It’s Doors Open Toronto weekend here in the Big Smoke, so if you’re in Toronto this is the perfect time to get out and see some amazing architectural sights (and sites) in the city. Most sites are open till 5 p.m., but check the Doors Open Toronto website for details: http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen2012/
I ventured out early this afternoon, heading out on the streetcar to New City Hall for the Faces on Places: Gargoyles and Other Architectural Ornament walking tour. I got there early, so took some time to grab a street dog from a vendor just outside in Nathan Philips Square, and have a wander around the City Hall green roof and make a pit stop before making my way to the lobby.
The 1:30 p.m. tour was already full! And the extra tour that guide Terry Murray arranged to do at 3:30 p.m. was already filled with waiting list folks. This meant I was S.O.L. for today (and I won’t be able to make it out tomorrow, so that’s a shame). On the upside, it means that this is an extremely popular tour this year, so if you’re thinking of checking it out tomorrow (Sun, May 27), you’d best get there early and get yourself signed up.
The other space I really wanted to see was Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (30 College St.), which the organization moved into in 2008. The building incorporates the four elements in such a way that reflects native culture in a non-stereotypical way – and it is modern architecture at its most gorgeous. The organization hosts suggested starting on the rooftop, then making our way down. This was an excellent idea and I think I’d like to just show instead of tell.
Check them out here: http://www.nativechild.org/