Re-imagining local history in busy North Toronto neighbourhood

Re-imagining local history in busy North Toronto neighbourhood

Gibson House and its property of lawns and gardens is a key cultural and heritage site within the former North York, now City of Toronto. Since 1971, the heritage site provided a glimpse into an important part of Ontario’s history through the experience of David Gibson – Scottish immigrant, land surveyor, farmer, politician, and rebel – and his family. His former home, a Georgian Revival farmhouse built in 1851, hosts exhibits that interpret 19th-century domestic arts and rural life skills, including: culinary and textile arts, gardening, and farming.

The built landscape around the museum has changed drastically in recent years. The loss of connection to Yonge Street has created challenges in terms of visibility and awareness. At the same time, the museum’s programming has grown beyond capacity. Taylor Hazell Architects were retained to conduct a needs assessment and provide recommendations for how best to optimize the spaces for current and future program and administrative activities, including a potential expansion.