This gem of gothic style architecture – across the road from University of Toronto ‘s Magdalen College Oxford inspired Emmanuel College – looking a tadge anachronistic amidst Toronto’s ever burgeoning tower-block dominated cityscape is situated in a swathe of glorious wooded parkland. This “hub” of U of T’s co-curricular activities encompasses a maze of Harry Potter, Hogwart- style stone corridors and vaulted ceilings leading to art collections, music rehearsal rooms, the fitness centre, a huge theatre, performance spaces, a student cafe and the timeless Gallery Grill perched high above the medieval styled Great Hall.
Commissioned by the Massey family and gifted to the University of Toronto by the Massey Foundation Hart House was designed by architect Henry Sproat – one of the last North American masters of the Gothic form – and engineer Ernest Rolph.
Construction began in 1911, and it opened on Remembrance Day, 1919.
Almost a century later Hart House is still embracing it’s original vision ” to
encourage and support activities that provide spaces for awakening the capacity for self-knowledge and self-expression.”
The following a sample of whats available within it’s walls:
Body in Motion
Creative Living & Careers
Voyage to Voice Discovery
weekly “Get Crafty” and drop in teas – free craft sessions in an informal setting – take home a finished project.