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May 07, 2016 - May 08, 2016

Visit 30 of Hamilton’s oldest and newest built heritage treasures!

Organized by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Hamilton Region Branch in partnership with the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects, Doors Open Hamilton 2016 will feature 10 new sites, showcasing the work of architect John M. Lyle. Come and explore the contributions of Hamilton's medical practitioners to public health,  medical science and innovation.

Watch for our 2016 Guidebook in the April edition of URBANICITY and in locations across Hamilton.

Save the date for 2017 – May 6 and 7

For more information about Hamilton, visit www.tourismhamilton.ca.

To volunteer for Doors Open Hamilton 2016, contact:

Email: info@doorsopenhamilton.ca

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Alpacas from Eighth and Mud

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232 Eighth Road East
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Telephone: 905-643-0339
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Attraction, Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Alpacas from Eighth and Mud is a farm that produces most of the fibre and products sold in the farm store. Meet and touch alpacas, and tour the Belfast Mini Mill to see how alpaca fibre is processed for yarn, rugs and roving. Try needling felt and knitting. Sample the jams, jellies and fudge!
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Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)

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123 King Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-527-6610
Year built: 1977; renovated 2005
Architect: Trevor Garwood Jones; Bruce Kuwabara
Building type: Museum
Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.; special Level Two talks and tours at 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is Ontario’s largest independent art gallery. The Level Two exhibitions include Saga of a City: Hamilton at 200 Years, Collection Classics, Staging Abstraction: Paintings from the Collection and Evolution of Form: 150 Years of Sculpture from the Collection. Note: Admission fee applies for Level One exhibits.
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Cable 14 - TV Hamilton Ltd.

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150 Dundurn Street South (Main and Dundurn streets)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-523-1414
Year built: 1971; renovated 1982
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cable 14 delivers its services to Greater Hamilton Area subscribers from an adaptively reused auto body shop. Tour the control room, master control and the Cable 14 mobile. See how television is made during a live show in the studio that includes interviews and demos. Record your message in the Messages to Mom corner for airing on Mother’s Day!
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Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton

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45 Hempstead Drive
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-383-5755
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton is also home to the Hamilton Buddhist Temple, five martial arts organizations and the Hamilton Go Club. During Doors Open, you’ll be greeted by members in traditional costumes and will tour the centre and temple. See martial arts demonstrations. Participate in making Origami, learning Japanese and playing traditional Go board games.
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Central Presbyterian Church

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165 Charlton Avenue West (at Caroline Street South)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-522-9098
Year built: 1908
Architect: John M. Lyle
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.; organ recital both days at 2 p.m.
The congregation, celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, renamed their church and relocated to its present location after fire destroyed it in 1906. Built in a graceful neoclassical style, the interior oak panelling, decorative plaster, English and Canadian stained glass and magnificent Casavant pipe organ are largely unchanged.
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Children's International Learning Centre

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189 King William Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-529-8813
Year built: pre-1898
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Children's International Learning Centre – founded in 1970 on the 25th anniversary of the United Nations – encourages respect for all people and our common environment by offering child/family friendly programs. During Doors Open, learn and compare by continent how the summer solstice is celebrated. View artifacts from over 90 countries, participate in hands-on activities, and take home a craft.
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Cotton Factory, The

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270 Sherman Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-547-8256
Year built: 1900
Architect: E.B. Patterson
Style: Gothic revival
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days
This rare historical example of a textile mill complex – with its “slow-burning” (fire-retardant) brick walls and wood construction featuring a prominent Gothic-inspired tower – is being transformed into a complex for a diverse mix of creative professionals. Meet the owner and some of the artists and artisans and see demonstrations of their work.
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

Dundas Museum & Archives

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139 Park Street West
Dundas, Ontario
Telephone: 905-627-7412
Year built: 1858 (Doctors Office); 1873 (Pirie House); 1956; expansion 2013
Architect: McCallum Sather Architects Inc. (2013 expansion)
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; vault tours: 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. both days
Explore the four galleries of the Dundas Museum and Archives, featuring the special 60th anniversary exhibition: 60 Years – Treasures from Our Vault. Join behind-the scenes tours of the 1848 Doctor’s Office and learn about Victorian medicine, as well as the collection vaults to learn about the museum’s archival and artifact collection.
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Education Centre

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20 Education Court
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-527-5092
Year built: 2014-15
Architect: Ventin Group Associates
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the new Education Centre, the administrative offices of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. See the special archival exhibit on how the education system and the local health departments worked together for the well-being of the students. View artifacts from the previous education centre and former schools, and tour the council chamber.
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Educational Archives and Heritage Centre

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155 Macassa Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-318-3046
Year built: 1957
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Educational Archives recovers and preserves the history of public education in Hamilton and Wentworth since the 1840s, including student attendance registers, photographs, documents, yearbooks, memorabilia and architectural artifacts from closed schools. View displays on public health in schools. Learn why McMaster University and the University of Toronto came to the Archives during the 2003 SARS outbreak.
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Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre

