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Past TOURS / Old Meets New

Old Meets New

We explored over 150 years of unique architectural history in and around the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus.

How could we preserve our city’s past while meeting the needs of the future? What defined heritage and how can it help us reimagine architecture?

Led by Joël León of the Toronto Society of Architects, this walk delved into how architects have repaired, adapted, and rebuilt some of the earliest structures in the area.

We got to know one of the most remarkable architectural collections in Canada, taking stock of buildings such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Robarts Library.

Dates + Times

Saturday, June 3rd @ 10 am
Saturday, June 3rd @ 12:30 pm
Saturday, June 10th @ 10 am
Saturday, June 10th @ 12:30 pm

More About This Tour


Meeting point: Royal Ontario Museum, east steps, 100 Queens Park (Weston Entrance on Queen’s Park, across the street from the Gardiner Museum)
End point: Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St George St
Length of the tour: 90 minutes
Total active walking time: 45-55 minutes
Total walking distance: 2km
Longest walking time between stops: 12 minutes


Toronto Society of Architects
Established in 1887, the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) is a non-profit volunteer-led organization dedicated to bringing people together to discuss, learn and explore around our shared passion for the built environment. Torontosocietyofarchitects.ca


Joël León is a Toronto-based architect, researcher and Programming Director for the Toronto Society of Architects. Joël completed his Masters in Architecture at the University of Toronto, and was recipient of numerous graduating awards including the Alpha Rho Chi Medal and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll. A strong believer in interdisciplinary learning, Joël also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and Urban Studies, as well as a minor in Economics. A strong advocate for architecture, Joël strives to promote public awareness on the impact of design in everyday life, helping to build a dialogue between the public and the architectural profession.


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