Toronto Archives Building – Atrium and Theatre Renovations

Project Name

Toronto Archives Building – Atrium and Theatre Renovations


City of Toronto

Prime Consultant

Gow Hastings Architects


Renovations to the 5,510sf Toronto Archives Building included demolition of the existing space. It’s entrance was enhanced with modifications to the greeting area and reception desk for a better visitor experience. The scope of work involved new lighting, carpeting, paint, furnishings, and audiovisual equipment, new millwork and new security desk/workstation in the atrium to create a fresh space for temporary exhibitions and large gatherings. An exhibition space that runs the length of the atrium’s east wall has been dedicated to community displays, providing a showcase zone for local groups.

The Archives’ theatre is now a functional space that will be utilized to host events, conferences, classes, and presentations. The Spadina Room, with a capacity for 60 people, will serve the needs of Archives educators and the students who visit for programming each year. The theatre is also available for booking to City groups and the public.


Photo Credit: MJ Dixon, Gow Hastings Architects and Photographer Camille Esquivel

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