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April 23, 2016

Doors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. The program aims to showcase and celebrate the hidden gems as well as the great resources, businesses and creative spaces in Guelph.
 
Doors Open Guelph is a program of Guelph Arts Council. Guelph Arts Council is a not-for-profit, charitable community arts council.

Welcome to the City of Guelph!

Located in the heart of Wellington County, Guelph offers visitors and residents critically acclaimed restaurants and accommodations, entertaining and educational activities and a wide variety of shopping. We hope to see you soon!

For more information, visit our website.

Join our incredible team and keep this highly regarded non-profit community event on top. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, register here.

Every year, our crew of over 100 Doors Open Guelph volunteers is nothing short of incredible. Welcoming locals and visitors from out of town, guiding them through the sites with tales of history, community and creativity, they make this free, entertaining and educational community event happen. And we couldn’t do it without you.

2016 is a big year for Doors Open Guelph. We have some fascinating sites opening their doors to the public again this year. Without additional volunteers in 2016, Doors Open just won't be the same. How could you help keep this event incredible?

Volunteer roles

  • Tour Guides of historical buildings and creative spaces
  • Greeters to meet the public and organize tour groups
  • Counters to assist the greeter and count participants
  • Sweepers to follow the tours and keep participants moving
  • Event Assistants to do anything from helping to deliver posters ahead of the event, to putting out event signs and supporting volunteers on event day. A car is a major asset, and we seriously appreciate help on wheels!

Volunteer training

All volunteers will receive training at their assigned/chosen site on an evening in advance of the event. Training sessions are from 1-2 hours and volunteer shifts on event day are from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. or 1 to 4:30 p.m. Event Assistants will work with staff to arrange duties specific to their availability and interest.

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Guided tours available

41 Meadowview

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41 Meadowview Avenue
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1855
Style: Georgian
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built of locally quarried limestone, 41 Meadowview was the home of George John Grange, Wellington County’s first sheriff. The house features original windows, doors and trim, and is enhanced by modern environmental systems, including heating with a kachelofen (clay stove) created by local potter Jessica Steinhauser. Behind the house is the modern studio of artist Julia Grady. No photography.
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Trails

Arkell Woolen Mill and Dam Ruins

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Meet at 733 Stone Road East (Barber Scout Camp parking area)
Guelph, Ontario
Landscape type: Landscape
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided hikes at 11 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
This hike starts and ends on the Radial Line Trail atop the Guelph aqueduct, but will venture onto other trails to visit the ruins of the Arkell Woolen Mill and Dam on Torrance Creek, while passing under some of Guelph's largest trees. Dress for the weather.
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Full wheelchair access
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

Bisson Dentistry

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199 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario
Architect: John Hall
Style: Italianate
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This John Hall-designed house was built of red brick with white quoins. It is L-shaped and has an elaborate door system – an outer door with beautiful glass, a miniature hallway and an inner door – a trademark of Hall’s designs. The ornate curved staircase, crown mouldings, ceiling medallions, fireplace pillars and bay window trim and glass are original. No photography.
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Blue Iris Studios

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191 Woolwich Street (enter through side door at 193 Woolwich)
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1901
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The studio is in the lower level of the 1901 Bell-Kennedy house. With its beautiful art nouveau features, the home is a bright and inviting space that has been adapted to suit the needs of a productive craft studio. Iris designs, makes and sells handmade functional pottery, as well as jewelry in fine silver and porcelain.
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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Dixon's Distilled Spirits

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355 Elmira Road North
Guelph, Ontario
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Housed in an industrial mall, this spirited business is the first craft distillery in Guelph. Using locally supplied grains, it produces spirits such as vodka, gin and moonshine. Visitors will follow the distilling process from mash to bottling. When finished with the grain, the distillery returns it to local farmers for use as animal feed. Food truck on site.
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

Dr. Reymarie Yabut Family Dentistry

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215 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1872
Architect: John Hall
Style: Italianate
Building type: Commercial, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This frame house – unusual in Guelph – was built in 1872 and is one of a group of houses by architect John Hall. He and his wife lived here. The L-shaped, Italianate style is deliberately unsymmetrical. Now used as a home and dental office, the house has its original flooring, curved staircase, fireplaces, radiators, ceiling medallions and French doors. No photography.
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Full wheelchair access
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Guided tours available

Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc.

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395 Southgate Drive
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1995
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phase 1 of this striking modern facility opened in 1995 and phase 2 in 2006; it received LEED certification in 2011. The building features many energy-efficient and sustainable characteristics, including rooftop solar panels, a ground-source geothermal heating and cooling system, high-efficiency plumbing and lighting, and landscaping with drought-resistant and native species.
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Full wheelchair access
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Hammond Radio Museum

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595 Southgate Drive
Guelph, Ontario
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Founded in 1982 by Fred Hammond, one of the founding members of Guelph’s Hammond Manufacturing, this museum houses an extensive collection of rare and historically significant pieces. The more than 2,000 items exhibited reveal the development of radio throughout the past century. Included are crystal radios, early tabletop and broadcast radios, early wireless sets, and military and amateur radio equipment.
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Full wheelchair access
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Muslim Society of Guelph, The

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286 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Muslim Society of Guelph bought this former elementary school in 2012 and developed it into a place of worship, offices, classrooms and a community hall, library and daycare centre. It can now accommodate 1,000 people in the masjid. Special tours and displays will help visitors understand the religion and culture of Guelph’s present Muslims and recently arrived Syrian refugees.
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Sleeman Breweries

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551 Clair Road West
Guelph, Ontario
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
John H. Sleeman established his first brewery in Guelph in 1834, and the Sleeman name endures in today’s modern brewery. The brewing process follows the original recipe book, the bottles follow the original patterns and the “notorious” family story is showcased in the museum.
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Full wheelchair access
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Guided tours available

Trinity United Church

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400 Stevenson Street North
Guelph, Ontario
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This church, established in the 1950s, has architecture and stained glass that reflect the retro feel of the 1960s. Beautiful murals enhance the meeting rooms. The church provides an accessible, open, welcoming, multimedia gathering hub for the community. Trinity is proud of its legacy as a caring community of faith in northeast Guelph.
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Woodlawn Cemetery Lodge Gatehouse

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760 Woolwich Street (Woodlawn Memorial Park)
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1883
Architect: John Day
Style: Ontario Gothic
Building type: Cemetery, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This lodge has been the home of the Union (now Woodlawn) Cemetery keepers since it was built in 1883. Guelph architect John Day’s design fee for the lodge and a stable, greenhouse and coach house (all still in use) was $58. Especially attractive are the original front doors, mouldings, trim, hand-turned banister and interior window engravings. No photography.
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Woodside

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40 Spring Street
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1869
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1869, this unusual “Jacobethan” house features original window glass and frames, staircase, banister, baseboards and French doors. The owner has renovated the house and built many pieces of furniture using wood from original trees found on the property. The house features a kachelofen – a clay stove created by local potter Jessica Steinhauser. No photography.