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September 16, 2017

Belleville is happy to open its doors once more as part of this free event!

Come and enjoy an opportunity to see some of the hidden heritage of the community. Belleville’s participation in Doors Open was initiated in 2005 by five founding organizations:

  • Heritage Belleville
  • Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (Quinte Branch)
  • Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce
  • Belleville Downtown Improvement Area
  • Hastings County Historical Society
Several sites in and around Belleville are expected to participate this year. Public transport can be used to get from one location to the next, but some will be downtown and are easily accessible on foot.

Belleville is a community of over 50,000 people on the Bay of Quinte. With both the waterfront on the bay and a river cutting though the city, the area evolved from its logging and milling roots to a vibrant multifaceted centre.

For more information, visit our website.

The success of Doors Open Belleville and District can be attributed in part to the dedicated volunteers who help promote the event, and others who assist participating sites on the Doors Open day.

If you're interested in becoming a Doors Open Belleville and District volunteer and would like more information about how you can get involved:

Contact: Janna Colton
Email: munkittrick43@hotmail.com

Get involved in your community! Become a volunteer today!

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5 Moira Street East
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-962-4597
Year built: 1874
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce is housed in a 140-year-old log cabin. Originally located in Eganville in the Ottawa Valley, it was moved to Belleville in 1978 and reassembled at Panter Park on the Moira River. In 1980, the log cabin was moved from Panter Park to its current location at 5 Moira Street East.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Belleville City Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
169 Front Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-968-6481
Year built: 1872-73
Architect: John D. Evans (original building), Bill White (renovation)
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1872-73 by architect John D. Evans (the builder was John Forin) as Belleville’s market building and town hall, this attractive structure – with its tall clock tower – has dominated the downtown landscape for over 140 years. Architect Bill White’s imaginative renovations (1987-88) preserved many original interior architectural features, while adding 929 square metres (10,000 square feet) of space.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Belleville Club, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
210 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-962-1239
Year built: c. 1900
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Established on April 4, 1914, this social club is a not-for-profit limited company owned by its members and shareholders. The building, which dates from around 1900, maintains its post-Victorian elegance. The ambience is enhanced by high ceilings, expansive staircases, brilliant Persian carpets, hardwood floors and oak-panelled walls in the main dining room (which has a capacity of 155).

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Belleville Children's Safety Village

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
93 Dundas Street East
Belleville, Ontario
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

The Belleville Children's Safety Village is an educational centre designed to teach road safety and personal safety to children. It features small buildings sponsored by local organizations and businesses, along with roadways and lights. Children travel around by bicycle or in mini-vehicles. It is a site built for the community by the community.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
254 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-968-6731
Year built: 2006
Architect: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Style: Art moderne
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This library has extensive collections, digitization services, computer labs, an art gallery, meeting rooms and more. As of 2016, the community archives are also located here. The old library’s 1909 stained-glass window is prominently displayed in the new building. During Doors Open, visitors will have an opportunity to visit some of the staff areas normally off limits to patrons.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Belleville Shrine Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
51 Highland Avenue
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-962-2633
Year built: 1880
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Shriners, who are renowned for participating in community events, are recognized by children around the world. The Belleville Shrine Club took possession of this building in 1946. Prior to that, it was a stately private home, built in 1880. The building still preserves much of its original character, with a new addition added in 1959.

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
254 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-967-3304
Year built: 2016
Architect: Shoalts and Zaback
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County is Ontario's newest archive facility, opened in 2016. A collaborative project, it was built as a partnership between the City of Belleville, the County of Hastings and the Hastings County Historical Society. The archives preserve the history of the community through records of local governments, individuals, families, businesses and organizations.

Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Dinkel’s Restaurant and Paulo's Italian Trattoria

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
38-44 Bridge Street East
Belleville, Ontario
Year built: 1870
Architect: John Forin
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and visit this popular eatery set in a building constructed in 1870 by John Forin (formerly the home of Lafferty's Billards). It is a three-storey building, consisting of three fire-proof containers built of brick and stone. Historical features include rounded arches in rusticated masonry framing; heavy, carved keystone arches; and a wooden cornice and brackets.

Parking
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Ekort Realty

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
258 Front Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-968-1182
Year built: 1824
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This 1824 stone building was once the home and bakery of Henry Corby (the remains of the bakery are still visible in the basement). The foundation and large open hearth are original. A third storey was added in about 1883 and the present brick façade in 1891. The original wood and tin ceiling is still visible on the store level.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Self-guided tours available

Glanmore National Historic Site

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
257 Bridge Street East
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-962-2329
Year built: 1883
Architect: Thomas Hanley
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Glanmore is an excellent example of Second Empire architecture in Canada. The home was built in 1883 for banker J.P.C. Phillips. Interiors feature ornate frescoed ceilings, suspended staircases and intricate woodwork. Learn about the restoration of this historical house, climb part of the servant's staircase, and discover hidden secrets found during past restoration projects.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Parrott Riverfront Trail

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Start at the corner of Front and Station streets
Belleville, Ontario
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This paved and lit trail is 1.6 kilometres long and travels along the Moira River behind the historical downtown. Along this trail is a footbridge built in the early 1800s. To the north, it connects to the 5.2-kilometre Riverside Trail. To the south, it connects to the Zwicks trail going west and to the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail going east.