Doors Open Toronto 2017

This year was the first time I actually went to Doors Open, partly because I was lucky enough to actually be in the city this year! I only had a few hours so I picked a couple of places that I'd always wanted to see namely the Canada Life building, R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, and Commerce Court. It was a bit of an Art Deco tour. Next time, I'll be sure to check out the City Hall viewing platform since I'm really interested in all the city views from floors and buildings that were once open to the public but for various reasons, no longer are. City Hall and Canada Life are two such buildings. Looking forward to spending more time exploring this city next Doors Open!

The view down University from the Canada Life building.

The view down University from the Canada Life building.

A cook takes a break in an alley off York St.

A cook takes a break in an alley off York St.

Nathan Phillips Square with a little bit of help from photoshop.

Nathan Phillips Square with a little bit of help from photoshop.

The Palace of Purification, aka the RC Harris Water Treatment plant at Victoria Park and Queen East. Frankly, I've wanted to come here since I'd read 'In The Skin of a Lion'. It was a little underwhelming mostly due to the sheer number of people, I think.

The Palace of Purification, aka the RC Harris Water Treatment plant at Victoria Park and Queen East. Frankly, I've wanted to come here since I'd read 'In The Skin of a Lion'. It was a little underwhelming mostly due to the sheer number of people, I think.

The famous ceiling of Commerce Court North.

The famous ceiling of Commerce Court North.

Looking South again from the Canada Life building. This structure boasts the best from from a toilet in the city!


Inside the machine room at RC Harris. So clean. So smooth.

Inside the machine room at RC Harris. So clean. So smooth.

Everyone has this shot so I needed it too.

Everyone has this shot so I needed it too.

Campbell House at Queen and University.

Campbell House at Queen and University.

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book library. As a U of T student, I though I'd be able to get better access to the stacks, but alas, that was not tobe. I guess you need a special membership?

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book library. As a U of T student, I though I'd be able to get better access to the stacks, but alas, that was not tobe. I guess you need a special membership?

Commerce court chandaliers.

Commerce court chandaliers.

The clock in the main atrium of RC Harris.

The clock in the main atrium of RC Harris.


This photo earned me a top 10 spot in BlogTO's Best of Doors Open Photo contest! I didn't even know until after it was over ;)

This photo earned me a top 10 spot in BlogTO's Best of Doors Open Photo contest! I didn't even know until after it was over ;)