Harris Legacy Tours

WC Harris, architect

WC Harris, architect

Locals and visitors can learn more about the life and work of our city’s most famous architect, William Critchlow Harris (1854-1913), by taking a walking tour through the centre of the city.  Developed by the Institute for Architectural Studies and Conservation as a fundraiser and part of their educational programming, it is delivered by trained volunteers.

The tour takes about an hour and a half and runs Tuesday through Saturday, weather permitting. Custom tours on request for groups of four or more.

Details and reservations from the coordinator at 940 3934 or 566 1799. The cost is $10 per person, or $25 for a family.

Over a dozen buildings in brick, stone and wood are interpreted.These included family homes, commercial buildings and churches. After taking the tour, you look at our heritage buildings with different eyes. “To William Harris, a building was a sociable, human thing, not an intellectual, calculated abstraction.” Canon R.C. Tuck (Gothic Dreams, the Architecture of W. C. Harris)

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