six of its build­ings to the pub­lic on May 24 and 25 as part of the annu­al Doors Open Toron­to fes­ti­val.

In addi­tion to open­ing up six of its build­ings to the pub­lic, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is spon­sor­ing a range of free walk­ing tours aligned with this year’s theme: Secrets and spirits…exploring the mys­ter­ies behind the door.

The 15th annu­al Doors Open Toron­to is a city-wide cel­e­bra­tion offer­ing free, rare access to more than 155 archi­tec­tural­ly, his­tor­i­cal­ly, cul­tur­al­ly and social­ly sig­nif­i­cant build­ings. The fes­ti­val has attract­ed more than 2 mil­lion par­tic­i­pants over the last 11 years and has giv­en the pub­lic an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about Toron­to’s his­to­ry.

WHAT: Var­i­ous build­ing and walk­ing tours as part of Doors Open Toron­to

WHERE: The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s down­town St. George cam­pus and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to — Scar­bor­ough (UTSC)

WHEN: Sat­ur­day (May 24) and Sun­day (May 25)

Please check dates and times of tours using the links below:

Walk­ing Tours

The Mys­ter­ies of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to:  This 60-minute tour on the grounds U of T’s St. George Cam­pus will show vis­i­tors the tra­di­tion­al archi­tec­ture and tree-lined paths that are home to some of Toron­to’s spook­i­er sto­ries.

A com­plete list of Doors Open Toron­to Walk­ing Tours spon­sored by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to:

U of T Build­ing Tours

• Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to — Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty — Goldring Stu­dent Cen­tre:
This build­ing was designed by archi­tect and for­mer U of T dean of archi­tec­ture, Eric Arthur, one of the first to teach the Mod­ern move­ment in Cana­da.

• Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to:  Justi­na M. Bar­nicke Gallery, Hart House:
This Goth­ic Revival build­ing in the cen­tre of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s St. George cam­pus was ren­o­vat­ed in 2010.

• Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to: Las­sonde Min­ing Build­ing:
One of the orig­i­nal build­ings of U of T’s Fac­ul­ty of Applied Sci­ence & Engi­neer­ing, this build­ing was des­ig­nat­ed as a Her­itage Prop­er­ty for its impor­tance as a major work of Edwar­dian Clas­si­cism.

• Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to: Munk School of Glob­al Affairs:
Orig­i­nal­ly con­struct­ed in 1909, the build­ing served as a mete­o­ro­log­i­cal obser­va­tion cen­tre. A 24-hour weath­er ser­vice oper­at­ed from the obser­va­to­ry tow­er was instru­men­tal dur­ing WWII in train­ing pilots to iden­ti­fy weath­er pat­terns.

• Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Scar­bor­ough — Andrews Build­ing:
Designed by Aus­tralian-born John Andrews, who would lat­er design the CN Tow­er, this build­ing was fea­tured on the cov­er of Time mag­a­zine for its bold vision.

• Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Scar­bor­ough — Miller Lash House:
Open­ing in 1913 as the sum­mer retreat for Toron­to lawyer and indus­tri­al­ist Miller Lash and his fam­i­ly, the build­ing is nes­tled into the Rouge Val­ley and sur­round­ed by hun­dreds of acres of nat­ur­al beau­ty.

Vis­it for a full list of par­tic­i­pat­ing sites.


For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Media Rela­tions
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Tel: 416–978-0100