Members Tour: Gladstone House
Jan 22 2024
DesignTO projectevent: tour in-person

‘Members Tour: Gladstone House’ is a curator’s tour of the iconic Gladstone House rooms and exhibition ‘The Built Environment’. Built in 1889, Gladstone House is Toronto’s oldest operating hotel. Now part of the Archive Hospitality Group, the hotel’s design evokes a constant conversation between historical and contemporary. Work by local artists is featured throughout the hotel, from public spaces to each of the 55 guest rooms, giving hotel guests a taste of the cultural vitality of the city.

On this tour, Archive Hospitality Curator Lee Petrie provides insights into the works in the 6 exhibitions and installations that are part of the 2024 DesignTO Festival. She’ll also show some guest-only spaces including at least one guest room.

To make your tour even more enjoyable, the Bistro at Gladstone House offers a special Happy Hour drinks menu. Attendees are welcome to purchase a drink in the Bistro and take it with you on the tour.

6:30pm Arrive with option to purchase a drink in the Bistro
7:00pm Tour Starts
8:30pm Tour Ends

Lee Petrie (BA, MA, MMSt) is a curator and arts program manager based in Toronto. In her 25 year career, Lee has worked with hundreds of artists to bring exhibitions and programs to Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Living Arts Centre, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Varley Art Gallery. Lee is Curator for Archive Hospitality, which operates Gladstone House and The Broadview Hotel in Toronto, and The Postmark Hotel in Newmarket (opening 2024). She manages the creation and installation of art in the hotels and the resident artist program at Gladstone House. Lee is also Chair of the Toronto Public Art Commission.

‘Members Tour: Gladstone House’ is organized by DesignTO with support from Gladstone House and Archive Hospitality Group.


Lee Petrie



Who should visitors contact with questions regarding accessibility?
Jeremy Vandermeij
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