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May 06, 2017 - May 07, 2017

Visit 37 of Hamilton’s oldest and newest spaces!

Organized by the Architectural Conservancy Ontario Hamilton Region Branch in partnership with the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects, Doors Open Hamilton celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2017.

Visit 16 new sites, discover new uses in old and not-so-old buildings, see unique spaces that are rarely open to the public, and learn how some Hamilton spaces and landscapes have evolved since Confederation.

Pick up our 2017 Guidebook in the April edition of URBANICITY, distributed in Hamilton and Burlington, and at Doors Open Hamilton sites. Use the postcard in the Guidebook to tell us which Doors Open Hamilton sites you have visited for an opportunity to win a Canadian prize pack from our media sponsor Cable 14 – Hamilton TV Ltd.

Save the date for 2018 – May 5 and 6!

For more information about becoming a volunteer for Doors Open Hamilton, contact us at 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
Year built: Main barn c. 1820; addition in 1915; north barn 2012
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alpacas from Eighth and Mud produces most of the fibre and products sold in the farm store. Tour the Belfast Mini Mill, see how alpaca fibre is used by spinners, weavers and knitters, and in felting, and learn how this farm evolved over 200 years from grapes to alpacas. Living Rock Food Truck will be onsite, with seating available.

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Alpacas from Eighth and Mud - Alpacas' Day at the Spa

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232 Eighth Road East
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Telephone: 905-643-0339
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alpacas from Eighth and Mud is a farm that produces most of the fibre and products sold in the farm store. During Doors Open, watch the annual alpaca shearing. See the alpacas get their hair cut, teeth trimmed and nails done. Living Rock Food Truck will be onsite; seating is available.

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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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Barracks Inn, The

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425 Wilson Street East
Ancaster, Ontario
Telephone: 289-445-1234
Year built: 1868; renovation/addition, 2014-16
Architect: Kaj Devai
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Barracks Inn is so-named because the original building on this site was used as a barracks in 1812. In June 2016, it opened as a luxury boutique inn. The extensive restoration and renovation of the 1868 shop and residence structure reinvigorated a landmark in the Ancaster heritage village. Tour the common facilities as well as a guest room!

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Boat Storage Facility and Maintenance Shop

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210 Hillyard Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-525-4330
Year built: 2016
Architect: Atkinson Engineering
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3:30 p.m.); Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3:30 p.m.)

Enjoy this rare opportunity to visit the new Harbour West Marina Boat Storage Facility and Maintenance Shop at Pier 15. Take a tour, learn about port-related services and activities and view historical photographs and artifacts. Visit the second floor for a unique and panoramic view of Hamilton’s industrial waterfront. Note: Flat footwear must be worn.

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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
Sunday 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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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Christ's Church Cathedral

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252 James Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-527-1316
Year built: 1852; expansion 1873-75
Architect: Langley & Burke (expansion)
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built on the site of Hamilton’s first Anglican church, the cathedral (designated in 1985) remains an imposing presence on Hamilton’s main street. The building’s 19th-century Gothic revival-style is reflected in its stone construction, scale and quality of design. The interior features an elaborate chancel, tracery and painted and stained-glass windows. The expansion was based on William Thomas’s design.

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National Historic Site (Canada)
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Church of the Ascension

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64 Forest Avenue (at John Street South)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-527-3505
Year built: 1846
Architect: Frederick Cumberland
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

This fine example of early English Gothic, constructed of limestone, is the second Anglican church built in incorporated Hamilton (1846). The Warrior Window is all that survived of the 1887 fire. Unique stained-glass windows abound in both the sanctuary and the Chapel of the Holy Spirit (1955). Guided and self-guided tours, partially wheelchair accessible, street parking.

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CoBuild

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984 Barton Street East (enter off Belview Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-296-5110
Year built: c. 1910
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is Hamilton’s first Industrial Co-Working community and facility. CoBuild has started to bring this former canning complex back to its industrial roots. Take a guided tour of the main and 2nd floors to view unique features, learn about the history of the space and meet future tenants – including the Hamilton Tool Library. Note: Flat, close-toed shoes must be worn.

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CoMotion on King

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115 King Street East, 3rd floor
Hamilton, Ontario
Year built: 1919-20; renovations: 1951; adaptive reuse: 2015
Architect: McPhie & Kelly; R&R Designs Inc. (2015)
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit the third floor of the building that was home to The Hamilton Spectator until 1976, converted into a 929-square-metre (10,000-square-foot) co-working office. See the event and unique meeting spaces, light tunnels, phone booths and Spectator memorabilia. Visit the members’ Doors Open small business tradeshow. Don’t miss the panoramic view of downtown Hamilton from the roof.

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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 architectural tours every hour on the hour

This rare historical example of a textile mill complex – with its “slow-burning” (fire retardant) brick walls and wood construction, featuring a prominent Goth-inspired tower – is being transformed into a complex for a diverse mix of creative professionals. See artist studios and Hamilton Aerial Group displays, and visit The Cotton Factory Spring Market.

