Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre - Historic Places Day

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Toronto, Ontario
Type
Theatre/Dance Hall
Address
189 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
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Phone
416-314-2901

Original architect: Thomas Lamb; restoration architect: Mandel Sprachman; restoration consultant: David Hannivan

The architectural style of the building provided the important link between the nickelodeon, vaudeville and movie palace eras; the building exemplified the old and new of these changing times and contained features unprecedented in the traditional vaudeville theatres of Toronto

Special features include: the exterior box office, a Corinthian columned lobby, the narrow main lobby façade and the lobby corridor to the auditorium, and the single balconies supported by enormous steel trusses

65,000 square feet of new space was added, including: cascading lobbies, an eight-storey backstage addition containing dressing rooms, loading docks, rehearsal halls and other facilities for contemporary theatre use, a crossover bridge creating access to escalators for the new lounges and washrooms on each level

In the Davies Takacs Lobby, 25 layers of paint were removed from the original surface

In the Elgin, opera boxes and plaster details were re-created where they had been damaged or removed over the years; details over the proscenium and balcony facia were sculpted, cast and replaced

Over 300,000 sheets of wafer-thin aluminum leaf were used in the seven-step process of re-gilding the plaster details in the Elgin; “scagliola,” the process of marble veining, was used in the lobby and grand staircase, with over 10,000 square feet of surface being re-created or conserved

Hundreds of pounds of raw bread dough was used to clean 20,000 square feet of hand-painted walls in the Winter Garden

Amenities

  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Location

189 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
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