Going Up | Architecture, History and Elevators

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Led by Joshua Nelson of the Elevator Scene Studio

Explore elevators and their indispensable role in cities and architecture across Toronto from the turn of the 20th century to the latest advances in the vertical transportation industry.

This walk will explore exemplary historical elevators dating as far back as 1894 at the Flatiron Building to panoramic glass elevators overlooking 14 storeys at the Atrium on Bay. Along the way, learn about the role that elevators play in modern cities, how we can better think the vertical commute and the technological advances that allow people to live and work closer than ever before.

*** Featuring the elevators at the Ontario Heritage Centre and the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre ***

The walk ends at Yonge and Dundas Square.


Busy sidewalks, the walk will have rest breaks, there will be stairs and non-accessible curb cuts

About Jane’s Walk:

Jane's Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), a writer, urbanist and activist who championed the voices of everyday people in neighbourhood planning and city-building. It encourages people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours. Learn more at www.janeswalk.org.


Meet in front of Union Station where the walk leader is set up