The Visitor Centre, which opened in 2014, is the new gateway to the entire 43-acre Fort York National Historic Site.The Fort York Foundation needs to raise public funds to complete this gorgeous building, which has been described as “a sensitive and powerful work of architecture” (Globe and Mail) and “Toronto’s best building of the decade” (Michael McClelland, founding partner, ERA Architects) “…bringing the site into striking, contemporary focus” (Urban Toronto). The Visitor Centre was designed by Patkau Architects Inc., in partnership with Kearns Mancini Architects Inc., and won a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for Design in 2011.The interior plan (see floor plan, below) calls for exhibits that introduce visitors to Fort York National Historic Site, including:
- Lobby/entrance hall (which also serves as a beautiful events venue and café, with outdoor access to the events dock);
- Orientation theatre;
- The Vault (a jewel-like room for displaying objects of symbolic power and historical mysteries);
- Main exhibits gallery and, finally,
- Multi-media immersive experience of the Battle of York. The visitor emerges from this last gallery onto Garrison Common (where the 1813 battle ended) in front of Fort York.
In 2015, the Visitor Centre is hosting a series of temporary exhibits, including:
- Art and the Great War – a Toronto Perspective, (now open);
- The Art of Command: Portraits and Posters from Canada’s Afghan Mission, by Canadian war artist Gertrude Kearns, (now open);
- The Magna Carta (opening 4 Oct until 7 Nov.)
Please help us realize the vision of this beautiful building, ensuring its completion, including the opening the permanent exhibits by 2016, by making your donation to the Fort York Foundation today.
Click floor plan image to to view the
proposed multilevel layout (PDF)