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900 Woodward Avenue (south gate entrance at Brampton Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-2424, ext. 5834
Year built: 2006
Architect: McCallum Sather
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Designed to meet LEED Silver certification, this laboratory aimed to provide a creative and exciting design that accommodates a fully sustainable, adaptable, multi-purpose building. The building will use at least 25 per cent less energy due to these designs and innovative technologies. Note: Children under 10 are not permitted in the laboratory.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
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Erland Lee (Museum) Home

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552 Ridge Road
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Telephone: 905-662-2691
Year built: 1873
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come and explore the birthplace of the Women’s Institutes, founded to educate rural women on how to keep their families healthy by pasteurizing milk. Restored to its 1897 grandeur, today’s museum houses original artifacts and furniture from six generations of the Lee family. The board and batten house is an example of Gothic architecture, constructed around the original log cabin.
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Ferguson Pumping Station

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231 Ferguson Avenue South (south of Charlton Street East)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-2424
Year built: 1912; 1929; addition 2012
Architect: A.F. Macallum (1912)
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ferguson Pumping Station, located at the site of the original 1877 steam-powered station, has been providing water to Hamilton’s oldest and most populated areas since 1912. In 2012, a new station was expertly integrated into this sloping site at the base of the Niagara Escarpment while retaining the 1912 decommissioned building.
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Gage Park Memorial Fountain

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1000 Main Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Year built: 1927; restored: 2012-13; fountain terraces: 2014
Architect: John M. Lyle; Sculptor: Florence Wyle; Landscape: Seferian Design Group (2014)
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eugenia Gage donated $20,000 to memorialize her parents, the former owners of the land acquired for Gage Park in east Hamilton (opened by Governor General Willingdon in 1927 during Canada’s 60th anniversary). The central fountain was restored in 2012-13 to its original height with the reinstallation of the beaux arts-style carved stone column.
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Hamilton GO Centre (Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Museum - TH&B)

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36 Hunter Street East (between James Street South and Hughson Street South)
Hamilton, Ontario
Year built: 1933; restoration 1995
Architect: Fellheimer & Wagner, New York; restoration, Trevor Garwood-Jones
Style: Art moderne
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum, Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This GO Centre is a rare example of an art moderne public building with curved forms, polished metals and machined detailing throughout. Retired staff operate the railway museum on the centre’s mezzanine level and share first-hand experiences of Hamilton’s railway history. Interpretative panels highlight the architecture and reconstruction of this landmark downtown building.
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Hamilton Guesthouse in the William Pring House

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158 Mary Street (at Cannon Street East)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 289-440-8035
Year built: 1855
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This three-storey limestone house features a beautiful central spiral staircase, grand rooms and a front door and porch dating from the period when Dr. William Hopkins and family lived here (1910-30). Its ownership has changed many times. Currently, it operates as the Hamilton Guesthouse, Hamilton’s first and only backpackers’ hostel. Come and take a self-guided tour. Limited free parking available.
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Hamilton Public Library, Waterdown Branch

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163 Dundas Street East
Hamilton (Waterdown), Ontario
Telephone: 905-689-6269
Year built: 2014-15
Architect: Rounthwaite Dick and Hadley Architects Inc.
Building type: Library, Green building
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: child ID program (ages 0 to 18); 2 to 3 p.m.: John Bryden reads Fighting to Lose; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Patio Play (ages 3 to 5)
Located on top of the Niagara Escarpment, this building follows the slope of the property. Explore the three terraced levels of the library, culminating with a large reading room hovering above Dundas Street. Take in the special Doors Open medical exhibit in the Flamborough Archives. View the green roof from the patio.
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Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region

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6297 Twenty Road East
Glanbrook, Ontario
Telephone: 905-679-6935
Year built: 2005
Architect: Jairam Patel
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region is a spiritual organization serving Hindus of diverse backgrounds living in Hamilton and the surrounding area. The temple, damaged by vandalism in 2001, was rebuilt in 2005 in an exquisite, colourful, Indian architectural style to house the deities in the prayer area.
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Mohawk Trail School Museum

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20 Education Court
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-318-3046
Year built: 1882; restored 1967; relocated: 2013; restored: 2015
Architect: Restoration: Ventin Group Associates (2015)
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come to the grand re-opening of the former S.S. No. 5 Barton, a one-room brick school house that served the western part of the former Barton Township. Restored in 1967 as a fully furnished late 1800s all-grades classroom; it was totally refurbished in 2015 when it was relocated. During Doors Open, view displays on public health in rural schools.
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Osler House

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30 South Street West
Dundas, Ontario
Telephone: 289-238-9278
Year built: 1848
Style: Georgian
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This exquisite Georgian-style house has been lovingly restored, blending 21st-century convenience and technology with 19th-century charm and elegance. It was the childhood home of Sir William Osler (1849-1919), an icon of modern medicine and one of the “Big Four” founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Only the main floor and the grounds will be open during Doors Open.
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Philpott Memorial Church