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Digital Canaries Film Studios

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520 Burlington Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Year built: c. 1930; addition: 1993
Architect: Stewart Thomson McPhie
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This 6,130-square-metre (66,000-square-foot) former industrial space now houses Hamilton’s largest movie, television, film and location studio with over 50 rooms – the only standing set location facility of its size in Ontario. Take a guided tour of the Oval Office, the courtroom, hospital, jail and more!

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EcoHouse (Glen Manor)

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22 Veevers Drive (near Greenhill Avenue and Quigley Road)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-540-8787
Year built: c. 1851; expanded and renovated 1968; adaptive reuse 2003
Architect: James Dean; Nicolson Design Services (1968); Zebroski and Associates Inc. (2003)”
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.; 30-minute guided tour both days at 2 p.m.

This restored stone farmhouse, operated by Green Venture as an environmental demonstration house, is an excellent example of adaptive reuse designed by Zebroski and Associates Inc.  During Doors Open, explore how the house has evolved over the past 160 years, and tour the rarely open basement of the original farmhouse, which includes a unique indoor dog pen.

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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 Education Centre, the administrative offices of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, designed by Ventin Group Architects. Take a guided tour of the centre, including the trustee council chamber, meeting facilities and the atrium overlooking Mohawk Trail School. See artifacts from the previous education centre and former schools. View archival exhibits brought out for Doors Open.

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Ontario 150

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.

Take this rare opportunity to learn how the Educational Archives recovers and preserves the history of public education in Hamilton and Wentworth since the 1840s – including student attendance registers, photographs, documents, memorabilia and architectural artifacts from closed schools. See how education has evolved since pre-Confederation, and view exhibits brought out for Doors Open.

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Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre

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700 Woodward Avenue (south gate entrance north of Brampton Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-2489
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.

Take this rare opportunity – in a LEED Silver-certified building designed by McCallum Sather Architects – to learn how the City of Hamilton protects its drinking water. Refill your water bottle. Visitors over 9 years of age – wearing closed-toe footwear and upon review and sign-off of the Laboratory Safety Form – will continue on a guided tour of the laboratory.

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Ontario 150

Erland Lee (Museum) Home

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552 Ridge Road
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Telephone: 905-662-2691
Year built: 1808; 1860 (addition); 1873 renovations and carriage house
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 Institute – and home to six generations of the Lee family. View the Canada 150 display about the family in 1867 and Women’s Institute centennial celebrations in 1967. The First World War displays commemorate the centennial of both the Battle of Vimy Ridge and Major Gordon D’Arcy Lee’s death on May 3, 1917.

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Former Veevers Estate

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22 Veevers Drive
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-540-8787
Landscape type: Garden
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: noon to 4 p.m.; 30-minute guided tour both days at 2 p.m.

This two-acre garden – a remnant of the 80 hectares (200 acres) cleared by the Loyalist Thatcher family in the late 18th century – is a suburban oasis at the base of the Niagara Escarpment. Gardens include: a pesticide-free community garden, native species and pollinator gardens, rain gardens, solar and wind energy generation, permeable path options, and green roof and EV-charging station.

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Hamilton Downtown Mosque

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221 York Blvd.
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-527-7371
Year built: 2015 (adaptive reuse)
Architect: Ken Shaw and Dr. Mohammad Khattab, Engineers
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit the Hamilton Downtown Mosque – one of three mosques open for Doors Open – converted from a former supermarket and fitness club. Explore the mosque with a day full of interesting activities for the whole family. Interactive guided tours every half hour. Free gifts for everyone, free tasty refreshments. View an Islamic movie, see an Islamic poster exhibition, and much more!

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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 Mountain Mosque

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1545 Stone Church Road East
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-383-1526
Year built: 2012 addition
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This mosque is one of the largest in southwestern Ontario. Tour the mosque and community centre. See the Islamic Poster exhibition, Qur'an in World Languages display, Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy, and Islamic daily prayers. Children's activities. Free gifts and refreshments for everyone. Interactive guided tours every half hour. Meet the Imam and members of Hamilton’s Muslim community.

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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. (English service at 10 a.m., Hindi service at 4 p.m., and dinner at 6 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 destroyed in 2001, four days after 9/11 was rebuilt in 2005 in an exquisite, colourful, Indian architectural style to house the deities in the prayer area.

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Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage - Locke Street Office

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Entrance at 281 Herkimer Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-529-3300
Year built: 1919; mid-20th-century interior renovations; addition 1991
Architect: Gordon J. Hutton with Paul Domville; Kyles, Kyles & Garrett (addition)
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

Visit the Locke Street office of the Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage, originally built as the second Bank of Hamilton branch. Enter the original vestibule and tour the reception area and the bank vault(s) in this former banking hall. See the vintage clock, desks and original woodwork in one of Hamilton’s “most robbed” banks.

