Thursday, May 21, 2009

CLGA at the City of Toronto Archives for Doors Open


Above: Foot of Church Street. December 18, 1912.
(Fonds 200; Former City of Toronto fonds, Subseries 100, Item 42)

This weekend is Doors Open, an annual event in Toronto during which 175 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and/or social significance open their doors to the public. This year, the CLGA has been invited to take part in the “Step Into Your Archives” pavilion at the City of Toronto Archives. We will have a booth set up in the foyer of the Archives, so stop by and visit us!

The City of Toronto Archives was formally opened on January 22, 1992. It was designed by Zeidler Roberts Partnership to be a safe, secure and efficient archival repository, as well as an inviting research facility and a complement to its historic surroundings. Architectural highlights include: an ultra-modern, climate controlled storage area to accommodate 123,000 boxes; a sky lit central atrium and exhibition area; pink terrazzo staircase; 60-seat theatre; and a two-storey, sky lit Research Hall where researchers can access City records, photographs and maps.

The Archives is located at 255 Spadina Road, just north of the Dupont Subway Station (on the University line). It’s also just south of the fabulous Spadina Museum and Casa Loma, so why not visit all three?! Check out the Doors Open website for details on events taking place at these two historical sites and in the surrounding neighborhood

For more information about the special events that will take place at the Archives, please visit its official City of Toronto website. Also, please note that the Archives will only be open on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

2 comments:

  1. Wow! That's great Rebecka! Sounds like you made some good connections, and I am so glad to hear that so many people are so keen to visit archives.

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  2. Yes, I believe that Doors Open and Step Into Your Archives should be an annual event for the CLGA. It's a great opportunity to get a lot of traffic from people of all walks of life.

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