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Doors Open Toronto gears up for 20th anniversary in 2019

Taking place  on May 25-26 2019, the 20th annual Doors Open Toronto — presented by Great Gulf in partnership with the City of Toronto — provides an opportunity to see inside some of Toronto’s most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

Doors Open Toronto returns in May. Photo by Dan Newman via Unsplash.
Doors Open Toronto returns in May. Photo by Dan Newman via Unsplash.

Developed as a millennium project in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than 2 million visitors since its inception. People of all ages and backgrounds have had the opportunity to learn about Toronto’s history, become involved, and celebrate Toronto’s built heritage for free!

Toronto was the first North American city to offer a Doors Open program, and has inspired similar events across the continent. Many participants organize guided tours, exhibits, displays and activities to enrich the visitor experience.

If you’d like your building to be part of Doors Open Toronto, please review the building criteria outlined below and submit a  by January 17, 2019.

Preference will be given to buildings that meet the following criteria:

  • Buildings that are not usually open to the public or have areas not usually open to the public, but have some significant architectural features and/or have historical, social, as well as cultural significance to the city.
  • Buildings that are open to the public, but have some significant architectural features and/or have historical, social, as well as cultural significance to the city. (ex: churches, banquet halls, theatres)
  • Buildings that can commit to opening their doors for TWO full days, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Buildings that are celebrating significant anniversaries
  • Buildings recognized by heritage, urban design and/or architectural awards
  • Buildings with significant original interior features and/or successful adaptive reuse features
  • Buildings that feature contemporary design excellence and/or innovative green/sustainable/LEED elements
  • Buildings in destination clusters (several venues in one area)
  • Buildings representing the cultural diversity of Toronto

More information about the 20th edition of Doors Open Toronto is available via the city’s website, linked .

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