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October 01, 2016

Get the whole family together and enjoy Doors Open Burlington 2016 – with fun and fascinating sites and activities for all ages!

This year’s event will feature sites located in the downtown and waterfront areas of the city. The event will also put a spotlight on important buildings, organizations and landmarks that make Burlington a culturally vibrant place to live, work and visit.

For a complete list of sites and activities, visit our website.

Welcome to Burlington – a city rich with heritage and history!

Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, our picturesque city was named the #1 mid-size city in Canada by MoneySense Magazine. We are conveniently located near major highways in the heart of the golden horseshoe, just nine miles (14.5 kilometres) from Hamilton, 16 miles (25.8 kilometres) from Milton and 32 miles (51.5 kilometres) from Toronto.

Each year, our Doors Open Ontario event gives residents and visitors a rare opportunity to visit some of our cultural gems that otherwise would not be open to the public.

We invite you to come and explore our culture and see for yourself why over 175,000 people call Burlington home.

Doors Open Ontario events cannot happen without the help of volunteers.

If you would like to learn about Burlington’s history and heritage – and have some fun in the process – we encourage you to join us!

We are looking for community-minded individuals, secondary school students completing their community hours, college and university students, retirees, heritage enthusiasts, community groups and anyone else who is interested in helping out with this exciting community event.

Learn more and visit www.doburlington.com

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Art Gallery of Burlington

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-632-7796
Architect: John Harkness
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Founded in 1978, the Art Gallery of Burlington is the seventh-largest public art gallery in Ontario. Its fully equipped studios house seven active arts and craft guilds. Although the exterior is visually impressive, the gallery’s true essence can be appreciated only from the inside.
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Burlington City Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
426 Brant Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-335-7600
Year built: 1965; 1986; 2000
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Burlington’s town hall officially opened in 1965. The building went through a major expansion in 1986, adding 5,574 square metres (60,000 square feet) of space, as well as adding the Civic Square and the city’s crest on the front of the building. A fountain was installed in the square in 2000 as a millennium project.
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Burlington Fire Station Headquarters

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1255 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1981
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Burlington Fire Department has a fascinating history that began in the 1890s with the Burlington Volunteer Fire Brigade. The first fire station was built onto the town hall on Elizabeth Street in the early 1900s; the existing headquarters on Fairview Street were built in 1981. Current renovations include improvements and additions to many parts of the facility.
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Burlington Masonic Centre

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463 Brant Street
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1850-53
Architect: James Allen
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The original building, constructed between 1850 and 1853, housed James Allen's carriage-making business, which produced many of the horse carts and sleighs for the Hamilton Street Railway. The Masons purchased the building in 1909 and expanded it in 1953-54. The lodge room and banquet room are on the second floor; the first floor is rented for commercial purposes.
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Burlington Performing Arts Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
440 Locust Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-681-6000
Year built: 2011
Architect: Diamond and Schmitt
Building type: Theatre, Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opened in 2011, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) has two theatres – the main stage, which seats 718, and the studio theatre, which seats 150. These are the only performing arts spaces in Ontario that have achieved LEEDS Gold certification (and only the second in Canada). BPAC is gaining worldwide recognition for its design by architects Diamond and Schmitt.
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Canadian Red Cross Society (Burlington Branch)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
262 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-637-5664
Year built: 1862
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built on land that once belonged to John Brant, the Wesleyan Methodist Church and School was built in 1862. While the church changed its name throughout the years, the one-storey front-gabled frame structure’s exterior has remained unchanged. Since 1969, it has been owned and operated by the Canadian Red Cross Society.
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Église Saint-Philippe

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
472 Locust Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-1743
Year built: 1875
Architect: James Cushie Bent
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1875 by James Cushie Bent, this church was purchased in 1968 by the Roman Catholic Church to serve the local francophone congregation as the Église Saint-Philippe. The church blends a simple Gothic revival style – evident in the Gothic-arched windows and door – with an Italianate square tower with bull’s-eye windows.
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Elizabeth Street

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at 413 Elizabeth Street
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1830-1970
Building type: Commercial, Place of worship, Historic landmark, Private residence, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Named after Elizabeth Brant, the youngest daughter of Joseph Brant, Elizabeth Street features several historical buildings that were private residences and places of worship back in the early 1800s. Retaining their historically significant exterior architectural features, many of these buildings today operate as businesses, restaurants and places of worship.
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Freeman Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1255 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1906
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Building type: Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1906 for the Grand Trunk Railway as a combination passenger and baggage depot, the Burlington West Station (formerly Burlington Junction, known as “Freeman Station”) exhibits many stylistic features characteristic of Grand Trunk Railway stations constructed in that decade. A group of volunteers, the Friends of Freeman Station, manages the station.
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Gingerbread House Garden

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1375 Ontario Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-336-2776
Year built: 1893
Architect: Alfred B. Coleman
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Queen Anne
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit this lovely Victorian garden and learn about the Queen Anne-style home built in 1893 by Alfred B. Coleman, general contractor and lumber dealer. Coleman also built Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto, several of the buildings on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition, the Brant Inn, the Brant Hotel and many homes in Burlington and in Florida.
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Greenwood Cemetery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1030 Greenwood Drive
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1888
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Established in 1888 on land that the Greenwood Cemetery Company of Burlington purchased, this cemetery is located on a portion of Brant's Block in the former village of Aldershot. John Waldie, the first reeve of Burlington, was one of the first families to buy a family plot here in 1889; other historically significant families are buried here as well.
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Union Burying Grounds

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1001 Plains Road East
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7458
Year built: 1848
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Union Burying Grounds were founded in 1848 by 10 pioneer families important to the early growth and prosperity of Nelson Township and the village of Wellington Square. Today, their descendants manage and maintain the heritage-designated grounds. Enjoy a rare guided tour of this private historical cemetery.