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DOORS OPEN GUELPH


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This Year's Event
Doors Open Background
Volunteer Information

 

Doors Open Background

What is Doors Open Guelph?

Doors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. The program aims to showcase and celebrate the hidden gems as well as the great resources, businesses, and creative spaces in Guelph.

Doors Open Guelph is a program of Guelph Arts Council. Guelph Arts Council is a not-for-profit, charitable community arts council dedicated to the encouragement, stimulation and co-ordination of arts and heritage activities in Guelph and surrounding areas.

 

What is the History of Doors Open Guelph?

Doors Open Guelph was launched by Guelph Arts Council in partnership with Heritage Guelph and Guelph Tourism in 2002 to celebrate Guelph's 175th anniversary and to increase awareness of the City's tremendously rich architectural and historical heritage. Since 2002, Guelph Arts Council has delivered the annual program, recording an average of some 6,000+ site visitors per year to many of Guelph's finest buildings whose owners have generously opened their doors for free public tours. Between 25 and 50 per cent of those attending each year have been visitors to Guelph. One of the main reasons for the past success of Doors Open Guelph events has been the enthusiasm and hard work of close to 150 volunteers who have served as tour guides, sweeps (following along behind the tours), greeters, counters, researchers, sign crew, photographers, and more.

Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Trust province-wide initiative that was also launched in 2002 to celebrate community heritage. The intent of Doors Open Guelph is to build awareness of creative, artistic, cultural, built, and natural heritage among community residents and visitors by providing free access to buildings and properties of architectural and historical value. Doors Open Guelph has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario, opening the province-wide initiative for several years.

When is Doors Open Guelph?

The 2017 event will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once again, it will be the first of more than 50 such events taking place across the province.

 

Who runs Doors Open Guelph?

Doors Open Guelph is delivered by Guelph Arts Council. As a charity, Guelph Arts Council is supported by operating funds from the City of Guelph and the Ontario Arts Council. However, most of our funding comes from donations, sponsorship, our members, events, and the delivery of programs like Doors Open Guelph, Art on the Street, and our Historical Walking Tours.

As a membership-based organization, we ask that businesses and participants in Doors Open Guelph consider contributing to the success of Guelph Arts Council and Doors Open Guelph by becoming a member or by showing your support of our mandate and mission by becoming a sponsor, making a donation, providing site-specific volunteers or by helping us promote Doors Open Guelph throughout your own networks and community.

Who is Funding Doors Open Guelph?

Doors Open Guelph is funded by Guelph Arts Council with the support of the City of Guelph. Additional funding and support is sourced through sponsorships, donations and in-kind contributions from community businesses.

Where can one get more information?

Contact:
Patti Broughton, Executive Director
Guelph Arts Council
404- 147 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4E9

(519) 836-3280 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

This Year's Event

What buildings will be open for Doors Open Guelph?

You can also view sites on Doors Open Ontario's website http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/guelph

St. George's Anglican Church

99 Woolwich Street, Guelph ON, N1H3V1

St George Primary

This church opened in 1873, replacing two earlier versions located in St. George’s Square. It was designed by Henry Langley, architect of many Ontario churches, including three in Guelph. A revival of the English Gothic medieval parish church, different roof lines indicate the different areas of the nave, choir, and sanctuary. A special feature is the 23-bell carillon donated by Arthur Cutten.

Architectural Style: Gothic Revival
Place of Worship
Partial Wheelchair Access Washrooms
Guided Tours Available

Canadian Pacific Caboose 436994

99 Woolwich Street, Guelph ON, N1H3V1

Caboose

(Located on siding close to St. Georges Church)
Built in 1941, this wooden-body caboose served the Canadian Pacific Railway for more than 40 years. For the past 23 years, it has been beautifully restored by members of the Guelph Historical Railway Association who most recently completed the exterior renovation. Inside is now a railway museum on wheels, reflecting the glory days of railroading in the mid-20th century.

Architectural Style: Museum, Transportation
Child Friendly
Guided Tours Available

The New Petrie Building

15 Wyndham Street North, Guelph ON, N1H4E4

Petrie

This Second Empire-style building was designed by John Day in 1882 for pharmacist A.B. Petrie. Constructed of limestone and timber, the New Petrie Building is one of only three remaining buildings in Canada with a stamped galvanized iron facade.   The upper floors were intact when purchased by Tyrcathlen Partners, retaining the elements of the Oddfellows, the adjoining door to the Cutten Kelly building, and Mr. Petrie’s office and safe.

Architectural Style: Victorian
Commercial
Guided Tours Available

Brothers Brewing Company

15 Wyndham Street North, Guelph ON, N1H4E4

Brothers Pub

Due to unforeseen circumstances Brothers Brewing is no longer able to participate in Doors Open Guelph.

(Ground floor of the New Petrie Building)
The ground floor, once A. B. Petrie’s Pharmacy, Tamblyn Drugs, and the Apollo Restaurant, is now the new brew pub created by the Proveau Brothers. The brew tanks at the back pipe the beer to storage in a huge basement cooler, when it is pumped directly to the bar taps. The decor features heritage elements like tin ceiling tiles, Petrie formaldehyde bottles, and the Apollo furniture.

Architectural Style: Victorian
Commercial
Food and Drink
Guided Tours Available

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

28 Norfolk Street, Guelph ON, N1H4H8

Basilica

In 1827, John Galt gave the highest hill for the building of a Catholic Church. Opened in 1888, with the towers added in 1926, the church was designed by Joseph Connelly in French Gothic tradition. It has many elements of traditional European cathedrals with beautiful stained glass windows, locally-quarried limestone walls, and unique carvings. From 2006 - 2015, a $12 million renovation restored the interior and exterior features.

There will be an organ recital by Joe Machrollo at 1:00 p.m.

Architectural Style: Gothic Revival
Place of Worship
Historic Landmark
Parking
Full Wheelchair Access
Washrooms
National Historic Site
Guided Tours Available

The Albion Hotel

49 Norfolk Street, Guelph ON, N1H4J1

Albion 2 2

The present building made of locally-quarried limestone in the late 1850s and its structure is supported from the basement by 18-inch timbers. In the early years, the beer was made from water piped from a spring on Catholic Hill. The entrance to the water tunnel can still be seen in the basement. Many spirited stories from the Prohibition era emanate from the Albion.

Architectural style: Georgian
Commercial
Food and Drink
Parking
Full Wheelchair AccessWashrooms Childr FriendlyNational Historic Site
Guided Tours Available

Silence

46 Essex Street, Guelph ON, N1H3K8

SILENCE

Built as a car repair garage in 1950, the space has housed several businesses. In 2015, new owners did extensive repairs and upgrades to create a unique arts space consisting of a main room with an intimate space for performances and the smaller “Sound Sanctuary” used for music therapy and a collection of international instruments. Guelph artist Janet Morton created the unique chimney made of cassettes.

Silence is offering a variety of musical programming for children and adults throughout the day. Find more information and times here.

Architectural Style: Art Moderne
Attraction
Commercial
Theatre
Parking
Partial Wheelchair Access
Washrooms
Child Friendly
Guided Tours Available

The Armoury

7 Wyndham Street South, Guelph ON, N1H4C4

Armoury 2

Constructed in 1909 of red brick highlighted with limestone trim, the Armoury was designed by federal architects David Ewart and T.W. Fuller. Its castellated towers, battlements, and heavy wooden gate give the impression of a medieval fortress. The Officer’s Mess contains a collection of art and memorabilia of the 11th Field Regiment. A basement gun park and impressive parade area showcase the Regiment’s 160 years of service.


Architectural style: Gothic Revival
Parking
Full Wheelchair Access
Washrooms
Child Friendly
Guided Tours Available

Ker Cavan

22 Stuart Street, Guelph ON, N1E4S4

Ker Caven

“Tyrcathleen” was built in 1855 for Reverend Arthur Palmer according to plans attributed to Sir Charles Barry, architect of Britain’s Houses of Parliament. In 1926, H.B. Higinbotham enlarged the original house with enclosed galleries, remodeled the northern half, and renamed it, Ker Cavan. The present owner has renovated and modernized the house and added his unique collection of sheep and soap artifacts.

Architectural Style: Gothic
Private Residence
Guided Tours Available

Ker Cavan Coach House

26 Stuart Street, Guelph ON, N1E4S4

Coach House

Henry Higginbotham added the Coach House to the Ker Cavan property in 1928. It was built to house cars with living quarters for the chauffeur and gardener above the garage. A potting room and greenhouse were attached along Palmer Street. The garage doors are now replaced with windows, and the building has been renovated as a residence.

