From Whitby Junction to Station Gallery
In 1967, a group of passionate arts enthusiasts in Whitby started a community gallery, operating under the name Whitby Arts Inc.
In 1969, the group, supported by interested volunteers and benefactors purchased Whitby's Grand Trunk Railway Station which had been slated for demolition
It was moved to Henry and Victoria Streets in 1971. The name 'Station Gallery' was adopted to reflect the heritage.
Station Gallery began a major transformation on November 11, 2005 supported by unprecedented municipal cultural commitment. The original Victorian Railway Station and Port Stanley boxcar were moved across the street to its new location on the Iroquois Park Sports Complex landscape and expanded.
The building expansion saw Station Gallery's space increase to close to 10,000 sq. feet. Designed by Phil Goldsmith of the nationally acclaimed Goldsmith, Borgal and Company, the new addition significantly enhanced gallery capacity with increased exhibit, studio, collection storage and administrative space.
The newly renovated Station Gallery re-opened on January 3, 2006 with an exhibition comprised of a selection of works from the Canada Council Art Bank entitled Cross-Over.
Station Gallery has operated as a community visual arts centre for over 35 years. Be sure to stop in and check out the beautiful architecture of both the new and previous Station Gallery exhibition spaces. Admission to the Station Gallery is free.
Do you have a favourite memory with Station Gallery? Email us your story, it's always great to hear how Station Gallery continues to be a part of the history of the Town of Whitby and community of Durham Region.