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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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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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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
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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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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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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.
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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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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.