Dominion Modern: Museum of Modern Architecture & Design needs your help for MEAN CITY

In 2003, Dominion Modern presented two unprecedented exhibitions in Toronto, Peter Dickinson Architect and Hugh Robertson Photographer. In 2005 they will present MEAN CITY, their most ambitious exhibition yet, bringing architecture, art and design together to showcase the exciting age of plastics, aeronautics and the best in modern Canadian architecture.

Dominion Modern had hoped to stage a version of MEAN CITY in spring 2004 to coincide with Doors Open Toronto. Although they experienced a good start in private fundraising and negotiating the vast Banking Hall at Toronto’s Sun Life Building as their exhibition space, they still endured a budget shortfall. Their expected boost from Canada Council never came, so 2004 was spent conducting more research and collecting to present a bigger and better MEAN CITY in 2005.

An additional 30 people were interviewed to add to their Oral History collection, and the stories of Canadian architects and designers were recorded. Macklin Hancock, Jeanne and Jeffery Parkin, Macy Dubois, Henry Fliess, Eberhard Zeidler, Jerome Markson, Court Noxon and Stefan Siwinski are just a few of the new interviewees. Let Dominion Modern know if you have colleagues or friends interested in participating in the Oral History project. Recently they have started using videotape in their recordings. Please make a donation to support this effort.

Dominion Modern has been actively collecting exhibition materials from the Toronto International Airport Aeroquay No. 1 (as it was being demolished), Maple Leaf Plastics, the Canadian National Exhibition, the Toronto Transit Commission, Canadian General Electric, and A.V. Roe Canada. In 2004 they received new donations of artifacts and photographs from Hugh Robertson and Dieter Reppin. They are being catalogued now, and will be available along with the oral history tapes for research purposes once Dominion Modern has a permanent venue. As their current space at Bay and College Streets in downtown Toronto is being renovated for a new permanent tenant, Dominion Modern is forced to seek an office elsewhere, preferably street-level space in a downtown mid-century building. Any help in finding appropriate space would be most appreciated.

Officially, Dominion Modern is a museum, a non-profit Canadian corporation and registered charity. They are able to issue tax receipts for donations in excess of $25. Please help them continue the work of bringing the best of modern Canadian architecture and industrial design to the public. There are plans to print an exhibition catalogue to accompany MEAN CITY, and as usual, every dollar donated is used to prepare and present the work. Cheques should be made out to DOMINION MODERN, and mailed to 153 Robert Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2K6. For more information, please contact them at that address, or by e-mail at or by telephone at (416) 825-6489.