The answer: the original heritage hall in Toronto’s east end.
The former theatre in the city’s Old Town has been a cultural landmark for decades.
The city’s heritage heritage committee voted unanimously last month to demolish the former heritage hall to make way for the new Heritage Place, a multi-purpose residential complex.
Its replacement is the first new neighbourhood in Toronto since a new civic centre opened in the area in 2003.
The project was backed by the Ontario government.
The heritage committee also voted to remove the city hall from the list of heritage buildings in Toronto.
That means it will no longer be able to be used as a landmark, the province’s heritage commissioner, Diane Mankin, said in a statement.
Heritage Place is the result of a collaboration between the city and the Ontario Heritage Trust.
It’s expected to open in early 2018.
Mankin says the heritage committee is also considering removing the iconic, one-of-a-kind theatre from the Toronto skyline, saying it’s an “iconic piece of heritage” and a “historical treasure”.
For decades, the hall served as the home of the Toronto Folk Festival, which has been renamed the Toronto Festival.
For most of its life, the theatre was home to the Toronto Opera House, which is now the new York Music Theatre.
In the early 1970s, the city took over the hall for the Ontario Folk Festival and the Royal Festival of Music.
After a year-long renovation, the heritage board decided to leave the hall in its original state.
“We wanted to preserve the history of the theatre and preserve the historic aspects of the building, but at the same time we wanted to create something unique,” Mankins said.
That meant the theatre’s exterior was renovated and replaced with an elaborate, glass-and-steel façade.
An extensive restoration project was undertaken in 2019, and the building is now an art-based venue, with an expansive outdoor stage and a massive, stained glass façades that surround the main stage.
Toronto is a diverse city, and many of the neighbourhoods it represents are growing.
Many people choose to live in neighbourhoods that are known for their cultural diversity.
When it comes to heritage, Toronto is a city that celebrates its history, and there are some neighbourhoods that have the potential to become even more significant.
This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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