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Macassa Bay Yacht Club

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80 Harbour Front Drive
Hamilton, Ontario
Year built: 1997; addition 2003
Architect: Victor Pala; Henry Vanderstoep (addition)
Building type: Commercial
Sunday only: Noon to 5 p.m.; the first 50 Doors Open visitors receive a piece of 50th anniversary cake and coffee

Macassa Bay Yacht Club – home to the Knot-a-Breast Dragonboat Team – is celebrating its 50th anniversary of incorporation. See displays by local water/boating organizations. Try the Hamilton Power and Sail Squadron’s computerized motorboat simulator. View a display of antique outboard motors. Enjoy pirate-themed activities for children. Take a guided tour of the upper level for a unique view of the harbour.

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McMaster Nuclear Reactor

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1280 Main Street West (McMaster University)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-525-9140, ext. 24279
Year built: 1957-58
Architect: William R. Souter & Associates
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; last tour at 3:30 p.m.

Discover one of Hamilton’s most unique yet least-known industries – medical isotope research, development and production – plus more! For tours, visitors must be over 10 years of age, be comfortable in confined spaces, and pre-register (government-issued identification and completion of a visitor information card required). Note: McMaster Nuclear Reactor reserves the right of refusal.

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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: Ventin Group Associates (restoration, 2015)
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take this rare opportunity to tour the former S.S. No. 5 Barton, a one-room brick schoolhouse 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 following its 2013 relocation. During Doors Open, view displays on education in rural schools.

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New Vision United Church

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24 Main Street West (at MacNab Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-522-6843
Year built: 1866-68; McCallum Chapel, 1951; addition, 1992
Architect: Albert Harvey Hills
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m.; 15-minute organ recitals at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.; 15-minute guided tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Take this rare opportunity to visit the sanctuary of the former Centenary United Church, which Martha Julia Cartmell (the first woman overseas missionary) left in 1881 to open a girls’ school in Tokyo. Learn about the evolution of the church through the years, from its days as a pre-Hamilton Place concert hall to its cultural renaissance today.

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Randle Reef Viewing

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210 Hillyard Street (boat storage yard)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-525-4330
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3:30 p.m.); Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3:30 p.m.)

The Hamilton Port Authority offers this rare opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes for an up-close view of the Randle Reef Remediation project from the port’s newly relocated outdoor boat storage yard. Note: Flat footwear must be worn and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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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Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club

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50 Lawrence Road
Hamilton, Ontario
Year built: 1926
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; lawn bowling game: 1 p.m. both days

Set at the base of the Niagara Escarpment in Gage Park, Roselawn invites you to tour the clubhouse and view the two regulation-size greens from the balcony. See archival photographs and learn about lawn bowling. Try hand-size fitting of the bowls. Watch a game at 1 p.m. each day (flat-soled shoes or sneakers required on the greens).

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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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Rudy Hulst Commons

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1430 Main Street East (enter off Crosthwaite Avenue)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-529-0454
Year built: 2015-16
Architect: Invizij Architects
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Indwell’s Rudy Hulst Commons, designed by Invizij Architects, is home to over 50 tenants in 47 affordable, supported one- and two-bedroom apartments. Take a guided tour of the modern office complex, some tenant apartments and the sixth-floor community space that overlooks the escarpment – arguably the best views in east Hamilton.

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St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church

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475 Mary Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-529-3921
Year built: 1890
Architect: Robert Clohency
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday service: 10:30 a.m. mass and May Crowning; 5 p.m. Filipino mass

Join the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the Parish Council of the Catholic Women's League at this Romanesque-style church. It has remarkable acoustics, beautiful stained glass, a century-old Casavant pipe organ, painted murals and a main altar carved and sculpted in the renowned Italian Carrara marble quarries. Enjoy choir singing, guitar music and organ performances throughout each day.

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St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church

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718 Barton Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-544-0726
Year built: 1912; 1927; interior renovations 1954; 2007
Architect: Lindsay Alexander Wardell
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hamilton’s only Polish Roman Catholic Church – one of the first ethnic parishes – began worship 105 years ago in the basement. Completion of the church was postponed until 1927 because of the First World War and the impact of an independent homeland on Polish immigration. During Doors Open, see murals painted by Italian artists, history/ministry displays and the custom-built Casavant organ.

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Stoney Creek Masonic Centre, The

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19 Dawson Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
Year built: 1957
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours every 30 minutes; last tour leaves at 3:30 p.m. both days

The Stoney Creek Masonic Centre, home to four lodges, can trace its roots back to the first Stoney Creek Lodge, which was installed August 15, 1864. Join Beach Lodge No. 639 in commemorating the 300th anniversary of organized freemasonry – with displays, local lodge histories and tours of the anterooms and lodge rooms. Light refreshments will be available.

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Water Filtration Building - Water Treatment Plant

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900 Woodward Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-2489
Year built: 1933 (west half); 1959 (east half); rehabilitated 2010
Architect: W.L. McFaul, city engineer and staff
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to learn about the City of Hamilton’s historical and current drinking water system – and its filtration process – through a guided tour of the Learning Centre, Filter Gallery and Control Room. See how the extensive structural rehabilitation and architectural facelift in 2010 returned this plant to its original art deco grandeur.