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Mackenzie House: Private Spaces as Public Spaces


Sat, Jan 20, 2018

12:00 pm — 5:00 pm




Admission Fee: Adults $7, Seniors/Youth $4, Children $3


Mackenzie House

82 Bond Street, Toronto, ON


Today MacKenzie House, the home of Toronto’s first mayor, leader of the Rebellion of 1837, and radical journalist William Lyon Mackenzie, is a historic house museum open to the public. Ryerson University School of Interior Design students explore the concept of the historic house museum as a public space through a series of installations in the historic room settings. Their innovative interventions explore themes of feminism, storytelling, and authenticity as students set out to answer the questions: How do we experience the past in a recreated setting? How can the physicality of a space affect how we think or feel about the past?

As part of the program, participants will have an opportunity to learn about Victorian urban Toronto and to print a souvenir on our 1850s cast iron press.

This Greek Revival row house is a hidden architectural gem in the downtown core. Discover middle class, urban, family life in Victorian Toronto while delving into Mackenzie’s illustrious and contentious career.

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Mackenzie House staff and Ryerson School of Interior Design students, names TBA