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November 15, 2015

Coliseum (1922)
Built in 1922 to hold livestock presentations and the Royal Horse Show, the Coliseum was a joint effort between the Canadian National Exhibition...
Image Credit: Postcard of the interior of the Coliseum during livestock judging, CNE Archives, 1925
Architectural Credit: George Frederick W. Price

September 06, 2015

Queen Elizabeth Building
Image Credit: CNE Archive
Architectural Credit: Page + Steele Inc., with Peter Dickinson as lead designer
Completed in 1956 as the Women’s Building and renamed in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Elizabeth Building was designed by...

Horticulture Building
Image Credit: Horticulture Building Postcard, 1927
Architectural Credit: George Wallace Gouinlock
One of the 12 buildings designed by Toronto architect George Wallace Gouinlock for Exhibition Place, the Horticulture Building was completed in...

September 05, 2015

Dufferin Gate
Image Credit: Toronto Modern,
Architectural Credit: Philip R. Brook
The original main entrance to the exhibition grounds, this historic gateway has been rebuilt three times (1895, 1910, and 1959). The original...

Press Building
Image Credit: Illustration of the Press Building (formerly Administration Building) as part of the 1928 CNE programme. CNE Heritage
Architectural Credit: George Wallace Gouinlock
While the Scadding Cabin might be the oldest building on the exhibition grounds (dating back to 1794 and relocated to Exhibition Place in 1879),...

September 04, 2015

Enercare Centre (National Trade Centre)
One of the newest additions to Exhibition Place is the Enercare Centre. Completed in 1997 and designed in joint venture by Zeidler...
Image Credit: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Architectural Credit: Joint Venture by Zeidler Partnership Architects and Dunlop Farrow Inc.
-Zeidler Partnership Architects

September 03, 2015

George Wallace Gouinlock (1861-1932)
Image Credit: OAA
Architectural Credit: n/a
In 1906 George Wallace Gouinlock was appointed as the official architect of the Industrial Exhibition of Toronto (which in 1912 would be renamed...

September 02, 2015

Horse Palace - Detail
Image Credit: n/a
Architectural Credit: John James Woolnough
Detail of one of the many low relief that decorate the Horse Palace (1931) designed by City of Toronto Architect John James...

Horse Palace
Image Credit: CNE Archives
Architectural Credit: John James Woolnough
Built to support the equestrian events of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1931, the Horse Palace is considered one of the finest examples...

September 01, 2015

The Bandshell
The Art-Deco CNE Bandshell was built in 1936, replacing the bandstand that had occupied this area of Exhibition Place since 1906. Modeled after...
Image Credit: Bandshell 1936, via
Architectural Credit: Craig and Madill Architects

August 31, 2015

The Princes’ Gates
Image Credit: The Princes' Gates, ca. 1927, City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 16, Series 71, Item 5795.
Architectural Credit: Chapman and Oxley
The eastern entrance to the Canadian National Exhibition grounds was built in 1927 to commemorate 60 years of Canadian Confederation...