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June 18, 2016

Join us again in 2016 for another exciting year of Doors Open Kingston!

This year’s theme of medical science and innovation gives Kingston an opportunity to feature its premier hospitals and its long history of teaching medicine and developing medical innovations.

Kingston is home to the Museum of Health Care, which is located in the former nursing-student residence at Kingston General Hospital. The museum strives to preserve the material history of our medical and health-care past with the goal of understanding the history of health and health care, particularly in Canada. Currently ranked as one of the top universities in Canada, Queen’s University – together with Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Providence Care – trains students and conducts important research. Together, these institutions provide specialized care and conduct research that is on the cutting edge of technology.

History is alive and well in Kingston – Canada’s first capital and home to its first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

Our limestone city’s charms include its lively and lovely downtown – jammed with excellent shops and restaurants – and its many museums (see www.kingstonmuseums) and historical sites. Kingston also boasts an exciting arts community, family-friendly spaces and activities, and a number of innovative businesses generated by its fine learning institutions – including Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College.

Doors Open Kingston provides an annual opportunity for residents and visitors alike to experience a deeper look at Kingston’s storied past, vibrant present and promising future.

We are proud of our smart and livable 21st-century city and want to share it with you!

Do you love architecture, design and history? Do you take pride in Kingston? If so, volunteer with Doors Open Kingston!

Doors Open Kingston provides an opportunity for anyone to enjoy free access to Kingston venues to experience the architecture and cultural heritage through tours and education. And we're looking for volunteers!

Volunteer opportunities are available for both adults and youth to be ambassadors at buildings participating in Doors Open Kingston. We seek committed volunteers to assist on the day of the event with set-up, greeting visitors, leading tours, developing social media and encouraging public participation.

If this sounds like you, register at www.kingstonmuseums.ca/DOK.

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
36 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-2190
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre exhibits historical and contemporary art in gorgeous modern spaces and the elegant neo-Georgian home of its founder. Summer 2016 exhibitions feature Kingston art, past and present, and a newly acquired Rembrandt masterpiece. Enjoy a hands-on art program for all ages in the André Biéler Studio and impromptu talks in the galleries and Etherington House.
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Guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Benidickson House (Summerhill East)

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Off Arch Street, north of Stuart Street, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-6647
Year built: 1839
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Completed in 1839, Summerhill was the home of Anglican archdeacon George Okill Stuart. When Upper Canada’s first Parliament met nearby, the members stayed here. Queen’s College (Queen’s University) purchased Summerhill in 1853. The east wing (now called Benidickson House) served as the principal’s residence, and is now used for formal dinners and principal’s events. Summerhill is a designated historical site.
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French services available
Self-guided tours available

Canada's Penitentiary Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
555 King Street West at Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd.
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-530-3122
Year built: 1873
Architect: Henry Horsey
Style: Italianate
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canada’s Penitentiary Museum occupies Cedarhedge, once the residence of a Kingston Penitentiary warden. Built by convicts using local limestone, with Ohio sandstone accents, this home was first occupied in 1873. Eight rooms of the house have been converted into galleries that depict the history of Canada’s federal correctional system.
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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Church of the Good Thief

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735 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-331-3231
Year built: 1892-94
Architect: Joseph Connolly
Style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This church and nearby rectory are representative of many that Joseph Connolly designed for the Archdiocese of Kingston. The church – closed for services since November 2013 – is built of stone quarried in Portsmouth by prisoners from Kingston Penitentiary. The interior features a three-panel altar mural made by Panzerotti of New York, and stained-glass windows commemorating distinguished Portsmouth families.
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Graham's Pharmacy

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
328 King Street East
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-4111
Year built: 1911
Style: Neoclassical
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Originally constructed as a bank, this three-storey building was designed in the "temple bank" tradition. Currently run as a pharmacy, Graham's has the feel of stepping back in time with its oak finishes and large brass chandeliers. It also has one of the largest apothecary artifacts on display. Officially one of Kingston's 24 museums on the Kingston Trolley Tour.
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HMCS Cataraqui

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24 Navy Way
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-5010, ext. 6112
Year built: 1992
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HMCS Cataraqui is the home of the Royal Canadian Navy in Kingston. Visitors will learn its storied history as they tour the building. They will also meet local naval reserve sailors, see small boats and other unique equipment, and enjoy interactive displays.
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Kingston Area Recycling Centre

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196 Lappan's Lane
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-4291, ext. 2703
Year built: 1989
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Since 1989, this recycling centre has been processing paper, plastic, metal and glass from homes in Kingston and the surrounding area. Recyclable materials are sorted here and then sold to companies that use them to make new products. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at this facility, which is not usually open to the public. Guided tours throughout the day.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
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Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Kingston City Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
216 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-4291, ext. 1154
Year built: 1841-44
Architect: George Browne
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kingston City Hall is one of the city’s most famous National Historic Sites. The building showcases a treasure chest of local and national artifacts, and a collection of historical portraits, including one of Sir John A. Macdonald, a Kingston resident and Canada’s first prime minister. The beautiful stained-glass windows and original jail cells will delight children of all ages!
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Kingston Lawn Bowling Club

