Canadian Gothic at U of T: Improvements at Hart House’s Gallery Grill

Canadian Gothic at U of T: Improvements at Hart House’s Gallery Grill

Hart House is a student activity centre at the University of Toronto. Built in 1919, this stunning example of Collegiate Gothic Revival architecture was conceived as a place for cultural, intellectual and recreational activities. Overlooking the Great Hall and courtyard, the second storey Gallery Grill is a distinguished dining venue. Its interiors demonstrate great design and craftsmanship, featuring high groin vaulted ceilings, expressed wood beams, and arched windows with limestone dressings.

Taylor Hazell Architects have been engaged by the University to renovate the Gallery Grill dining hall, kitchen and café/bar lounge and coordinate mechanical and acoustical upgrades. A series of discreet alterations will greatly improve the environmental comfort while respecting the heritage character of the space.

This unique facility will undergo a renovation this summer and will reopen in the fall in time for its centenary.