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Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre

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Toronto, ON
Building Structure Type:
Public Building; Museum
City of Toronto
Kearns Mancini Architects
Harbridge+Cross Ltd.
Number of Storeys:
22,000 sq. ft.
Practice areas
Considered the ‘birthplace of Toronto’ the Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto is home to the oldest collection of war buildings in Canada, dating back to the War of 1812. The 22,000 sq. ft. Visitor Centre, valued at $12.2 million, was part of the revitalization plan for the Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812. The facility informs and educates the public on the history of the great site. Public displays of exhibits and artifacts are shown in the treasury portion of the building. Interactive, audio visual media techniques are incorporated into the design to tell the story of site through the ‘time tunnel’ experience; an immersive digital media space that brings the rich history of Fort York to life. The Visitor Centre creates a unique identity for the Fort and further establishes it as a significant landmark and tourist attraction in Toronto.