Our World Tuesday
May 2014 - Toronto ON
We went to some of the buildings opened to the public this past weekend as part of Doors Open.
Another building we went into was the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Peter Munk,(born November 8, 1927) is a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He is the chairman and founder of the mining company Barrick Gold, the world's largest gold-mining corporation. He is also a major donor to the University of Toronto, to which he has donated $50.9 million to establish the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Style: Revival (1800-Early 1900)
Originally constructed in 1909 the building served as a meteorological observation centre and home to the Dominion Meteorological Service. In the 1930s a 24-hour weather service operated from the observatory tower—it was instrumental during the Second World War in training pilots to identify weather patterns.
In 1975, the University of Toronto made the historic building home to admissions and awards. The architecture of the building is notable for combining the features of Romanesque Revival with the requirements of an observatory program. Presently, the address 315 Bloor St. W. reflects both its heritage and new purpose as the home of the Munk School of Global Affairs. The stunning renovation was made possible through the extraordinary benefaction of Peter and Melanie Munk and the generous support of our Federal and Provincial governments.