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The Grange 2008 and the Ridley Members’ Lounge

July 4th, 2008

Since The Grange closed in 2005 – when the entire house was encased in wood to protect it during construction – staff, volunteers, members and the public have been looking forward to revisiting the historic house. This fall, when the transformed AGO opens to the public, The Grange will enjoy more visibility than before the expansion, and in fact will become even more integral to the AGO.

The Gallery’s Ridley Members’ Lounge will now reside in The Grange on its ground floor. The new location will create a distinctive setting for members to relax, while ensuring that the house is an integrated part of an AGO visit. Public access to the Goldwin Smith library and historic kitchen complex will continue.

"All plans have taken into consideration a house that is valued as the AGO’s first home, and that will continue to be celebrated for its heritage," said Jenny Rieger, historic site coordinator, The Grange.

The AGO has devoted considerable resources to protect and conserve art associated with The Grange. The nineteenth-century portrait of William Henry Boulton by George Berthon was recently restored through a generous donation from Gretchen and Donald Ross. Extensive care was also taken to protect the large painted glass window above the main foyer throughout construction, and the heating and humidity monitoring system has been upgraded. Volunteers will continue to be a critical part of The Grange and the new AGO, helping to welcome members and visitors.

  • Bernard

    The Grange as a members’ lounge? Does this mean that most of it will no longer be a heritage home open to all visitors? A tour of the Grange was the last thing I did at the end of every visit to the AGO. I’d hate to think that it won’t re-open as it was before this renovation.

  • Bernard

    The Grange as a members’ lounge? Does this mean that most of it will no longer be a heritage home open to all visitors? A tour of the Grange was the last thing I did at the end of every visit to the AGO. I’d hate to think that it won’t re-open as it was before this renovation.

  • susan bloch-nevitte

    Be assured that the public will still have access to the historic Grange house. The library on the main floor as well as the kitchen/larder on the lower floor will be open to the public, and will be animated with artist projects and interpretive programs. We also hope to upgrade the upper floor to enable community use, but this is a longer-term ambition.

  • susan bloch-nevitte

    Be assured that the public will still have access to the historic Grange house. The library on the main floor as well as the kitchen/larder on the lower floor will be open to the public, and will be animated with artist projects and interpretive programs. We also hope to upgrade the upper floor to enable community use, but this is a longer-term ambition.

  • Raphael

    I think it would be excellent if the new Ridley Members’ Lounge was covered by a complimentary WiFi network! Then members could not only sit, chat, and read printed matter, but also electronic matter!

  • Raphael

    I think it would be excellent if the new Ridley Members’ Lounge was covered by a complimentary WiFi network! Then members could not only sit, chat, and read printed matter, but also electronic matter!

  • Matt C.

    I absolutely agree with the WiFi suggestion. What next, no plugs or artificial lights allowed?

  • Matt C.

    I absolutely agree with the WiFi suggestion. What next, no plugs or artificial lights allowed?