Thursday, June 7, 2012
Probably the most impressive feature of the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto building is the Longhouse which is located on the main floor. It is a contemporary interpretation of a canvas and bent willow teaching lodge that exists at Curve Lake with its size and shape being the same but the canvas has been replaced by cedar and the framing is done like a geodesic dome. The floor is patterned after the traditional mats found in a longhouse and the lights were designed to cast a fireside ambience. (The lights are actually made from recycled florescent tubes.) The Longhouse can be set up for seating in circles or a long table can be erected down the centre. It is a gorgeous, special place.