Doors Open in the junction: Toronto Public Library Annette Branch

Toronto Public Library: Annette Branch

145 Annette Street , Toronto, ON M6P 1P3
Telephone: 416-393-7692
District: South (former City of Toronto and East York)
Architect and year:
Ellis & Connery, 1909
Subsequent architect(s)/ consultant(s):
Sillaste & Nakashima Architects
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Last admittance to building: 4:45 pm
Sunday: Not open

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009, Annette Street Branch was designed with features of Edwardian Classicism by Ellis & Connery; James A. Ellis (1856-1935) was the Junction’s most versatile and prolific architect. The library was constructed with a Carnegie grant to the City of West Toronto but opened on 1 September 1909 as the Western Branch of the Toronto Public Library. The heritage building features an elaborate plaster ceiling with a skylight in the foyer, uncovered during a 1979-80 renovation by Sillaste & Nakashima Architects.
Event information:
Sat. 2 – 3:15pm Judi Coburn reads from “The Shacklands” (YA) – having recently settled in the Junction area of West Toronto, young Jessie Robertson dreams of becoming a teacher, but she must take a factory job. Sat. on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4:00 pm, historical characters from the Junction’s storied past will be brought back to life by members of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society. 10 a.m. to noon, Barbara Myrvold of Toronto Library will answer questions and share information about the history of this Carnegie library. “April Showers Bring May Flowers” storytime and craft program for children at 2:30 pm

Photography permitted: Filming permitted:
Interior Yes tripod: Interior tripod:
Exterior Yes tripod: Exterior tripod:

Getting there: Click here for map.
TTC (nearest station) Keele Station Bus/streetcar: Annette Bus
Visit their web site:
Accessibility: Full  Washrooms: Yes  Parking: Paid  Food: No 
Highlights: Kid-friendly  New this year 


Doors Open is probably my favourite annual Toronto event, and I'm glad to see there's even more Junction content than usual. In addition to the library, the Masonic Temple next door will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday, as will Fire Station #423. Also near the library is St. John's Anglican Church, across from Humberside Collegiate.

Regular participants in Doors Open also include the Tibetan Buddhist Temple on Heintzman which will be open both days, and the Congregation Knesseth Israel on Maria Street will be open on Sunday.

Other local options include St. Paul's Runnymede Church on Willard, Lambton House, Swansea Town Hall, Colborne Lodge and the Toronto Zen Centre.

You forgot the Courtyard House, a contractor's garage in a laneway converted to contemporary residential near Old Weston Road and Davenport.

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