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April 25, 2015

Now in its 14th year, Doors Open Guelph offers residents and visitors the opportunity to view several of Guelph’s finest buildings, many of which are not open to the public.

Guided tours are available at some sites, while others encourage you to investigate the richness of each building on your own. This is a free and family-friendly event and all are welcome to attend!
This year, Guelph Arts Council is excited to present a wonderful collection of dynamic, creative and heritage spaces in our fine city. Some highlights of this year’s event include: Stonehouse Pottery, Knox Church, Planet Bean Roastery and the Guelph Masonic Building. Doors Open Guelph will also feature a Trails Open tour that will be led by the Guelph Hiking Club.

Come and explore this creative and historical city!

For Doors Open Guelph, Guelph Arts Council is looking for:

  • Writers
  • Administrative support
  • Site assistance (sweeps, counters, greeters, leads)
  • Tour guides
Please contact administration@guelpharts.ca for more information about how you can share in celebrating Guelph's cultural and creative history.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Boarding House Arts

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6 Dublin Street South
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1850; renovations, 2012
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One of the earliest commercial stone buildings in Guelph’s first business district, this building has housed a store, tavern, hotel, offices, various businesses, a boarding house for students, the Legion, Knights of Columbus and most recently the Guelph Civic Museum. Renovated in 2012, it is now a special art space providing private and shared workspaces and opportunities for communal activities.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Dancetheatre David Earle

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
42 Quebec Street (enter through Guelph Masonic Building at 21 Chapel Lane)
Guelph, Ontario
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This studio was created to promote education and artistic development in modern dance through teaching the technique of David Earle and performing his works. Offered are classes for advanced and professional dancers, as well as community outreach classes. The studio, which opened in downtown Guelph in 2001, also provides space for independent performers and instructors in related activities.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Diyode Community Workshop

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
71 Wyndham Street South, Unit B
Guelph, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Diyode is a non-profit organization that fosters enthusiasm for DIY – building something rather than buying it, fixing something rather than throwing it away. Visit the community workshop, a 232-square-metre (2,500-square-foot) “maker space” equipped with tools and supplies for woodworking, metalworking, electronics, prototyping and crafting. Meet the people who can help you with your projects, repairs or learning.
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Guelph Fire Department Station No. 5 (East End)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
380 Elizabeth Street
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 2005
Style: Vernacular
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opened in 2005, this 836-square-metre (9,000-square-foot) facility is one of Guelph’s six fire stations. It is staffed by two crews of four firefighters and equipped with a Spartan Gladiator Classic pumper and a command unit. See the antique 1946 Seagrave aerial truck, used now only for parades. The station’s captain provides medical training to other fire department members.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Guelph Masonic Building

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
21 Chapel Lane
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-822-4771
Year built: 1860
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first Masonic Lodge was established in Guelph in 1849. This stone building, constructed in 1860, was expanded with brick additions in 1906 and 1912. The original, fire-charred furniture remains. The carpet was designed and manufactured for the lodge room in 1913 at the Guelph Carpet Mills. A major renovation began in 1998 to restore and modernize the building.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Trails Open Ontario

Hanlon Creek Conservation Area (Preservation Park) Trails

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at 226 Kortright Road West
Guelph, Ontario
Landscape type: Conservation area
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This 182-hectare (450-acre) wooded wetland is the largest natural area in Guelph. Learn about the acquisition of the land, the mysterious Guelph Esker and the volunteers who built the many boardwalks and bridges here. The Guelph Hiking Trail Club will lead short hikes at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and  3 p.m., and a 3-kilometre (1.9-mile) hike at 1:30 p.m.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Knox Presbyterian Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
20 Quebec Street
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1869
Architect: James Smith
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Founded as a Free Church in 1844, the congregation met in a local tavern before the first church was built on Yarmouth Street. The church on Quebec Street, designed by Toronto architect James Smith, was built in 1869, with seating for a thousand worshippers. The bell tower and vestibule were added in 1900, and a new education wing in 1953.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Planet Bean Headquarters and Roastery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
259 Grange Road
Guelph, Ontario
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take a backroom tour of the roastery of this legendary Guelph fair-trade business. Planet Bean opened downtown in 1997 as the city’s first coffee roastery and operates as a worker co-operative. Samuel Carter, Guelph’s mayor in 1913-14, founded the co-op tradition in Guelph. Planet Bean’s focus is on ecological sustainability and building alternative economic structures with its worker co-operative.
Guided tours available

Stonehouse Pottery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
128 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-836-4326
Year built: 1877
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located at the rear of the historical limestone Masonic Block built in 1877, this pottery was established in 1989. The tour will focus on Jessica Steinhäuser’s work creating Kachelöfen, beautiful clay stoves that burn wood efficiently to create long-lasting radiant heat. She will show the steps in creating this ancient technology, now in demand internationally as a sustainable heating source.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Studio 404 and Ed Video Media Arts Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
404 York Road
Guelph, Ontario
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Studio 404, a former commercial photo studio and now a large open space for use by the Guelph arts community, comprises a flexible workshop area, photography studio, picture frame shop and galleries. Also housed in this space is the artist-run Ed Video Media Arts Centre, whose vision is to foster the creation, exhibition and appreciation of media arts.
Washrooms

Western Hotel Executive Suites (formerly Diplomat Hotel)

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72 Macdonell Street
Guelph, Ontario
Year built: 1881
Architect: John Hewer
Style: Second Empire
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The old Diplomat Hotel, once the New Western Hotel, built in 1881, was constructed by John Hewer, son of one of Guelph’s early pioneers, who owned several other hotels on “Whiskey Street.” The suites and boardroom in the four-star Western Hotel retain the heritage and atmosphere of the old hotel, with exposed stone and brick walls and many historical details.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Westminster-St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
206 Victoria Road North
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-824-5221
Year built: 1959
Architect: Richard Pagani
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Designed in 1959 by well-known Guelph modernist architect Richard Pagani, this church features striking custom-made, laminated-wood roof beams whose concave shape drapes inward like praying hands. A simple chancel with a tall, white Celtic cross sets off the tapering brick end wall. A handsome addition in 2003 reflects the concave curves of the original design.