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September 27, 2014

Visit Grimsby during Doors Open Grimsby and ride the signature Doors Open trolley!

Travel back to 1914 on an animated tour of Grimsby Beach, complete with characters from that time. Don't miss the downtown Grimsby music festival, which is modelled after the streets of New Orleans. Join one of our guided walks through the escarpment at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area.

Visit Grimsby to see many more of our returning favourite sites – but don't miss the new sites for 2014!

In the mid- to late-19th century, Grimsby became known as the Garden of Canada, renowned for its fruit industry (with jams and jellies), and the religious and artistic draw of the Chautauqua of Grimsby Beach. The village of Grimsby was a popular place to visit and in the early 1900s. It hosted one of the largest electric amusement parks between Buffalo and Exhibition Place in Toronto.

Today, Grimsby has a population of approximately 25,000 and is located in the Niagara Region, approximately a one-hour drive from both Toronto and the United States border.

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer for Doors Open Grimsby 2014, contact Janice at jhogg@grimsby.ca or visit www.doorsopen-grimsby.com to learn more!

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Carnegie Building, The (Grimsby Archives)

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25 Adelaide Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-2002
Year built: 1911
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An outstanding example of a Carnegie library influenced by the beaux arts style, this building was constructed in 1911 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. The site currently houses the Grimsby Archives. Displays from the archives and a history of the building and Carnegie libraries in Canada will be presented at this Doors Open event.
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Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Chamber of Commerce Headquarters - Old Grimsby Police Headquarters

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15 Main Street East
Grimsby , Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in the late 19th century, this two-storey brick building was home to Grimsby’s fire and police services until the mid-20th century. The building now houses the Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to promote the social, civil and economic well-being of the community.
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Cibo Osteria Italian Restaurant

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16 Ontario Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Style: Queen Anne
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (maximum two groups, 12 people per group, on each tour)
A guided tour of this Queen Anne-style building will showcase its history from a doctor’s office to the current restaurant. Come and see the old speaking tube used to reach the doctor at night – still in place beside the front door.

Cocoon Home Decor

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18 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-7679
Year built: c. 1900
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Cocoon Home Decor is located in one of Grimsby's historical brick commercial buildings, dating from the turn of the last century, which defines the character of the town’s main street. A distinctive feature of the Cocoon building is its original tin ceiling.
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Different Strokes Billiard Hall (former Grimsby Baptist Church)

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19 Elm Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-6599
Year built: 1881
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1881 as the home of the Grimsby Baptist Church, this building has been successfully adapted for use as the pool hall, Different Strokes. The red brick building with buff brick trim is an excellent example of Baptist church architecture in Ontario and one of the few remaining buildings in Grimsby featuring patterned brickwork.
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Dolmage House, The

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123 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-3772
Year built: 1876
Style: Italianate
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Dolmage House, in its Italianate style, is distinct to 19th-century Ontario architecture. It contains many interesting architectural features, such as round, arched windows and entranceway, bracketed cornice and replicated front porch. A Victorian-style rose arbor has been added to the landscape, giving it a unique and beautiful feel, which has earned it a Trillium Award.

Downtown Grimsby Historical Cocktail Trail

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Meet at 13 Mountain Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-9634
Year built: 1855
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
With a unique micro-climate advantageous to the farming of tender fruits, Grimsby has long been a centre for wine and spirit making in Ontario. To celebrate this history, Grimsby's establishments have developed signature cocktails inspired by the local traditions. Learn about the history of these establishments while sipping their signature beverages.
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Dutch Shop, The

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52 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-3688
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On March 28, 1995, The Dutch Shop business was purchased by Jaco and Anne-Marie Haas. The business flourished and, in 1998, they were able to purchase the building as well. Since then, the shop has grown to twice its original size, with additional space for a bakery as well as the locally famous Dutch Shop mural, featured during Doors Open.
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Grand Avenue Tree Stand, Grimsby Beach

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10 Grand Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: 1664
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
This designated cultural heritage landscape is a rare survivor of Carolinian forest that has graced the Grimsby Park picnic grounds for generations. Since the storm of 2011, the town has been working at regeneration. A recently added replica of the Grimsby Beach Temple serves as an interpretive pavilion. Artist Andrea Eby, a leader in the site’s preservation, will be onsite.
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First World War

Great War Re-enactment - Recruiting Office

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Grimsby Museum, 6 Murray Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5292
Year built: 1914
Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
The Grimsby Museum, Grimsby's Old Parade Ground, re-enactors from the Canadian Military Heritage Society will be setting up a camp site and local recruiting office to interpret the local response to the start of the Great War. The re-enactment will feature soldiers in period uniform, interpreted features and a replica of a First World War recruiting booth.
Self-guided tours available

Grimsby Beach Cottage, Bell Park

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19 Fair Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: 1880s
Landscape type: Conservation area
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
This cottage on Fair Avenue in Grimsby Beach has at its core a traditional Grimsby Beach Victorian cottage that has evolved and expanded over the years. The colorful yellow, red and green cottage sits proudly over Bell Park, a popular gathering spot during the era of the Grimsby Beach Methodist campground.

