Massey Hall

Massey Hall, built in 1894, has long been the heart of Toronto music. It was designed by Canadian architect Sidney Badgley with a neoclassical facade at 178 Victoria St. and moorish arches that span the width of the interior. He took his inspiration from the Alhambra Place in Spain as well as Louis Sullivan's Chicago Auditorium and Opera house. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir began singing there in 1895, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra played there from 1921 until moving to Roy Thompson hall after their Gala Farewell Concert at Massey Hall on June 4th, 1982.

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1894 Historic photo from 1894 - Massey Hall interior (Shuter St., s.w. corner Victoria St) in Garden DistrictMassey Hall interior (Shuter St., s.w. corner Victoria St)
130 years ago - Garden District - 1894
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1900 Historic photo from 1900 - Interior of Massey Hall looking out from the stage in Garden DistrictInterior of Massey Hall looking out from the stage
124 years ago - Garden District - 1900
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1900 Historic photo from 1900 - Looking from the balcony to the stage and ceiling in Massey Hall in Garden DistrictLooking from the balcony to the stage and ceiling in Massey Hall
124 years ago - Garden District - 1900
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1902 Historic photo from Wednesday, March 5, 1902 - Paderewski playing the piano at Massey Music Hall $1.00 to $2.50 per seat in Garden DistrictPaderewski playing the piano at Massey Music Hall $1.00 to $2.50 per seat
122 years ago - Garden District - Wednesday, March 5, 1902
Max temp: 1.1°C - Min temp: -5.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Massey Music Hall exterior, Toronto, Canada (before fire escapes) in Garden DistrictMassey Music Hall exterior, Toronto, Canada (before fire escapes)
114 years ago - Garden District - 1910
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1911 Historic photo from Wednesday, October 11, 1911 - Toronto Garrison Church Parade program - Massey Hall  in Garden DistrictToronto Garrison Church Parade program - Massey Hall
113 years ago - Garden District - Wednesday, October 11, 1911
Max temp: 14.4°C - Min temp: 11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1919 Historic photo from 1919 - Massey Hall interior looking from the stage out to the audience - Street railway strike meeting in Garden DistrictMassey Hall interior looking from the stage out to the audience - Street railway strike meeting
105 years ago - Garden District - 1919
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from 1919 - Massey Hall interior view of stage in Garden DistrictMassey Hall interior view of stage
105 years ago - Garden District - 1919
Link to archive record - Map location
1925 Historic photo from Friday, October 23, 1925 - Massey Hall interior during a W. L. M. King meeting in Garden DistrictMassey Hall interior during a W. L. M. King meeting
99 years ago - Garden District - Friday, October 23, 1925
Max temp: 7.8°C - Min temp: -1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1926 Historic photo from 1926 - Massey Hall - Toronto Symphony Orchestra fifth season, 1926-1927 in Garden DistrictMassey Hall - Toronto Symphony Orchestra fifth season, 1926-1927
98 years ago - Garden District - 1926
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1947 Historic photo from Friday, November 7, 1947 - People lined up along Shuter Street outside Massey Hall in Garden DistrictPeople lined up along Shuter Street outside Massey Hall
77 years ago - Garden District - Friday, November 7, 1947
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1950 Historic photo from Friday, September 22, 1950 - Looking south across Shuter street to Massey Hall with outside fire-escape in Garden DistrictLooking south across Shuter street to Massey Hall with outside fire-escape
74 years ago - Garden District - Friday, September 22, 1950
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1956 Historic photo from Monday, November 19, 1956 - Massey Hall Audience - Toronto on Sunday -  commissioned by Time Incorporated in Garden DistrictMassey Hall Audience - Toronto on Sunday - commissioned by Time Incorporated
68 years ago - Garden District - Monday, November 19, 1956
Max temp: 8.9°C - Min temp: 1.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1960 Historic photo from 1960 - Walter Susskind in rehearsal at Massey Hall in Garden DistrictWalter Susskind in rehearsal at Massey Hall
64 years ago - Garden District - 1960
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1994 Historic photo from Friday, June 10, 1994 - Massey Hall - fish-eye lens, all decked out in ribbons for its 100th anniversary in Garden DistrictMassey Hall - fish-eye lens, all decked out in ribbons for its 100th anniversary
30 years ago - Garden District - Friday, June 10, 1994
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)