Designed in 1958 by British-born architect Alan Crossley and consulting engineer Laurence Cazaly. Built in 1959. A unique example of space-age architecture in Toronto.
Note photo from Panda Fonds showing the early condition with a sculpture lit by the opening in the roof. A lovely gesture to the everyday users of the place.
On July 16, 17 and 18, 2019, Toronto City Council adopted the following: 1. City Council direct the Senior Manager, Heritage Preservation Services, in consultation with the Director, Parks Development and Capital Projects, to evaluate the Oculus Park Pavilion in South Humber Park, Etobicoke for designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act and report to the Toronto Preservation Board and the Etobicoke York Community Council.The motion was put forward by Ward 3 Councillor Mark Grimes, seconded by Councillor Frances Nunziata.
On July 23, 2019, it was announced that a community-initiative, led by ACO Toronto, ACO NextGen, and Giaimo Architects, to revitalize The Oculus was one of five recipients of Park People's 2019 Public Space Incubator grant, funded by Ken and Eti Greenberg and Balsam Foundation. This revitalization project aims to transform The Oculus into a welcoming community gathering place along the trail by restoring and cleaning the existing pavilion and implementing flexible and contextual outdoor furniture. The project will also include a series of engaging and educational programming, such as walking tours, design workshops, and an installation, that bring new life to The Oculus and provide the community with ongoing occasions to visit the site, explore the space, and learn about Toronto’s built heritage.