Architectural Style: Gothic
Private Residence
Guided Tours Available

 

London House

80 London Road West, Guelph ON, N1H2B7

London House

This unique house was built in 1893 for John Sully, a local businessman and politician. Many fine features remain intact, including the decorative slate roof, the leaded glass windows, and the original burled oak woodwork inside. The present owners have restored many of the original exterior and interior features.

Architectural Style: Queen Ann Revival
Private Residence
Bed & Breakfast
Historic Landmark
Washrooms
Guided Tours Available

Macdonald Hall: School of Business and Economics

74 Macdonald Street, Guelph ON, N1G 2Z1

Macdonald Hall

Macdonald Hall was built in 1903 as the women’s dormitory for students at the Macdonald Institute. Designed by George M. Miller, it was the oldest residence at the University of Guelph. Now renovated to LEED silver certification, it contains flexible gathering spaces, classrooms, offices. The 1903 gymnasium and dining room have been transformed into modern learning areas while keeping some original features.

Architectural Style: Tudor Revival
Green Building
College
Parking
Full Wheelchair Access
Washrooms
Child Friendly
Guided Tours Available

The Frank Hasenfratz Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing

700 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph ON, N1K1G4

Linamar

Linamar is a $5 billion company with 55 manufacturing facilities located across the world. The Centre, named after Linamar’s founder, provides innovative product and process technology where workers are trained in leadership and information. It features eco-friendly design elements like an open concept atrium foyer, retractable skylights, extensive use of recycled materials, a reflective pond and dual living walls.

Architectural Style: Post Modern
Commercial
Green Building
Parking
Full Wheelchair Access
Washrooms
Child Friendly
Guided Tours Available

RWDI

600 Southgate Drive, Guelph ON, N1G4P6

RWDI Irwin Tunnel 5

RWDI is a Canadian-based firm of consulting engineers and scientists who tackle complex problems in the built environment with innovative thinking, collaborative problem solving and a passion for expanding the boundaries of the possible. Climate engineering, building performance and environmental engineering work together to create buildings and infrastructure that are resilient to extreme weather, hospitable, and sustainable. The Guelph headquarters feature state-of-the-art wind tunnels and a water tunnel.

Closed-toe shoes are required to enter. High heel and open toe shoes are not permitted on site.

Architectural Style: Modern Industrial
Parking
Partial Wheelchair Access
Washrooms
Child Friendly
Guided Tours Available

Trails Open – The Toronto Suburban Railway (100th anniversary)

The End of James Street East, Guelph, ON

Trails Image

The most advanced interurban electric railway in North America arrived in Guelph on April 14, 1917, and served for 15 years until 1931. See the railbed of the TSR (now a popular trail,) one of its powerhouses, and where the TSR brought a wetland to ruin. 25 minute guided hikes led by members of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club set out from the end of James St. East, at 10:30, 11:30, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00.

 

 

Volunteering

Call for Volunteers: Doors Open Guelph

Doors Open Guelph will be held this year on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am to 4 pm. Mark your calendars for a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. Doors Open Guelph has the distinction of being the annual kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases and celebrates Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our great resources, businesses, and creative spaces.

VOLUNTEER ROLES

1) Tour Guides of historical buildings and creative spaces 
2) Greeters to meet the public and organize tour group 
3) Counters to assist the greeter and count participants 
4) Sweepers to follow the tours and keep participants moving 
5) Help-on-Wheels to help deliver posters in April, deliver signage and supply box to sites on the morning of the event, and retrieve them at end of day.

Volunteer shifts on event day are 9:30 - 1:00 or 12:45 - 4:15. Help-on-wheels needed pre-event, and on event day

Volunteer Training:
Greeters, Sweeps, Counters and Tour Guides all receive training at their assigned/chosen site, on an evening in advance of the event. Training sessions are 1-2 hours.

Doors Open Guelph’s success is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who serve as tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, sign crew, photographers, and more. Join us as a volunteer and help make Doors Open Guelph a true community celebration. If you’re interested in taking part, please fill out this short form indicating your availability and interest. We hope you'll join us in making this year’s event a real community celebration of Guelph.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Goldrup by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at 519-836-3280.


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