TALKS (scroll down for COURSES) I have developed over two dozen illustrated lectures on Toronto's neighbourhoods, architecture, and architects. Topics include Yorkville, Toronto Island, Old City Hall, Toronto's 21st-Century Architecture, and architects E. J. Lennox and Fred Cumberland. Please contact me (see Home page) for a complete list. These lectures are perfect for clubs, historical societies, lifelong learning organizations, and other interested groups.
SCHEDULED PUBLIC TALKS
KING STREET WEST: FULL CIRCLE Come and explore one of Toronto’s oldest streets through archival and contemporary photographs of its buildings. King’s fine residences, institutions, and shops gave way to banks and industry by the early 1900s. A century later the circle is completed with condos and posh restaurants. You’ll see how King Street West has reflected our city’s changing roles.
This talk will be at the North Toronto Historical Society. The session is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
DATE & TIME: Wednesday April 25, 7:30-9:00 pm LOCATION: 2nd-floor meeting room, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. (west side of Yonge St. one block north of Eglinton; easy to reach by subway, or parking is available on side streets)
SPRING 2018 COURSES All the courses are downtown through the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies www.learn.utoronto.ca (phone 416-978-2400) and are non-credit with no assignments or tests.
EVOLVING TORONTO: SHAPED BY FUNCTION(8 sessions) Why does Toronto look the way it does? The city evolved from a military base and government town into a major manufacturing hub, then a financial and cultural centre. These roles have shaped the city's architecture and layout, determining – for example – where people live and where the financial district is located. Modes of transportation and municipal planning policies, including those related to architectural preservation, have also affected the city's built appearance. We'll explore all these factors through hundreds of images, discussions, and a walking tour.
Dates & times: Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm, May 1 - June 19 Fee: $325 Course code: SCS 3341
ARCHITECTURE OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO(8 sessions) Many towns and cities in southern Ontario have beautiful well-preserved historic buildings. We'll examine town halls, inns, libraries, shops, post offices, and more from over a dozen communities – focusing on pre-1930s buildings. The wide variety of houses range from grand mansions built for the most important people in town to farmhouses and cottages. You'll discover examples of architectural styles no longer found in large cities.
Dates & times: Wednesdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, May 2 - June 20 Fee: $325 Course code: SCS 3103
TORONTO'S RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE: A HISTORY(8 sessions) Have you wondered how to tell a Georgian house from a Second Empire house? This course illustrates the characteristics of over twenty architectural styles used in Toronto residences during the past 200 years. We'll explore the evolution of each style and you'll gain some ability to date houses and other residential buildings. Heritage preservation will be discussed, along with the surprising controversy surrounding early apartment buildings. Examples will cover workers' cottages to mansions. One class is a walking tour.
Dates & times: Thurdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm, May 10 - June 28 Fee: $325 Course code: SCS 2033