York Urbanist

3 McMICHAEL GALLERY – Iconic Buildings

December 26th, 2011

Globe and Mail

Its history has recently been checkered by some bickering over management of the facility and by board appointments, but the building in its setting is a treasure hidden from Islington Avenue, Kleinburg.  The building is one that brings an understanding to Canadian Art. An exterior of log construction and
interior temperature / humidity controlled, it was state of the art on completion.  Set amongst the woods that are reminiscent of the Group of Seven, the site has been further improved lately with the addition of a sculpture garden adjacent to the abundantly treed entrance drive. The exterior art is an extension of the story told by the façade of the building.

The building has been expanded on several occasions, but you would not know it until it is explained in the display on the interior.  The class of the edifice is epitomized by the number of photographs taken as part of ceremonies or just casual visits.

More so than the City Hall, McMichael is emblematic of things Vaughan.  It is second only to the notoriety of Canada’s Wonderland as a Vaughan landmark, but with sophistication (not pretentiousness) that is lacking at the collection of wood and metal seen from Highway 400.

Iconic Rating – 9 out of 10

Desirability – 9.5 out of 10

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