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Each year at the end May, Osgoode Hall opens its doors to the public as a part of Doors Open Toronto, the city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architecture.
Osgoode Hall, a National Historic Site of Canada, is one of the oldest buildings in Toronto and a hub of legal life in Ontario. The building houses the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice and the Law Society of Upper Canada, the governing body of lawyers and paralegals in the province.
This year's Doors Open theme is 'Re-used, Re-visited and Revised', which explores the adaptive repurposing of buildings throughout Toronto's history. Osgoode Hall remains one of the few that is still used for its original purpose. The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) will be hosting a public design session where participants of all ages can become architects of justice and imagine the justice system of the future. This session will be held in the neo-gothic Barristers’ Lounge – a “bonus” room on the Osgoode Hall tour.
Address: 130 Queen Street West (at University Avenue) (map)
Saturday, May 28 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Last Admittance: 4:30pm
Sunday, May 29 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Last Admittance: 4:30pm
Knowledgeable volunteers are stationed at various points of interest to answer questions. Interior photography and filming is permitted without a tripod. Bring a camera and have a photo taken in legal robes in one of the courtrooms. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Find other ways to visit and learn about Osgoode Hall.
Access to Osgoode Hall is through the main doors facing Queen Street West. While access to the elevator during the event is by request, any volunteer in the atrium will be able to assist. All of the rooms are accessible and there are accessible washrooms on the second floor. The pick-up location for Wheel-Trans is at the University Avenue gate.
For information on other Doors Open venues, events and walking tours, visit http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen.