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RESIDENTIAL GUIDELINES

If you're among the people dying to know what's coming to Observatory Hill, some really interesting information has just been released. Residential guidelines are finally prepared and were recently made available. What does that mean for you? Well, it means quite a lot, but specifically, the whole site now has an architectural vision, and it's very exciting. We've assembled a list of 5 standout features that we hope will get you as fired-up about this world-class project as we are...

COVID-19: What you need to know from our team

Observatory Hill Presentation Centres are reopening. Here’s what you need to know about our health and safety protocols amidst the current pandemic.

How To Decide Between Deck Vs Patio

In the battle between deck vs patio, which outdoor feature will make your backyard landscaping dreams come true? We’re breaking down the details of each option to make it easier for you to decide what’s best for your home. 

A LOCAL STAR

Image Credit: National Film Board Of Canada

Anyone who’s ever visited the David Dunlap Observatory knows it’s an incredibly special place. Not only is it strikingly beautiful, it also carries an aura that’s almost surreal; perhaps that’s why it was chosen to be a star, -in the figurative sense of course.

In 1960 the film “Universe” was released by the National Film Board of Canada, and was met with much praise. It was nominated for an Oscar in the ‘best documentary’ category the year it was released, and offered some of the most vivid special effects anyone had ever seen. It also happened to feature Richmond Hill’s own David Dunlap Observatory, from which Dr. Donald MacRae can be seen going about his work, which is anything but routine; he’s exploring the universe. Perhaps what’s most interesting about the film though, is how it, its makers, its cast, and its effects inspired another.

It’s said that Stanley Kubrick attended a screening of “Universe” and it inspired him to make his own space-centric film, the Oscar award winning 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick was so enamoured in fact, that he hired Colin Low (one of the directors of “Universe”), Wally Gentleman (the film’s optical effects expert), and Douglas Rain (narrator of “Universe) who would voice the now iconic Hal 9000 to help him with his film.
So, not only does the David Dunlap Observatory have a history of accolades in Canadian space exploration, it’s also has a firm connection to Hollywood and will forever live amongst its many stars. Wouldn’t you love to live near a place steeped in such history, innovation, and inspiration? We know just the place.

A LOCAL STAR

Image Credit: National Film Board Of Canada

Anyone who’s ever visited the David Dunlap Observatory knows it’s an incredibly special place. Not only is it strikingly beautiful, it also carries an aura that’s almost surreal; perhaps that’s why it was chosen to be a star, -in the figurative sense of course.

In 1960 the film “Universe” was released by the National Film Board of Canada, and was met with much praise. It was nominated for an Oscar in the ‘best documentary’ category the year it was released, and offered some of the most vivid special effects anyone had ever seen. It also happened to feature Richmond Hill’s own David Dunlap Observatory, from which Dr. Donald MacRae can be seen going about his work, which is anything but routine; he’s exploring the universe. Perhaps what’s most interesting about the film though, is how it, its makers, its cast, and its effects inspired another.

It’s said that Stanley Kubrick attended a screening of “Universe” and it inspired him to make his own space-centric film, the Oscar award winning 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick was so enamoured in fact, that he hired Colin Low (one of the directors of “Universe”), Wally Gentleman (the film’s optical effects expert), and Douglas Rain (narrator of “Universe) who would voice the now iconic Hal 9000 to help him with his film.
So, not only does the David Dunlap Observatory have a history of accolades in Canadian space exploration, it’s also has a firm connection to Hollywood and will forever live amongst its many stars. Wouldn’t you love to live near a place steeped in such history, innovation, and inspiration? We know just the place.

RESIDENTIAL GUIDELINES

If you're among the people dying to know what's coming to Observatory Hill, some really interesting information has just been released. Residential guidelines are finally prepared and were recently made available. What does that mean for you? Well, it means quite a lot, but specifically, the whole site now has an architectural vision, and it's very exciting. We've assembled a list of 5 standout features that we hope will get you as fired-up about this world-class project as we are...

COVID-19: What you need to know from our team

Observatory Hill Presentation Centres are reopening. Here’s what you need to know about our health and safety protocols amidst the current pandemic.

How To Decide Between Deck Vs Patio

In the battle between deck vs patio, which outdoor feature will make your backyard landscaping dreams come true? We’re breaking down the details of each option to make it easier for you to decide what’s best for your home. 

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