A sampling of three Doors Open events around downtown:
Safety Deposit Vault
This short trip into CIBC’s former vault felt like a mass bank heist, as everyone and their kids piled into a smallish back room that once held the small, unmarked bills that bank robbers dream about. It now holds a boardroom with plasma screen televisions. The façade was restored to its original 1930s Art Deco form in 2001.
Old City Hall was a popular attraction
Much to be said about the Romanesque Revival style, faux marble columns and long legislative tradition, but most of the chatter at Old City Hall was the underground holding cells in the middle of the courtrooms. The in-custody defendants are brought up from what look like trap doors inside the prisoner’s box in the middle of the courtroom floor to face his or her charges.
A garden on a rooftop
Also known as the building that creates that treacherous walkway next to Clubland, 401 Richmond was once the Macdonald Manufacturing Company. It now houses art galleries, a hat shop, a café, a bird sanctuary, THIS Magazine and a gorgeous rooftop garden. There’s also no shortage of beautiful potted plants around the building, of which I wanted to steal for my apartment. (But that would be stealing, so I didn’t.) The roof garden is actually free most days anyway, but it’s always nice to be invited.