Todmorden was once a small industrial community that provided lumber, flour, beer and bricks for the city of Toronto. By the mid-20th century, only four buildings (two historic houses, a paper mill and former brewery buidling) remained of this once active community.
In 1965, these structures were expropriated by the Borough of East York to form the Todmorden Mills Heritage Site and Arts Centre. The two historic houses, built in the 19th century, were restored to an 1837 and 1967 interior respectively, and opened to the public in 1967 in celebration of Canada’s centennial.
Upon amalgamation, Todmorden Mills became one of a network of 11 museums operated by the City of Toronto. Within the past two years, an extensive re-restoration project was initiated at Todmorden and the two historic houses have now re-opened with a focus on the lives of the working families who inhabited these homes in the late 1890s and mid-1940s.
Ulana Baluk, Museum Administrator, and Philip Cheong, Museum Coordinator, review the process of re-restoring the houses and share before and after images of the renovated spaces.
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: St. Matthew’s Clubhouse
Riverdale Park East at Langley and Broadview
Admission: $5.00 at door / free to members.
Annual membership: $15.00 per person / $25.00 per couples.
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