Grimsby Beach Victorian Cottage

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13 Fair Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: 1880s
Landscape type: Conservation area
Style: Victorian
Building type: Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
This house is an excellent example of a preserved Grimsby Beach cottage, meticulously researched and restored in recent years. The cottage is a landmark in the Bell Park area of Grimsby Beach. It is also a part of the Ontario Methodists campground and a forerunner of the continent-wide Chautauqua Movement that was established in 1859.
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Grimsby Beach Walking Tour

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Tours start at the Grimsby Beach Hall, 10 Grand Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grimsby Park, the “Chautauqua of Canada,” became the site of a summer-long Methodist revival event in 1859 and, over time, evolved into a colourful cottage resort and amusement park. Many of the distinctive Victorian cottages have been retained. Walking tours will re-tell the story of a week of murder, fire and the outbreak of the Great War in 1914.
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Grimsby Benevolent Fund

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40 Elm Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-5664
Saturday: 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
The Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) began in 1965 as a small Christmas hamper program. Over the past 49 years, it has grown into one of Grimsby’s most beneficial non-profit organizations. The GBF now operates as a food bank and a second-hand retail store. It distributes over 50,000 pounds of food annually.
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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
First World War

Grimsby Museum

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6 Murray Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-2091
Year built: 1984
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Grimsby Museum, established in 1984, is an integral part of the community’s cultural life. The town owns and runs this purpose-built facility, which houses exhibition galleries interpreting Grimsby’s history. The Regency-style entrance is the original doorway from the Marlatt Inn (1855), which once stood on Main Street. A First World War re-enactment will take place on the museum’s grounds.
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Self-guided tours available

Grimsby Public Art Gallery and Library

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18 Carnegie Lane (formerly Victoria Avenue)
Grimsby, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours of the gallery vault occur hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is located in the new library and art gallery complex. Established in 1975 as a non-profit organization, the gallery operates for the benefit and enrichment of the people of Grimsby and the Niagara region. The building also houses the state-of-the-art Grimsby library.
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Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville Electric Railway

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Meet at the Grimsby Museum (6 Murray Street) or the Grimsby Beach Hall (10 Grand Avenue)
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: 1890s
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a free ride on this historical interpretation of the former Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville electric railway! The railway, begun in 1893, extended the Hamilton and Dundas Street Railway to Beamsville, offering 12 trips daily, going 20 miles per hour! Take an express ride from the Grimsby Museum, Grimsby Beach Hall or the front lawn of 22 Main Street East.
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Kid-friendly

Happening on the Street Festival

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Start at the information kiosk at 11 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us for Doors Open Grimsby's first-ever Happening on the Street Festival! Visit downtown Main Street and enjoy the 1950s-style music, a classic car show, and New Orleans-style cuisine from participating downtown restaurants. Unique to Doors Open Grimsby, this experience cannot be enjoyed anywhere else.
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House on Heritage Lane, The

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270 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: Early 1920s
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Edwardian-style home, constructed in the early 1920s, was built while the Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville Electric Railway still ran through Grimsby, and passed near the house. Currently, a local developer is re-locating the home and constructing a new addition in time for Doors Open Grimsby. Stop by to learn about this home's history and the intricate re-location process.
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J.A. Livingston House (Royal Lepage Niagara Real Estate Centre Brokerage)

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22 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-1234
Year built: c. 1890
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Now a commercial real estate office, this building is the former home of James Livingston, a local farmer who bought the local newspaper The People’s Paper, which became The Independent. Livingston also published a number of other newspapers, became reeve of the old Village of Grimsby and later the mayor of the new town, and was a famous local auctioneer.
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Mabey's Meat Market (The Grimsby Diner)

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26 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-532-1355
Year built: 1836
Style: Victorian
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historic landmark, Private residence, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
This building, with its distinctive second-floor veranda, is one of the oldest existing commercial buildings in Niagara. In 1877, butcher George Mabey named it the Mabey Meat Market. Having housed various businesses over many years, it became the Grimsby Diner in 2014, a traditional 1950s-style eatery. During Doors Open, the diner will also feature music by Maxine Willan Jazz.
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Guided tours available
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Memory Hall (Trinity United Church)

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100 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-2249
Year built: 1889
Style: Ontario Gothic
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship, Historic landmark, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Memory Hall is the historical portion of the large complex that is Trinity United Church (formerly St. John’s Presbyterian until 1924). Built in 1889, this wing was once larger than it is today. Today, this section of the church has been tastefully restored and is used recreationally. Memory Hall will also be a location for Culture Days/Arts Walk activities.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Our Gate to Your Plate Farm

