When Brooke Buckley, M.D. was inaugurated as President of MedChi, she hosted a Silent Auction to raise funds for the refreshment of Osler Hall. Two of our board members kindly matched those and other funds which were donated. Over the Christmas holiday break, we undertook a sprucing up of Osler Hall, to much acclaim!
The main steps to the refreshment were:
- Painting the room in a warmer color
- Adding a chair rail
- Adding trim to the doors
- Painting the dais
- Purchasing new tables and chairs
- Rehanging and adding paintings.
There were about eight paintings in Osler Hall, with Sir William Osler as the centerpiece behind the dais. We brought up paintings from the basement lunchroom and added them, gallery-style, to Osler Hall. We hired a professional art installation specialist to hang the artwork.
In addition to updating to a gallery-style room, we also bought new tables and chairs! I had found a picture of Osler Hall in the early 1960's, complete with ashtrays and the tables we're still using. We bought tables with wheels which will save a lot of time and effort by the staff who frequently has to reconfigure the room. The chairs we bought are actually comfortable, and slightly wider than the original ones.
Osler Hall was christened on Monday, January 9th for the first meeting of the 2017 Legislative Council.