The Ontario Historical Society is pleased to participate again this year in Doors Open Toronto, on Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29, 2022. Please visit us at the historic John McKenzie House at 34 Parkview Avenue in Willowdale, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with last entry at 4:45 p.m.
Style: Edwardian (1900-1916)
Original Architect: John McKenzie
The John McKenzie House was built in 1913, in a style that has been described as Queen Anne Revival, Arts and Crafts, and Edwardian. The grand red brick house is profiled by a large L -shaped veranda with stylized Doric columns. Significant interior features include the centre hall plan, a vestibule door and sidelights with bevelled leaded glass, a large leaded art glass window that lights the landing of the main staircase, panelled doors, and original radiators.
In 1993, the Ontario Historical Society (OHS) entered into a partnership with the former City of North York to preserve and restore the John McKenzie House, which serves as the provincial headquarters of the OHS. In 2016, a slate roof restoration project was completed to return the roof back to its original condition.
Visitors to the John McKenzie House can learn about the history of the house, which was slated for demolition in the early 1990s. The house was ultimately saved and restored by the Ontario Historical Society (OHS) with support from the local Willowdale community. Hear about the role the John McKenzie House has played in the history of the neighbourhood.
Visitors will also be able to visit the adjacent buildings and grounds. This includes the Coach House which houses the OHS library, stable, and milk house and Parkview Neighbourhood Garden, where volunteers will be working (weather permitting). Staff of the OHS will also offer insight into how a not-for-profit heritage organization works across Ontario to help protect and preserve our natural and built heritage.
Photography / Filming
Interior photography permitted, including tripod
Interior filming permitted, without tripod
Ramp access to ground floor at rear entrance. Stair-only access to second floor (1 flight, 14 steps).
Mask wearing and hand sanitizing are highly encouraged.