The Royal Ontario Museum has been changing its look for years. Its Crystal addition was greatly criticized when built 10 years ago, and ever since the ROM’s façade has had some serious renovations. However, the construction of the newly announced outdoor plaza and performance space is a project strongly backed by the city and critics. The Helga and Mike Schmidt Performance Terrace and the Reed Family Plaza, which will be completed by early 2019, will spread over 5,500 square feet beside the ROM’s new entrance. This creative enterprise is part of ROM’s Welcome Project, which will improve access to the museum and strengthen its role as an indispensable hub for Toronto.
Designed by Toronto architect, Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontini Architects, the open air performance terrace will host live musical and theatre performances, while the elegant plaza space will be beautifully landscaped and provide visitor seating for people to gather and relax.
Looking back at our younger days today. #DYK March 19 marks our 104 year open to the public. We’ve had a lot of work done since 1914. Including 3 expansions & our newest renovation with our Heritage Weston Queens Park doors that have allowed for greater collections, additional galleries, more research and better access for the public. We’d like to thank all our followers and visitors for contributing to our success throughout all this time. We are looking forward to the next 104. #hbd
Lead donors are Helga Schmidt, and Nita and Don Reed. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are now taking another important step in our revitalization plans by animating the space around the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal on Bloor Street,” said Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “The addition of the Helga and Mike Schmidt Performance Terrace, and the Reed Family Plaza will create a seamless link between the Museum and Bloor Street and serve as a welcoming space that brings people together in the heart of the city.”
The first stage of renovations was completed in December. This included fixing the façade on the Queens Park side and the re-opening of the Weston entrance doors. The performance terrace will be on the NW corner of the Museum overlooking Philosopher’s Walk.
The project will deepen the ROM’s connection with the community. During construction, both the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal Entrance on Bloor Street and the Weston Entrance on Queen’s Park will be open.
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