Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Open Doors Toronto

One reason why I like Toronto are the numerous activities available for almost nothing. May 23-24 was the 10th Doors Open Toronto. For 2 days, 175 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and/or social significance open their doors to the public for free.

To enjoy the 175 buildings is not meant to be completed in just 2 days. You are lucky if you can even get to see 2-3 in a day. But then, there is always next year.

View of Toronto's City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square
from the 17th floor of Canada Life Building.

Entrance of the Fort York Armoury, headquarters of four
active units of the Army Reserve. The armoury's main entrance is
emphasized by pilasters of rusticated masonry with a large carved
coat-of-arms of the Dominion of Canada.

Toronto's oldest house, the Scadding Cabin built in 1794.
A one-room cabin constructed of squared, white pine logs with
dovetailed corners. The cabin is still in its original location at
centre of the Canadian National Exhibition Place.

The lobby of the Beaux-Arts / neoclassical Canada Life
Building with its thousands of decorative details,
guilded ceilings and marble floors and columns.
The building is open to the public only during
Doors Open Toronto.

We started out with a list of places to see - but ended up nowhere near. Many other inviting sights can distract you.

Toronto - the beautiful.

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