Saturday 27 May 2017

Doors Open - Toronto City Hall, Toronto, ON

It's Doors Open weekend here in Toronto and I checked out City Hall.

The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto returns on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, 2017, offering free and rare access to 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. 

Doors Open Toronto 2017 is part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions marking Canada's 150th birthday. Doors Open Toronto is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario and the broader community.

Year: 1965
Style: Post-Modern (1945+)
Original Architect: Viljo Revell

Building Description
The seat of Toronto's Municipal Government and internationally recognized as an architectural masterpiece. Since opening in 1965, this site has been one of Toronto's most famous landmarks. The design is the result of one of the largest architectural competitions ever held by a city. An international jury judged 510 submissions from 42 countries around the world. In 1958, Mayor Nathan Phillips announced the winner, Viljo Revell, an architect based in Helsinki, Finland. Construction began in 1961. Four years later, on September 13, 1965, the site officially opened. Viljo Revell's design was divided into four main parts: the civic square, the podium, the convex circular council chamber and two office towers of different heights. The entire complex has a sculptural quality that makes it a striking landmark and an ideal symbol.

Visitor Experience
Visitors at City Hall can see the Mayor's Office, Council Chambers, the 27th Floor Observation Deck and the Green Roof. Event programming includes screenings of architectural films from the National Film Board, a 'village' of temporary structures highlighting contemporary living in Toronto, a slideshow depicting Toronto's changing cityscape; Mouse City Chronicles, a project that encourages children ages two to eight to become urban planners, and a colouring/activity zone where participants can colour pages of Toronto's historic sites drawn by Daniel Rotsztain.

First I checked out Mayor John Tory's office.

The mayors since amalgamation
The view from the mayor's office
Mr in the mayor's office

Then I headed to the observation deck on the 27th floor.  The views were great!

I finished off by visiting the Council Chambers.

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