January 18-27, 2019

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Mackenzie House: Private Spaces as Public Spaces


Sat, Jan 20, 2018

12:00 pm — 5:00 pm




Mackenzie House

82 Bond Street, Toronto, ON


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


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


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.