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Historicist: A Building of Her Own

How a Russian exile came to Toronto and designed Lawren Harris's Art Deco house.

This weekend, thousands of Torontonians and visitors will explore the nooks and crannies of our landmark buildings through Doors Open. Few of those buildings will have been designed by women architects or by firms led by women.

Portrait, possibly of Alexandra Biriukova, by Yulia Biriukova, 1940.

Portrait, possibly of Alexandra Biriukova, by Yulia Biriukova, 1940. From the Dictionary of Canadian Artists.

Between 1920 and 1968, only 28 women went through the architecture program at the University of Toronto. The first women architects in Canada, among them Toronto’s Esther Marjorie Hill, were more likely to take up careers in historic preservation, public service, or home renovation, and less likely to receive large, private commissions. Prior to the Second World War, only five women had registered as architects in the province of Ontario. One of them was Alexandra Biriukova.

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news

How Toronto’s Papers Covered The Raptors Season Coming To An End

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.

The Toronto Raptors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, bringing an end to their best season in franchise history. In this special edition of Front Page Challenge, we review the four Toronto papers that publish a Saturday edition to see how they capture this bittersweet moment.

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politics

Why is Same-Sex Marriage Still Up for Debate Among Conservatives?

Because it's 2016? Nope.

On a sweltering summer day in July 2014, 115 LGBTQ couples gathered at Casa Loma to say their vows and tie the knot. The largest LGBTQ mass wedding in North America’s history, it was a show of pure love and devotion, a ceremony celebrated by faith leaders across a range of religions with Torontonians from around the world.

Two years later, the Conservative Party of Canada is still trying to decide whether or not they support the legislation that allowed these couples to marry.

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