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Free DOORS OPEN TORONTO 2011: Theme is Photography & Architecture

Please mark your calendars for the FREE two-day, weekend event, Doors Open Toronto on May 28-29, 2011. As the name of this event suggests, “150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration.”

This magnanimous event, Doors Open Toronto, “allows visitors free access to properties that are either not usually open to the public, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Many locations have organized guided tours, displays and activities to enrich the visitor experience.”

Accept the invitation of Doors Open to tour Toronto, and “get to know the city, whether you’ve lived in Toronto all your life or you’re visiting for the first time.”  Explore, discover and “see Toronto like you’ve never seen it before!”

Last year’s list of properties included:

  • heritage landmarks to modern structures,
  • hidden gems,
  • green roofs,
  • places of worship,
  • halls of learning,
  • boardrooms,
  • bedrooms,
  • breweries,
  • lighthouses,
  • mansions,
  • museums,
  • theatres,
  • national historic sites,
  • centres of rail travel,
  • cemeteries,
  • factories,
  • banking halls,
  • architects’ offices
  • and more

Doors Open Toronto 2011 theme is Photography & Architecture

Two days: Over 150 buildings

FREE admission

No Tickets or pre-registration

The 2011 building roster will be available May 1

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“Toronto was the first city in North America to launch this prestigious event dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design.

Developed as a millennium project in 2000 by the City of Toronto, Doors Open Toronto has since attracted over 1.5 million visitors to hundreds of buildings throughout the city.

In 2002, inspired by the successful Toronto program, the Ontario Heritage Foundation (now the Ontario Heritage Trust) launched Doors Open Ontario.”

The inspiration for Doors Open Toronto came from Europe. France was the first country to launch its Doors Open program in 1984, followed by Glasgow in 1990. Currently, 48 European countries participate every September during European Heritage Month. In addition, Australia and the United States have also joined the highly successful Doors Open movement.”