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Excerpt from kmai.com: The complex program and site had many restrictions, which the design team was able to resolve, providing a solution that satisfied the jury and public alike. Ultimately, the Visitor Centre has been designed and built to create a unique identity for the Fort and to further establish it as a significant cultural landmark in the city and beyond.

The project’s strategic situation along the edge of the site is noted by Jonathan Kearns: “In effect, the building became like the edge of a mini escarpment, which exists in several paintings from the early 1800's. People have expressed that we reinvented, in a contemporary manner, the original look of the edge of Lake Ontario."

The resulting ‘fortified’ edge of the site is defined by a series of monolithic weathering steel panel walls, which resonate with the design of the Fort just beyond, and which define the horizontal datum of the battlefield immediately to the north. Beyond the weathering steel wall, the building rises up toward the Fort, ultimately providing a prospect onto the entire historic site through a belvedere located on the uppermost rooftop. Going beyond the traditional belvedere's retinal emphasis, the Visitor Centre explores the idea of a 'beautiful view' as 'deep understanding.' The Visitor Center thus offers an intimate experience of the topographical history.

Tags:   Doors Open Toronto Ontario Canada Fort York Visitor Centre Fort York Historic Site **Heart Awards**

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Excerpt from the Information Boards: Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin, We are Talking depicts the story of the origins of the Anishnaabe people. The mural was first exhibited at Fort York National Historic Site in September 2005.

From Top Left clockwise:

1. The creation of the Universe and the Planets and the Solar System. The Four Elements being drawn up from Mother Earth for the creation of the First Man.
2. Lowering of First Man to the Earth and his travels naming all things with his companion the Wolf.
3. First Man and First Woman and their union, which created the Four Sons.
4. The Four Thunderbirds are called down to protect the people as they populate the Earth.
5. The Seven Fires come to the People and reveal future events.
6. The People will be given a choice of Two Roads (Light or Dark) and if the Right Road is chosen the Golden Age will begin.

Tags:   We are Talking Fort York National Historic Site Visitors' Centre Toronto Ontario Canada Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin Philip Cote Rebecca Baird

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Tags:   Fort York National Historic Site Visitors' Centre Toronto Ontario Canada Level 1-Photography for Recreation **Heart Awards** Heritage Conservation District-Fort York Heritage Conservation District Fort York

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Tags:   Fort York National Historic Site Visitors' Centre Toronto Ontario Canada Auto_Focus Nice As It Gets-Level 1 Auto Focus Level 1 Music to My Eyes


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