Massey Hall get­ting ready to ‘shave’ off its iconic 100-year-old ‘mous­tache’ stairs

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Massey Hall’s mem­o­rable stairs were added in 1911, after the Great Fire of Toronto in 1904. After more than 100 years, Massey Hall is re­mov­ing its iconic mous­tache as part of the build­ing’s re­vi­tal­iza­tion plan.

Early Wed­nes­day morn­ing, scaf­folds and con­struc­tion crew mem­bers were seen out­side the build­ing at Shuter and Vic­to­ria Sts. to strip away what have af­fec­tion­ately be­come known as Massey Hall’s mous­tache stair­cases.

The Massey Hall re­vi­tal­iza­tion is a two-year ren­o­va­tion pro­ject meant to re­new both the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of the Na­tional His­toric Site and con­struct a new ad­di­tion to the south of the build­ing.

Once fin­ished, the hall will have a re­tractable seat­ing sys­tem and two new venues — a 500-per­son site in the south tower and a more in­ti­mate space in the hall’s ex­panded Cen­turies bar.

VINCE TALOTTA/TORONTO STAR

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