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Hot Art: Relive Old Toronto at the Spadina Museum

An excellent showcase of heritage preservation in Toronto has become even better thanks to the recent restoration of Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens. A Midtown fixture since 1866, the home underwent an extensive revitalization to reflect its 1920s and ‘30s heyday, a period during which its longtime owners and residents, the Austin family, lived through economic, political, social and cultural changes that heralded the birth of the modern age. Artifacts, documents and themed tours speak to this transitional time. Just as intriguing is the restoration itself: 14 rooms and six common areas feature painstakingly reproduced (and, in some cases, preserved) furnishings, lighting, wallpaper and more—all fine examples of this city’s historical and cultural inheritance. Open Saturday and Sunday, 285 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910.

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