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Doors Open and the Gladstone remembered

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This weekend is Doors Open where we all get to peek inside buildings and places that we are usually too busy to explore (or those pesky security guards keep us from entering). You can check out the Doors Open website for any of the buildings that are on your wish list.

Our friends over at the Gladstone Hotel will have two exhibition rooms on their second floor showcasing highlights from an archival exhibition created for the Gladstone’s Grand Opening Celebrations in December 2005. This exhibition of archives and memorabilia explores glimpses of the social, architectural, hotel and bar history of the Gladstone from 1889 to present. The exhibition will include photographs by Doug Forster. These photographs have not been previously exhibited. His portraits portray both the prior residents and the state of the architecture prior to the Gladstone’s recent restoration. The Gladstone Hotel is located at 1214 Queen Street West, just east of Dufferin.