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.