Tom Patterson is a local hero: a man who, by daring to dream, changed the face of his country and the economy of his hometown.
In 1952, with a $125 grant from City Council, Tom set out to establish a six-week Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Now, 66 years later, the Stratford Festival operates year round and has welcomed 28 million theatregoers, generating billions of dollars’
worth of economic activity for the city. In 2020, to mark the 100thanniversary of his birth, the Stratford Festival will dedicate a glorious new theatre to Tom Patterson.
“The project will become one of the
most important cultural venues in the country”
The Globe and Mail
A Legacy Building by a Renowned
The new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre, located at 111 Lakeside Drive in Stratford, will be designed by Siamak Hariri, of Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini, an architect who is passionate about the transformative potential of architecture. Winner of more than 50 architectural
awards, including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, Mr. Hariri is the architect behind the breathtaking Baha’i Temple of South America, and, closer to home, the Richard Ivey Building at Western University in London, as well as the Schulich School of Business at York University. His design will give
Stratford a treasured landmark for generations to come.