About

Wychwood Barns is a community cultural hub in Toronto’s Wychwood neighbourhood. It includes spaces for 26 artist live/work studios, 15 artist work studios, 9 non-profit arts and environmental organizations and a 7,680 square-foot event venue in Barn 2.

History

The Barns are designated heritage structures. The original streetcar repair barns were built between 1913-1921 for the Toronto Civic Railway and later the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) – an excellent example of twentieth-century industrial architecture. By 1985, however, they were declared surplus and boarded up.

Following extensive community consultations and approval by the City of Toronto and Artscape, the building was developed into an adaptive re-use plan for the building in 2006. The $23-million redevelopment was completed in 2008, designed by architects Joe Lobko and DTAH.

Today, the Barns are owned by the City of Toronto and operated by ArtHubs. As the property manager, ArtHubs manages building operations and tenancy of the building. Artscape Non-Profit Homes Inc. administers the residential component of the Barns as part of its arrangement with the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing program and the Affordable Housing Office of the City of Toronto. The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation operates the park and space surrounding three sides of the Barns. For more information on the park space, including obtaining a permit for its use, please consult the City of Toronto’s website.

ArtHubs On-Site Office

Office Location: Studio 171
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Email: wychwoodbarns@arthubs.ca

Telephone: 647-696-6962

To find a specific Wychwood Barns staff member's contact information, click here.

Photography Requests

The Barns a gorgeous, unique space both inside and on its grounds, making it a popular spot for special-occasion photography. Book your indoor photo shoot at arthubsevents.ca.

For outdoor photo shoots, please contact the City of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation for permits to shoot outdoors in Wychwood Barns Park.

What's Public, What's Not

The Barns mixes public and private spaces. We welcome you at our public events, but live/work studios are private. Avoid knocking on doors unless you are expected by the tenant or organization, or you know they are holding a public-facing event.

The washrooms in the building are open to the public.

Review our Info for Visitors page for information on transit, parking, photography permits and more. Take a virtual tour

Wychwood Barns Park

Wychwood Barns Park, run by City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation, surrounds the site of the Wychwood Barns on three sides. For more information on this park, please consult the City of Toronto’s website.

ArtHubs and WBCA

ArtHubs (as property manager of the Wychwood Barns) enjoys a uniquely collaborative relationship with the Wychwood Barns Community Association (WBCA). The WBCA encourages members of the community to join them and get involved as volunteers in their current and upcoming projects and initiatives--read more on their page.

Environmental Features

We’re one of the first designated heritage sites in Canada to be awarded LEED Gold Canada certification. Environmental and energy-efficient features include:

  • A geo-thermal heating, ventilation and air conditioning system
  • Stormwater harvesting and reuse system
  • Energy efficient lighting and appliances
  • Water-conserving plumbing fixtures
  • White roof (reflects solar heat; reduces need for air conditioning in summer months)
  • 100% recycled environmentally-friendly siding panels

Awards

  • 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award: Institutional (finalist)
  • 2010 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Brownfields Award
  • 2009 OAA Award for Design Excellence
  • 2009 OAA Best in Show Award
  • 2009 Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award
  • 2009 Canadian Green Building Awards
  • 2009 Green Toronto Awards for Green Design (finalist)
  • 2008 Brownie Award for Excellence in Project Development: Neighbourhood Scale
  • AND... we are proud that two 2015 Heritage Toronto Award Nominees included Barns-related contenders: in the Media category, Teresa Casas and her blog Back to the Park, and in the Short Publication category, Stephanie Lever and her article “Before the Barns: The Edwards Family and their Leather Factory,” published by the York Pioneer and Historical Society.

Land Acknowledgment

ArtHubs acknowledges Toronto as a sacred gathering place for many Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. We recognize the long history of First Nations and Métis Peoples in Ontario, and show respect to the Mississaugas of New Credit.