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234 Elm Tree Road East
Grimsby, Ontario
Building type: Commercial, Private residence, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; special guided tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Our Gate To Your Plate brings traditional quality and taste to the plates of local consumers and restaurants. The farm offers meats, carefully selected for their flavour, from rare breeds that thrive in the local climate without being given supplements or growth hormones. See the animals, visit the family-run shop and go home with some wonderful farm-fresh products.
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Peach Bar Building (The Judge and Jester Public House)

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17 Main Street East
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-8744
Year built: 1950
Style: Art deco
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
The Judge and Jester Public House was built in 1950 as the Peach Bar Dairy Bar for Grimsby’s famous locally grown peaches. The building has been a traditional gathering place in Grimsby for over six decades. The pub is participating in the Happening on the Street Music Festival the Grimsby Cocktail Tour.
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church

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19 Ontario Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-3770
Year built: 1856
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. George’s Orthodox Ukrainian Church is one of the many names this church has been given during its 150 year lifespan. It has always, however, featured dark red pressed brick, fine lancet Gothic windows, and engaged buttresses featured on this Romanesque building. Come and take a peek inside during Doors Open Grimsby.
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Self-guided tours available

St. John's Presbyterian Church

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10 Mountain Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5352
Year built: 1925
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
John Gibson donated the stone that adorns the façade of St. John’s Presbyterian. Gibson had quarried and buried the stone to be used for a special project. Similarly, any leftover stone from the 1925 construction was buried to be used for later expansions. As the congregation grew through the mid-20th century, the buried stone was used to create an expanded building with a uniform façade.
Self-guided tours available

Seagull Cottage

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17 Fair Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: 1870s
Style: Victorian
Building type: Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Seagull Cottage is a restored 19th-century cottage built as part of the Grimsby Park cottage community. Grimsby Park, established in 1859 as a permanent Methodist camp meeting ground, was constructed on land donated by John Bowslaugh. Cottages were built and the community that grew boasted a grocery store, barber shop, telegraph office, hotels and even its own railway stop.
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Guided tours available

Sentimental Farm

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78 Ridge Road
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-7096
Building type: Commercial, Private residence, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.
Sentimental Farm grows a wide range of produce, as well as providing free-range eggs. All of their fruits and vegetables are heirloom varieties, ensuring that their produce is not genetically modified in any way. Stop by and test your knowledge. How well do you know your plant produce?
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Station 1 Coffeehouse

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28 Main Street East
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-4000
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Station 1 Coffeehouse offers fair trade, organic coffees and teas, with a menu of organic and locally sourced ingredients. Located in the former firehall, Station 1 features reclaimed wood walls and a table/service counter dating back to the 1800s. Stop by for a coffee and learn more about the building’s history and progress through the Downtown Façade Improvement Program.
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Teddy's Food, Fun and Spirits (formerly the Lincoln House Hotel)

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30 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5013
Year built: c. 1885
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historic landmark, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.; jazz band Django and Beyond perform at noon and 2 p.m.
This former hotel is Grimsby’s oldest licensed establishment and one of the oldest in Niagara. In 1964, the business was bought by Teddy and Jennie Jaskula, whose family continues to operate the bar today. Teddy's is a venue for the Happening on the Street Music Festival and is also on the Grimsby Cocktail tour, serving up its signature whisky sour.
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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Union Lodge Hall

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33 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5690
Year built: 1919; organization established 1799
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Union Lodge No. 15, founded in 1799, operated at various Grimsby sites before moving in 1920 to the second floor of a downtown hardware store. The lodge remains there still. Stop by to learn about the lodge’s rich history and to explore their council rooms.
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Vinifera, The Inn on Winery Road (formerly the Bowslaugh House)

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245 Main Street East
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-8873
Year built: c. 1850s
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Commercial, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Bowslaugh House – now a popular inn – is named after John Beamer Bowslaugh, one of the founding fathers of the Grimsby Beach area. As it stands today, however, it is not the original house. To date, the house has been through two fires and several restorations. Come by to learn more about this building’s rich history.

Wilkinson Lodge

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3 Betts Avenue, Grimsby Beach
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: 1911
Landscape type: Conservation area
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m. (also part of the Grimsby Beach Walking Tour)
This early 20th-century cottage from the Grimsby Beach community is representative of the change in styles from the heavy gingerbread of Victorian cottages to the simplicity of the Edwardian era and the arts and crafts movement. Across Betts Avenue from Wilkinson Lodge is the former site of the Lakehouse Hotel.
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Guided tours available

Woolverton House, The (The Syndicate Restaurant and Brew Pub)

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13 Mountain Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 289-447-1122
Year built: 1880
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark, Private residence, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
This former home of local doctor Theoron Woolverton is now a thriving restaurant. This Victorian-era building is renowned for its abundance of gables, which inspired the name of the first restaurant to be housed in the building decades ago. The Syndicate will be part of the Happening on the Street Music Festival and the Grimsby Cocktail Tour.