By Bruce Salvatore, ROM Walks, Department of Museum Volunteers
Queen’s Park, located in central Toronto, was opened in 1860 and dedicated by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to his mother, Queen Victoria. Brimming with history, this ROM walk uncovers the controversy that surrounded awarding a contract to the building the legislature to an American architect.
You’ll also see the home of Canada’s poet finance minister, who turned down an opportunity at being Prime Minister to retire and write poetry. You’ll also hear about his mistress. And then there’s the sculpture that caused a scandal in the United Church when it was displayed outside at Easter.
Architecturally, Queen’s Park offers some of the finest of modern architecture in the “Toronto Style”, as well as the iconic gothic architecture of Victoria College and the Romanesque legislative buildings.