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Discover 401

A heritage building in the heart of downtown

An urban oasis of shops, galleries, cafes and courtyard gardens – 401 Richmond is a must-see hidden gem, right in the heart of Toronto’s historic fashion district. We welcome visitors to explore our many public areas and amenities during our public hours or join us for a guided tour.

Below are some of the special features that can be found on each floor of 401 Richmond. For more on individual tenants, check out the Tenant Directory to see who’s here and what they do!

You can also download a copy of our Gallery Guide, or pick one up on your way into the building.

Main Floor

As you enter 401 Richmond from Richmond and Spadina, you’ll find yourself in our expansive front lobby, where you’ll be greeted by warm brick walls, century-old wood features, and sun-soaked windows. To the left is the 401 Lounge, a cozy gathering space to meet friends or sip a cup of coffee. The lobby is always stocked with copies of our 401 Update Newsletter available to visitors, or you can peruse our tenant directory there. The main floor is home to ten galleries: Open StudioA Space Gallery, Abbozzo GalleryThe Red Head GalleryGallery 44Urbanspace GalleryTangled Art Gallery (TAG)Prefix ICAYYZ Artists’ Outlet and Trinity Square Video. Just around the corner from the main lobby you can visit our unique interior courtyard and stop by The Roastery Coffee House for a coffee or a bite to eat. This is also where you will find our events bulletin board for tenants and the local community.

Second Floor

If you take the stairs from the front lobby to the second floor, you will be greeted by a portrait of beloved urbanist Jane Jacobs created by John Scott and Deborah Waddington. In the colder months, this is also where you’ll get your first glimpse of our stunning collection of plants that spend the winter in our sunny stairwells. This floor holds a variety of creative studios: a filmmaker, visual artists, sculptors, designers, not-for-profits, consultants, and printers to name a few. The Skywalk – a glass corridor that connects the north and south arms of the building – can be visited from the second floor and is another indoor oasis for our plants during the winter.

Third Floor

The third floor also has a Skywalk that provides an excellent view of the entire building. From here you can see the changes in the brick and window types that are indicative of the various construction phases over the twenty-four years that 401 Richmond was built. The Skywalk connects the north to the south side of the building where you can see the original skylights that poke through the roof of the building (only the north and west side of the building have a fourth floor). These halls are often filled with plants soaking in the sunshine during the winter. There is a dynamic collection of art in the halls and another exciting mix of tenants and uses including: painters, writers, photographers, designers, film production companies, and magazine publishers. The third floor is also home to our rentable meeting room – Studio 303.

Fourth Floor

The fourth floor has wider than average halls and a diverse tenant mix, including a translator, arts advocates, energy therapists, graphic designers, festivals, artists, publishing companies, environmental organizations, and a new arts cluster called The Commons. You can also see some impressive examples of wood doors that were salvaged and brought to the building to add interest and character to tenant entrances.

Lower Level

The lower level of 401 Richmond has recently seen a significant facelift. Former dark corners have been opened up to the sidewalk of Richmond Street West, and a dynamic mix of spaces now hum with activity. If you enter from our new Northeast Entrance off Richmond Street West, you’ll find Spacing Store, Toronto’s City store alongside Swipe Design | Books + Objects, an independent shop carrying a plethora of products for the design-savvy, and Dark Horse Espresso Bar, a specialty coffee shop. The lower level also houses Esmeralda Enrique’s Spanish Dance Company, music and recording studios, darkrooms, yumart gallery, artists’ studios, and a new co-working space for designers and illustrators called Good Gorilla. Stay tuned for more exciting transformations over the coming months!

Guided Tours

We offer guided tours during our annual Village in a Box: Doors Open event, but we also offer guided tours on a limited, by-request basis to school groups, tourist groups, and special-interest groups. For more information or to request a guided tour, please contact us.

Learn more about the architecture and gardens at 401 Richmond.