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McLaughlin Planetarium

LAST UPDATE: September 5 2019

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photo credit, courtesy of Bob Krawczyk

photo credit, courtesy of Bob Krawczyk

AT RISK INFORMATION
At risk status:
This building is at risk

Info:

In 2014 the University of Toronto proposed demolishing the building in favour of a new structure to house multiple U of T faculties, as well as public space.

BUILDING INFORMATION
Name & Location
McLaughlin Planetarium
90 Queen's Park
University, Toronto

Owner:
University of Toronto

OTHER IDENTIFICATION
Alternate names:
Children's Own Museum

Notes:

Opened in October 1968, The McLaughlin Planetarium was shut down on November 5, 1995. Since then, the building hosted the Children's Own Museum for some time, and is presently in use only as storage space. A proposal in 2005 to replace the building with a condominium tower was rejected after adverse public reaction. In 2009, the ROM sold the Planetarium to the University of Toronto, which in 2014 proposed demolishing the building in favour of a new structure to house multiple U of T faculties, as well as public space. Currently, the building is in use only as storage space for the Royal Ontario Museum.

Status:
Completed

Year Completed:
1968

Map:
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Companies:
The following companies are associated with this building

BUILDING DATA
Type:
Mid-rise

Current use:
Abandoned

Former use:
Museum

Heritage:
No heritage status

Sources:

Sources

  1. Concrete Toronto: A guidebook to concrete architecture from the fifties to the seventies
    Author - Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart
    Page - 148-153
    Notes - Essay by Scott Weir.

  2. The Globe and Mail
    Date - November 26, 2005
    Page - M6
    Notes - Michael Prokopow (not the author of the article) calls for preservation of this building.

  3. The Globe and Mail
    Author - John Bentley Mays
    Date - July 17, 2009
    Page - G2
    Notes - Article about the sale of this land to the U of T by the ROM, commenting on the development history of the site.

  4. Royal Ontario Museum agrees to sell McLaughlin Planetarium site to University of Toronto
    Author - Chrissie O’Brien, Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
    Date - 19 February 2009
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  5. McLaughlin Planetarium
    Author - Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
    Date - 1969
    Document - 4e0ff942c164cf6af93c7eb19aaf6500.pdf
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  6. Petition launched to save McLaughlin Planetarium from demolition
    Author - Laura Beeston, Toronto Star
    Date - 27 January 2017
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  7. ‘It was magical’: Architect wants University of Toronto’s McLaughlin Planetarium preserved
    Author - Erica Vella, Global News
    Date - 24 January 2017
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  8. Old Toronto Series & ACO Toronto present: The History of McLaughlin Planetarium
    Author - Old Toronto Series
    Date - 31 July 2019
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  9. McLaughlin Planetarium and Royal Ontario Museum
    Author - City of Toronto Archives
    Date - between 1980 and 1998
    Notes - Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 197, Item 7
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  10. Centre for Civilizations and Cultures to replace McLaughlin Planetarium
    Author - Sheridan Cunningham, The Varsity
    Date - 1 February 2016
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  11. McLaughlin Planetarium, Royal Ontario Museum
    Author - Canadian Astronomical Society
    Date - 1998
    Notes - This note was excerpted from an item appearing in "Canandian Council of Science Centres, Issue No 3"
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  12. U. of T. Buys Old McLaughlin Planetarium Land From ROM For $22 Million
    Author - CityNews Toronto
    Date - 26 January 2009
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  13. U of T proposes to build cultural complex where McLaughlin Planetarium stands
    Author - CityNews, Toronto
    Date - 9 September 2014
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  14. Support to save McLaughlin Planetarium building growing
    Author - CTV Toronto
    Date - 1 October 2014
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  15. Sirrah McLaughlin
    Author - David Topping, Torontoist
    Date - 1 March 2008
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  16. THE SCOOP | Toronto May Soon Get A New 9-Story Cultural Hub And Concert Hall
    Author - Anya Wassenberg, Ludwig Van Toronto
    Date - 22 February 2019
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