This is such a great event city wide. There's so much available that it's always a tough one to plan for!
LOVE the Water Treatment Plant. Soooooo beautiful.
From what I have heard and please correct me if I am wrong, the Don Jail is now mostly admin offices for Bridgepoint now. There is only a small area left of what was the Don Jail and may be disappointing to some who plan on waiting in line for a few hours to see it. Only reason I mention this is that I just came back from Belfast and we did the Crumlin Gaol (Jail) tour and nothing has been touched there and all still as it was. What were the comments last year and was it as it is now??
Yes, the historic Don Jail building is now used as offices (it hadn't held any prisoners since 1977). The renovation was carried out by ERA Architects, probably the leading heritage-restoration firm in Toronto. One cell block has been left as-is, so you can step inside an empty cell, the impressive rotunda is largely unchanged, and during last year's Doors Open tour guides recounted various events in the building's history. If you're expecting an old-jail museum, you'll be disappointed; if you're curious about architecture and adaptive reuse you'll probably find it quite interesting.
Last year they were handing out timed tickets on a first-come, first-served basis each day. If you got there a little before opening you'd probably have only a short wait; otherwise you might end up getting a ticket for later in the day but would be free to head off elsewhere during that time.
Which locations would be good for a first time visitor to Toronto interested in history, art, and architecture? I am lucky that my trip will overlap with next weekend but don't really know where to be start.
I will be staying very close to the University of Toronto's downtown campus but should be able to visit anywhere accessible by public transit. I appreciate any suggestions!Edited: 20 May 2014, 11:16
- You could drop into various sites on the University of Toronto downtown campus - Hart House, the Munk School, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Knox College, and the Lassonde Mining Building (never been inside that one)
- The RC Harris Water Treatment Plant is worth the streetcar ride out to the Beach neighbourhood. Stop by the Beaches branch of the Toronto Public Library as well if you go on Saturday.
- The Distillery District -- you can actually get plenty of the history of this place year-round; Doors Open usually adds a couple behind-the-scenes rooms with historic equipment as well as some background info.
Thank you! Looking forward to my first visit to Toronto.
Hopefully the weather will cooperate and make for a great weekend!
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