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100 Napier Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-6693
Year built: 1933
Architect: E. Dener
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lawn bowling began in Kingston in 1914 on property now owned by Queen's University. The current property was purchased in 1932 to accommodate the increase in membership when women were allowed to join the club. Everyone 10 and over will have an opportunity to learn the sport from an experienced coach. (To protect the green, please wear flat shoes.)
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Kingston Police Headquarters

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705 Division Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-549-4660
Architect: Rebanks Pepper Littlewood/Shoalts and Zaback
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Kingston Police have been proudly serving the community for 175 years. The design of their headquarters allows for natural light and views at all workstations. The building offers complete and effective security while being open, inviting and flexible to allow for future organizational changes. It was designed to be Canada’s greenest police building, and has received LEED Gold certification.
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Kingston Theatre Organ Society Concert Centre

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89 Kirkpatrick Street
KIngston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-386-7295
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Since 1981, people have come from afar to see and hear Canada's largest theatre pipe organ – a 3/28 Kimball – the showpiece of the Kingston Theatre Organ Society. Visitors will be treated to organ presentations and a short tour of the pipes and back-stage area. Mini concerts will take place on the hour and half hour.
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MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2993 Highway 2 East
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-0543
Year built: Log house 1853, exhibit building 1983
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With a collection of over 20,000 artifacts, the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum represents Kingston’s connection to wood and woodworking technology. New this season is the travelling exhibit The Shakers – Decoding an Identity, which explores what people can learn about a community’s culture through its furniture.
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Murney Tower National Historic Site

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2 King Street West at Barrie Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-572-5181
Year built: 1846
Building type: Military, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Murney Redoubt, a Martello tower that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1846 on the shores of Lake Ontario as part of the defences of Kingston. The Kingston Historical Society operates the museum, which displays artifacts from 19th-century Kingston.
Full wheelchair access
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National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Museum of Health Care at Kingston

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
32 George Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-548-2419
Year built: 1903-04
Architect: William Newlands
Style: Beaux arts
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The imposing, beaux arts-style Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site was a student nurses’ residence from 1904 to 1969. It now houses the Museum of Health Care and its extensive collection of artifacts. A historical re-enactment, the Children’s Gallery craft area and behind-the-scenes tours of the collection storage areas combine to tell the history of health care in Canada.
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Partial wheelchair access
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French services available
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Pump House Steam Museum

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23 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-544-PUMP (7867)
Year built: 1849
Architect: Joseph Power
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Pump House Steam Museum is a remarkable monument to Kingston’s industrial past. Come and find out about robots with WAFFLES Community Robotics, take in the newly renovated model train room, play in the Gordon C. Leitch Discovery Centre or learn all about sports in our latest exhibit, Sport vs. Science.
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Queen's University Archives

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
11 Medical Quadrangle, Kathleen Ryan Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-2378
Year built: 1907
Architect: Joseph Power
Style: Neoclassical
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This neoclassical structure, designed by Kingston architect Joseph Power and built in 1907, has housed the archives since 1982. To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the university, artifacts and documents from the large collection – including photographs, architectural plans and drawings, and memorabilia – will be on display for Doors Open. Guided, behind-the-scenes tours will occur on the hour.
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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

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130 Clergy Street East
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-6316
Year built: 1890
Architect: Joseph Power and Son
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The stories at St. Andrew’s are everywhere – in the steeple’s cross, the stained-glass windows and memorial plaques, and the signature that military cadet Billy Bishop carved into a pew. St. Andrew’s was the home congregation for Canada’s first Prime Minister and Queen’s University. At noon, the organ – played by director of music, John Hall – will fill the sanctuary with music.
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
100 Portsmouth Avenue
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-544-5400
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Established in 1967, St. Lawrence College has had a long history in the Kingston community. Offering more than 100 full-time programs, the college trains students for careers in the health-care sector. During Doors Open, guided tours will showcase some of the program areas – including biotechnology, medical laboratory science, veterinary technology and nursing.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

St. Paul's Anglican Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
137 Queen Street (at Montreal Street)
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-5870
Year built: 1845
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1845 as a garrison church, St. Paul’s serves as a centre for Christian worship and outreach, and as a chapel for the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment. This church has The Lower Burial Ground (1783-1863), one of the oldest consecrated cemeteries in Ontario, and the final resting place of most of Kingston’s original settlers.
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W.D. Jordan Special Collections Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
93 University Avenue (Queen's University, Douglas Library)
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-6320
Year built: 1923
Architect: Delano Dexter Calvin and Richard K. Shepard
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library is a treasure house of printed materials dating from the 15th century to the present. A selection of rare, unique and interesting items will be on display during Doors Open. Guided tours of the vault will occur on the hour.