The ROM has broken ground on the Helga and Mike Schmidt Performance Terrace and the Reed Family Plaza, the exciting next step in the Museum’s Welcome Project, established to provide greater access to the Museum and enhance our role as a vital civic hub for the City and its visitors. Slated for completion in early 2019, the project will create a vibrant streetscape and outdoor gathering space around the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal entrance on Bloor Street. Encompassing nearly 5,500 square feet of exterior space, the initiative was made possible by lead donors Nita and Don Reed, and Helga and Mike Schmidt.
In December, the ROM completed the first stage of the Welcome Project with renovations to the Museum’s landmark Queen’s Park façade and the re-opening of the Weston entrance doors.
Designed by renowned Toronto architect Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects, the project will be anchored by beautiful gardens and greenspace, as well as an outdoor performance terrace. The Plaza, which runs along the Museum’s north-facing façade, will feature an elegant garden space with plantings and seating that will enhance the pedestrian experience and offer visitors an inviting spot to meet, sit and relax.
The Performance Terrace will be located on the north-west side of the Museum overlooking Philosopher’s Walk. The outdoor performance and event space will provide a unique open-air venue for music, theatre, discourse, and performances for all to enjoy. This project opens the doors of the Museum wider while providing new ways to deepen the ROM’s connection with the community and participate in the urban life of the City.