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.
Name & Location
McLaughlin Planetarium 90 Queen's Park University, Toronto
University of Toronto
Children's Own Museum
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.
The following companies are associated with this building
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.
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.
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.
Royal Ontario Museum agrees to sell McLaughlin Planetarium site to University of Toronto Author - Chrissie Oâ€™Brien, Daily Commercial News and Construction Record Date - 19 February 2009 More information
Petition launched to save McLaughlin Planetarium from demolition Author - Laura Beeston, Toronto Star Date - 27 January 2017 More information
â€˜It was magicalâ€™: Architect wants University of Torontoâ€™s McLaughlin Planetarium preserved Author - Erica Vella, Global News Date - 24 January 2017 More information
Old Toronto Series & ACO Toronto present: The History of McLaughlin Planetarium Author - Old Toronto Series Date - 31 July 2019 More information
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 More information
Centre for Civilizations and Cultures to replace McLaughlin Planetarium Author - Sheridan Cunningham, The Varsity Date - 1 February 2016 More information
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" More information
U. of T. Buys Old McLaughlin Planetarium Land From ROM For $22 Million Author - CityNews Toronto Date - 26 January 2009 More information
U of T proposes to build cultural complex where McLaughlin Planetarium stands Author - CityNews, Toronto Date - 9 September 2014 More information
Support to save McLaughlin Planetarium building growing Author - CTV Toronto Date - 1 October 2014 More information
Sirrah McLaughlin Author - David Topping, Torontoist Date - 1 March 2008 More information
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 More information