Ap­pre­ci­ate the ar­chi­tec­ture and his­tory of the city’s “Palace of Pur­fi­ca­tion” dur­ing Doors Open Toronto.

Take a tour inside Toronto’s Palace of Pu­rifi­ca­tion

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For one week­end each year, Doors Open Toronto gives the pub­lic a chance to ex­plore his­tor­i­cally and cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant build­ings that are nor­mally off lim­its. One es­pe­cially pop­u­lar at­trac­tion is the R.C. Har­ris Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant, lo­cated at the east end of the Beaches neigh­bour­hood. Opened in 1941, the cathe­dral-like art deco struc­ture, ad­ja­cent to a mar­velously un­der­used pub­lic beach, makes nearly a third of Toronto’s wa­ter sup­ply safe to drink, earn­ing it the nickname “Palace of Pu­rifi­ca­tion.” The plant is con­sid­ered one of the city’s ar­chi­tec­tural gems, and ap­pears reg­u­larly in film and TV, usu­ally as a hospi­tal or prison (it was also a brew­ery in the Bob and Doug McKen­zie flick, Strange Brew). Au­thor Michael On­daatje paid trib­ute in his 1987 novel,

In the Skin of a Lion: “The ar­chi­tect… mod­elled its en­trance on a Byzan­tine city gate, and the inside of the build­ing would be an im­age of the ideal city.” Just be­cause a build­ing is use­ful doesn’t mean it can’t be beau­ti­ful. door­sopenon­tario.on.ca

MAY 27-28

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