Entrances to the Campus
The University and its Affiliated and Federated Colleges and Universities occupy an open district within the city, characteristic of most major institutions and public places in Toronto.
The St. George Campus has some 20 places that function as entrances of some significance. These places have been structured into one of four categories: Gateway Sites, Gates, Markers and Entrances.
Gateway sites include Spadina Circle, the Varsity redevelopment, the intersection of Wellesley Street and Queen's Park Crescent and the northwest corner of College Street and University Avenue. The ensemble of street, building and landscape make these Gateway Sites important landmarks in the City of Toronto with a direct association to the campus.
Gates are a traditional expression of an enclosed entranceway. The University does not have a history of gated entrances, with two exceptions:
A further gate structure is currently located beside the Fitzgerald Building on College Street. Two additional gate structures are proposed on King's College Road: one set at College Street and one set at Convocation Hall.
Markers are special locations where opportunities exist to announce the University of Toronto's location. Markers include the new graduate residence at Spadina Avenue and Harbord Street, the existing St. George Street markers at Bloor Street and at College Street, the Wellesley Street and Queen's Park Crescent intersection, the Hoskin Avenue and Queen's Park Crescent intersection, and TTC subway, streetcar and bus stops. Markers could be incorporated into new buildings or structures to denote the location of the University, or constructed as free standing landscape elements, as on St. George Street. Campus and area maps would be useful additions to these locations.
Entrances are the many street locations where the University and the City of Toronto meet. These locations should be marked by distinctive street signage.