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April 22, 2017

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 its great resources, businesses and creative spaces.

Background

As one of Ontario’s first community arts councils, Guelph Arts Council (GAC) has championed the arts in Guelph since 1975.

Over the years, GAC has been building the cultural heart of the city by assisting with the development of new arts organizations and programs. GAC has also supported cultural workers and organizations through its programs and services, and has been a voice for the arts – increasing awareness of the role that the arts plays in creating a vibrant community where people want to work, live and play.

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission: To champion and grow opportunities for Guelph’s creative community through communications, resources for learning, and cultural programs and partnerships.

Vision: To cultivate a vibrant city that integrates the arts into all community building.

Values: Our values are rooted in our belief in the intrinsic value of artists and the arts, and their ability to inspire positive transformation for individuals and communities.
 
We value:
  • Advocacy – we champion artists’ rights and freedom of expression
  • Creativity – we believe that creativity enriches the human experience
  • Community – we believe that the arts are an essential part of vibrant, sustainable communities
  • Inclusiveness – we support and respect all artistic endeavours and embrace diversity, accessibility, integrity and a role for the arts in affecting social change
  • Collaboration – we believe that collaboration builds stronger communities

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 lending a hand, contact Sarah Goldrup at administration@guelpharts.ca or call 519-836-3280.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Albion Hotel, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
49 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-821-7125
Year built: 1858
Style: Georgian
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This building was made of locally quarried limestone in the late 1850s; its structure is supported by 18-inch timbers. In the early years, beer was made from water piped in 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.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Armoury, The

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7 Wyndham Street South
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-824-0351
Year built: 1907
Architect: David Ewart and T.W. Fuller
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
28 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-824-3951
Year built: 1888
Architect: Joseph Connolly
Landscape type: Landscape
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In 1827, John Galt selected the highest hill in Guelph for the building of a Catholic church. Opened in 1888, the church was designed by Joseph Connelly. It has many elements of traditional European cathedrals, with beautiful stained-glass windows, limestone walls and unique carvings. From 2006-15, a $12-million renovation restored the interior and exterior.

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Brothers Brewing Company

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15 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1882
Architect: John Day
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The ground floor of what was once A.B. Petrie’s Pharmacy, Tamblyn Drugs, and the Apollo Restaurant, is now a brew pub created by the Proveau Brothers. The beer flows from the brew tanks to a cooler and then directly to the bar taps. The décor features heritage elements, including tin ceiling tiles, Petrie formaldehyde bottles and the original Apollo furniture.

Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Canadian Pacific Railway Caboose 436994

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99 Woolwich Street (located on siding close to St. George's Church)
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1941
Architect: Canadian Pacific Railway
Building type: Museum, Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1941, this wooden-body caboose served the Canadian Pacific Railway for more than 40 years. Members of the Guelph Historical Railway Association have been beautifully restoring the caboose for the past 23 years, and recently completed the exterior renovation. Inside is now a railway museum on wheels, reflecting the glory days of railroading in the mid-20th century.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Frank Hasenfratz Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing, The

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700 Woodlawn Road West
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-515-0001
Year built: 2009
Architect: James Fryett
Building type: Commercial, Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Linamar is a $5-billion company with 55 manufacturing facilities located around the world. This centre, named after Linamar’s founder, provides innovative product and process technology and trains workers in leadership and information. It features eco-friendly design elements – such as an open-concept atrium foyer, retractable skylights, extensive use of recycled materials, a reflective pond and dual living walls.

Guided tours available

Ker Cavan

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22 Stuart Street
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1855
Architect: Sir Charles Barry
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“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. Higginbotham enlarged the original house, remodelled 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.

Guided tours available

Ker Cavan Coach House

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26 Stuart Street
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1927
Architect: H.R. Coates
Landscape type: Landscape
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Washrooms
Guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

London House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
80 London Road West
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-824-6874
Year built: 1893
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Queen Anne revival
Building type: Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Macdonald Hall, School of Business and Economics

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
74 Macdonald Street
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-824-4120, ext. 53056
Year built: 1903-04
Architect: George M. Miller
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Macdonald Hall was built in 1903 as the women’s dormitory for students at the Macdonald Institute. Designed by George M. Miller, it is the oldest residence at the University of Guelph. It has now been renovated to meet LEED silver certification and the 1903 gymnasium and dining room have been transformed into modern learning areas, while keeping some original features.

Guided tours available

New Petrie Building, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
15 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1882
Architect: John Day
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 façade. The upper floors were intact when Tyrcathlen Partners purchased the building. Restoration is ongoing.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists

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600 Southgate Drive
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-823-1311
Year built: Renovated in 2016
Architect: WalterFedy Renovation
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

RWDI, a Canadian-based firm, tackles 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, hospitable and sustainable. The Guelph headquarters feature state-of-the-art wind tunnels and a water tunnel. Closed-toe shoes required.

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

St. George's Anglican Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
99 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-822-1366
Year built: 1873
Architect: Henry Langley
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4p.m.

This church replaced two earlier churches 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.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Silence

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46 Essex Street
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1950
Style: Art moderne
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built as a car repair garage in 1950, this space has housed several businesses. In 2015, new owners did extensive renovations to create an arts space. The main room is used for intimate performances and the Sound Sanctuary is used for music therapy and a collection of international instruments. The unique “cassette chimney” was created by Guelph artist Janet Morton.

Trails

Trails Open - The Toronto Suburban Railway

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Enter at the end of James Street East
Guelph, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 25-minute guided hikes led by members of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The most advanced inter-urban electric railway in North America arrived in Guelph on April 14, 1917 and ran for 15 years until 1931. Explore the railbed of the Toronto Suburban Railway (TSR), which is now a popular trail, a TSR powerhouse, and the area where the TSR brought a wetland to ruin.