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84 York Blvd.
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-527-4802
Year built: 1892; tabernacle: 1906; additions: 1909 and 1968; atrium: 2014-15
Architect: Charles Mills (1906 and 1909); Thier Curran Architects (2015)
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Philpott Memorial Church, named after its founder Peter Wiley Philpott, has stood like a beacon throughout the 1960s downtown renewal. Founded in 1891, the congregation acquired the present property by 1901 and erected the Christian Workers Chapel. The Gospel tabernacle addition – with seating for 1,500 – opened in 1906.
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Ridge Road Estate Winery

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1205 Ridge Road
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Telephone: 289-649-0353
Year built: 2009
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Ridge Road Estate Winery property, situated at the edge of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, has been in the family since 1875. The winery, operated with great respect for tradition, quality and value, produces small batches of wine exclusively from hand-picked grapes. Three complimentary wine and small-bite pairings will be available.
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Rosedale Tennis Club

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42 Lawrence Road
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-545-5205
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stroke & Skills Clinic* 2 to 3 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stroke & Skills Clinic* Noon to 1 p.m. (*proper athletic footwear recommended)
The Rosedale Tennis Club, a fixture in Gage Park since 1924, has three types of court surfaces – hard (i.e., US Open), red clay (i.e., French Open) and “HarTru” (soft and clay-like). Tour the clubhouse and courts. View photos, trophies and a match. Play tennis or learn how to. Try a volleying competition to speed up your serve. Equipment provided.
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Shawn & Ed Brewing Company

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65 Hatt Street
Dundas, Ontario
Year built: 1886; renovated: 2015-16
Architect: Peter Brass; Two Row Architects (2015)
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
See the transformation of this former curling/skating rink – and, more recently, Valley City Furniture – into a retail craft brewery for the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company. Learn about the adaptive reuse of the building and the development of the brewery. View the tasting and production areas. Guided tours and tastings available for a fee.
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Staircase Theatre, The

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27 Dundurn Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-529-3000
Year built: 1914; renovated 1996
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Staircase Theatre was built in 1914 as a Cataract Power Company transformer substation. In 1996, Hugh Macleod transformed the building into a cultural hub, named after the original three-storey iron spiral staircase. Explore behind the scenes, experience improvisational theatre and visit the redesigned Elaine Mae Theatre from 10 a.m. to Noon both days.
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Textile Building, The

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10 George Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-979-3234
Year built: 1874 and 1903; redeveloped: 1988; renovated: 2015-16
Architect: Lintack Architects Inc. (2015)
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Textile Building – originally the E. Van Allen Shirt Company building complex – was redeveloped in 1988 as the Village Atrium. Today, the site is being renovated by Core Urban Inc. into a contemporary office building. Tour the before (4th floor), during (2nd floor) and after (a new glass-enclosed elevator in the four-storey atrium and the garden level, including a gym).
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The Lyles - Minister, Doctors and Architect

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165 Charlton Avenue West (Central Presbyterian Church)
Hamilton, Ontario
Year built: 1908
Architect: John M. Lyle
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Talk on Architect Lyle - 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Talk on Lyle Family and Church - 12:30 p.m.; Talk on Architect Lyle - 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Architect John Lyle’s granddaughter, Lorna Harris, completes her multi-year Doors Open site talks in Hamilton, similar to presentations given at Doors Open events in Toronto (three sites), Ottawa and Kingston. Join 15-minute talks on Lyle’s church, the Gage Park Memorial Fountain and the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge, as well as the accomplished Lyle family. View photos and artifacts.

Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge

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York Blvd. at Desjardins Canal
Hamilton, Ontario
Year built: 1931-32
Architect: John M. Lyle; Engineer: James, Proctor and Redfern Limited
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Transportation
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; drive- or ride-by only; use caution on the Highway 403 on- and off-ramps
This bridge – resulting from an international competition held by the Hamilton Parks Board for the “improvement of the northwestern entrance to the City of Hamilton” – features a pair of monumental pylons at each end, connected by an ornamental metal balustrade. It affords views east to Hamilton Bay and west to Cootes Paradise.
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Water Filtration Building - Water Treatment Plant

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900 Woodward Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-2424
Year built: 1933 and 1959; rehabilitated: 2010
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a rare opportunity to see how the 2010 extensive structural rehabilitation and architectural facelift returned this plant to its original art deco grandeur. Learn about the drinking water system and the filtration process. See the history of water in Hamilton at the Informational Welcome Centre.
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Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House)

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51 Stuart Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-522-3003
Year built: 1858-60; restoration: 1995-96
Architect: F.J. Rastrick and F.P. Rubridge; restoration: McCallum Mokrycke Sather Architects & Taylor Hazell Architects
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; artisan demonstrations both days from 1 to 3 p.m.
Canada’s only national workers’ history museum and art gallery, housed in Hamilton’s former Custom House, celebrates its 20th year. Explore the new Hamilton industrial and labour history app, Workers’ City. Watch local artisans Aimee Burnett make shoes and Anna Zygowski, who restored the museum’s mid-20th-century knitting machine, demonstrate knitting. Related children’s activities available.