Accessibility update: The elevator at the Ontario Heritage Centre is undergoing refurbishment and will be out of service until February 2018.

Ontario Heritage Centre

Experience the elegance of the Edwardian era at the Ontario Heritage Centre. Built in 1909 for the Canadian Birkbeck Investment and Savings Company, this former financial building is ideally situated in Toronto’s downtown core. Carefully restored features include the wood-panelled Oval Boardroom, marble lobby and one of the last manually operated elevators in the city. The rooms are graced with decorative plaster, wood and ironwork, high ceilings and large windows that provide generous natural light. Combined with friendly, dedicated staff, this landmark building makes any gathering a memorable affair. Learn more about the history of this fascinating building – and about the restoration of The Gallery.


For workshops, lectures or media events in an elegant Edwardian setting (up to 120 guests)

The Gallery

Originally designed as an impressive banking hall, The Gallery retains a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Attendees are greeted at a private entrance (8 Adelaide Street East) and welcomed into a spacious two-storey atrium, linked to an upper mezzanine by a white marble staircase. This dramatic setting – 2,200 square feet (204 square metres) – can be set with round tables or theatre-style, ideal for meetings, seminars, product launches, conferences or media events up to 120 people. (Room configuration: This large room can be configured in a number of ways. We can accommodate up to 120 people theatre-style or up to 60-70 people at round tables for a meeting.)

The Birkbeck Room

Impressive oak-trimmed windows dominate this light-filled setting. Located on the second floor, this 47-foot x 34-foot (14.6-m x 10.4-m) room features a dedicated foyer and cloakroom and accommodates up to 70 guests. The built-in 12-foot (3.7-m) projection screen is frequently used for workshops, seminars and media events. The Birkbeck Room can also be rented as a lunch/dinner room or break-out space in conjunction with the Gallery downstairs. (Room configuration: The Birkbeck comfortably accommodates up to 70 guests theatre-style, up to 48 guests at square tables or up to 26 guests at a U-shaped table.)

The Oval Boardroom

This uniquely designed oak-panelled room, located on the second floor, seats 12 guests in comfort and style around an oak oval board table. The Boardroom is ideal for small corporate meetings or in conjunction with our other two rooms as break-out space.


The prices listed here are effective as of January 19, 2015 and do not include HST (PDF | 120 KB). Please verify rates before booking your event.

Included in the room rental is a site host who can set out any meals ordered from one of our exclusive caterers. The host can also provide beverage service. Authorized credit card is required upon booking for damages and/or payment. A 15 per cent Landmark Levy on the cost of food and catering staff will be added by the caterer to the catering invoice. Revenue generated by Heritage Venues assists the Ontario Heritage Trust, an agency of the Government of Ontario, to preserve and promote our heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Beverage service

Maintained by the site host, coffee, tea, water, canned pop and juice will be replenished for the full duration of your meeting ($5.25 per person for a half day, $7.50 per person for a full day).


By car: From the Gardiner Expressway, take the Yonge Street exit and travel north on Yonge Street to Adelaide Street (one block north of King Street). Turn right onto Adelaide Street East. The Ontario Heritage Centre is a couple doors in from Yonge Street (on the north side of Adelaide Street East).

By transit: Take the subway to the King Street Station. Walk north on Yonge Street one block to Adelaide Street. Turn right onto Adelaide Street East. The Ontario Heritage Centre is at 10 Adelaide Street East (on the north side of the street). More info

Virtual tours

(Virtual tour: Bofei Cao)