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Revitalizing the campus core

The historic heart of U of T’s St. George campus is an oasis of green enjoyed by thousands of students, faculty, staff, visitors and Toronto residents throughout the year. Through the Landmark Project, the University of Toronto is taking the bold step of reclaiming the historic campus core for pedestrians by creating a cohesive, welcoming and beautiful network of people-centric spaces more befitting our status as one of the world’s great universities.

Spacious new plazas and pavilions, meandering paths and gardens, striking vistas and gathering spaces, and removal of surface parking will transform our downtown campus into a much greener, more accessible and socially dynamic place, while at the same time respecting and preserving the intrinsic character, beauty and legacy of one of Canada’s most significant landscapes.

With the support of our community, we will revitalize our breathtaking architectural inheritance and reinstate the St. George campus core as one of the most vibrant and indispensable public spaces in our city and country.

I am so honoured that my colleagues at the School of Graduate Studies have commemorated my time as Vice-Dean with a personalized paving stone outside Convocation Hall. There’s an energy and excitement around Con Hall that is unlike anywhere else at the University. It is the place where we gather to teach and learn and where we celebrate milestones – welcoming new members to our community and saying farewell to our students as they move on to the next stage of their lives.
Elizabeth Smyth (BEd 1977, EdD 1990), Former Vice-Dean, Programs, School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
Dr. Liz Smyth
I have such fond memories of the countless days where my wife Barbara would bring lunch to campus and, weather permitting, we’d picnic in and around King’s College Circle. When Barbara passed away, I wanted to do something to commemorate how important the campus was for us, and the Landmark Project is a perfect way to do it. As Barbara loved flowers, I decided to dedicate a garden and a bench in her honour. The garden will be situated on the Circle and the bench will be placed so that anyone who sits on it will have a lovely view, including the MIE building where I have been a professor for over fifty years.
Charles A. Ward Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering.
Charles A. Ward, Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
When I learned about the Landmark Project, I decided that I could do something for my son. We would name a bench in memory of Raj. It will be permanent and have his name on it.
Bharati “Bee-Bee” Mukherjee
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Bharati 'Bee-Bee' Mukherjee
I’m very appreciative that I'm getting the opportunity to honour my parents and all they did for me.
Paul Shaffer
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Paul Shaffer
We enthusiastically support the Landmark Project’s goal of creating a more inclusive, pedestrianized and student-friendly campus environment
Mathias Memmel President of the University of Toronto Students’ Union.
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U of T President Meric Gertler pictured with UTSU President Anne Boucher with UTSU Past President Mathias Memmel
We share the University’s vision of a modern campus that is fully integrated into the social, cultural, intellectual and environmental life of the city.
Mathias Memmel President of the University of Toronto Students’ Union.
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Being back on campus takes me right back to my student days. We took our classes in the School of Practical Science building, which everybody called the Old Red Skule House.
Esther Atkin (DPTOT 1967)
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Supporting Landmark is about so much more than a paving stone. It’s about creating a spot to gather and remember how important the University of Toronto has been to me and to my family.
Dario Di Censo (BCom 1988 UTM)
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Walking across King’s College Circle on the way to class, attending events at Hart House or playing sports on Back Campus field are such important elements of campus life. The opportunity to make them even better versions of themselves is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Lesley Riedstra (HBA 1995 NEW) and Rian Mitra (BSc 1997 NEW)
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With the support of our community, we will revitalize our breathtaking architectural inheritance and reinstate the St. George campus core as one of the most vibrant and indispensable public spaces in our city and country.
R. Scott MacKendrick (BASc 1982) University of Toronto Alumni Association
Pictured with President Meric Gertler
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With your philanthropic support, the historic core of the St. George campus will again become a showcase and point of pride for the University of Toronto community.

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