Roy Thomson Hall

 

Front view across King Street.

 

Situated on one of Toronto’s most historical sites, Roy Thomson Hall sits on a square block of partial greenery, with a private pond, enclosed by the streets of King, Simcoe and Wellington. As a joint effort, architect, Arthur Erickson, along with Mathers & Haldenby Associated Architects envisioned this new embodiment of the old Massey Hall as one of the world’s finest concert halls of our time.

The unique architectural piece is a lively and dramatic contrast to the massive, foreboding concrete buildings commonplace to the city back in the 1970s.1 Completed on September 1982, the building is home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Roy Thomson Hall’s shining glass exterior echoes its melodic function, making it a symbol of musical beauty in Toronto’s downtown core.

 

Roy Thomson Hall in context with the surrounding cityscape.

 

by Sarah Obtinalla

1 Kritzwiser, Kay. “Roy Thomson Hall.” BRAVO Sept. 1982 75+. Print.

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