Doors Open Toronto 2017

Looking down on Nathan Phillips Square from the observation deck on the 27th floor at City Hall.

Buildings of significance in Toronto opened their doors to the public this weekend for the 18th straight year and yet it was the first time I’d ever taken advantage of it.

Doors Open Toronto fed my curiosity for what places I’d passed by a million times over the course of my life looked like inside. It also gave me the chance to see unique, panoramic views of the city that I hadn’t seen before.

I visited the Canada Life building, City Hall, Design Exchange, Commerce Court North and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Peep my Flickr album to see the photographs that transpired as a result of my gallivanting.

Interesting tidbit #1. Both the observation room on the 17th floor in the Canada Life building and City Hall’s observation deck are only open to the public once a year during Doors Open Toronto.

Interesting tidbit #2. The Design Exchange is home to Toronto’s original Stock Exchange which was completed in 1937. The art deco building was designated a heritage property in 1978 because of its “historic interest and architectural value.”

Interesting tidbit #3. The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts opened in 1960; it was originally called the O’Keefe Centre. The building’s striking facade and modernist architecture style are said to reflect the “glamour and optimism of Toronto in the mid-20th century.”

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