Ed. Note: Torontoist wants to welcome Rob to the Torontoist team. Rob has lived in NYC and Montreal (lucky him) and is currently at U of T studying architecture so it’s appropriate that his first post is on Doors Open Toronto.
If you’re like Torontoist, you’ve spent this grey winter staring out from streetcar windows contemplating the city’s facades as you zip by. But while they may look amazing on the outside, it’s time for the city to to pull a little Shanghai Surprise with the 7th Doors Open Toronto this Saturday and Sunday.
With over 140 buildings participating in this unique event, there’s so much to cram into just two days, covering over 150 years of the built city. Important historical staples like Casa Loma, the delicious 100 year old Cadbury Chocolate Factory, The Distillery Rackhouse and a slew of mansions on Jarvis are participating this year.
Torontoist, however, is most excited for two new, Toronto bred buildings: University of Toronto’s Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research designed by Toronto firm architectsAlliance partnered with Behnisch & Behnisch of Frankfurt, and the brilliant National Ballet School of Canada by KPMB and Goldsmith Borgal, both of Toronto. These are prime examples of how our city is making its mark on the Architectural stage.
Doors Open officially runs from 10am to 4pm both days (Saturday and Sunday,) but each building determines its own days and hours for entrance. For more information check out Doors Open Toronto. Also, like an Architect designing a stairway, try this Google Maps mashup to… trace out your steps.