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June 21, 2014

Doors Open Kingston is proud to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War.

Kingston has a rich and colourful military history that has shaped our community throughout our existence and continues to do so today. Through thoughtful preservation of buildings and monuments, Kingstonians and the many visitors to our community are surrounded by reminders of the sacrifices of our ancestors.

Welcome to Ontario's oldest city where we are all young at heart. We invite you to join us for Doors Open Kingston, where we open our doors for you!

Kingston is a vibrant cultural community that boasts a robust creative arts scene. We are also proud of our preserved heritage buildings – including Fort Henry and four Martello Towers, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

When you come through the stately doors of Kingston’s heritage sites, you will learn about the city's local and national history. Other sites reveal our beautiful city’s fresh and lively energy. From museums to Mozart and soldiers to sailing, Kingston offers the scenic feel of another era painted with a masterful modern brush.

Those planning to mark the anniversary of the First World War will be particularly interested in the sites we’re opening for Doors Open Kingston 2014 – including the site where military officers have been trained since 1876, a colonial fort from the late 1600s that served as an internment camp during the war, barracks that owe their origins to the First World War, a cemetery where the mascot of the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment is buried (a white goat named Nan), museums, monuments – plus many more!

More than 1,000 Kingstonians lost their lives in the Great War. We have not forgotten their sacrifices.

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French services available
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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University Avenue at Bader Lane, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-2190
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The centre, Kingston’s public gallery since 1957, exhibits historical and contemporary art in gorgeous modern spaces attached to the elegant neo-Georgian home of its founder. The house and the exhibition Artful Dressing: The Fashion of Agnes Etherington, display her taste and style. Enjoy drop-in art programs for all ages in the André Bieler Studio. Guides will offer impromptu talks.
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French services available
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Almost Home

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118 William Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-548-8255
Year built: c. 1895
Style: Victorian
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Once a private residence from the turn of the 20th century, Almost Home now operates as a home-away-from-home for families with sick children. Extensive renovations have preserved the charm and detail of the original house, while providing a modern residence for up to 11 families. Almost Home has welcomed more than 3,300 families since opening in 1992.
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French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Bellevue House National Historic Site

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35 Centre Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-8666, ext. 105
Year built: 1840
Architect: George Browne
Style: Italianate
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bellevue House, built in 1840, is a rare example of Italianate villa architecture in the picturesque manner. It was once the home of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The house and grounds have been restored to how they would have appeared in the period when Macdonald and his family lived here.
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French services available
Self-guided tours available

Canada's Penitentiary Museum

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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.
This museum, once the official residence – Cedarhedge – of Kingston Penitentiary’s warden, was designed by architect Henry Horsey. It was built entirely by convict labour in the Italianate vernacular style, using limestone quarried and cut on the site.  First occupied in August 1873, the building was home to a succession of at least eight wardens.
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Self-guided tours available

Chalmers United Church

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212 Barrie Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-3263, ext. 222
Year built: 1888
Architect: Gillen and Gillen
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The current Chalmers United Church is a unique limestone heritage building constructed in 1888, surrounded by Barrie, Clergy and Earl streets. On entering the sanctuary, you will experience the intimacy and welcoming atmosphere of this “rebel” architecture (based on a semi-circle), beautiful richly coloured stained-glass windows, a soaring arched ceiling, ornate balcony and Casavant organ.
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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Former Congregational Church - Masonic Hall

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126 Wellington Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-2555
Year built: 1864-65
Architect: John Power
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 1864, John Power designed this church of hammer-dressed stone for the Congregational Church. The interior was damaged by fire in 1891. In 1925, the building was sold to the Masons for use as their Masonic Hall until 2002, when it was sold and became the Wellington Street Theatre. In fall 2011, this heritage building became Kids and Co. Daycare.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
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Guided tours available
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Fort Frontenac

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317 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-5010
Year built: 1673
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort Frontenac, established in 1673, occupies a site of national historic significance at the strategic confluence of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Currently the home of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the fort has endured over 300 years of Canadian history and every Canadian campaign from the Iroquois Wars to the War in Afghanistan.
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HMCS Cataraqui

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24 Navy Way
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-5010
Year built: 1992
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HMCS Cataraqui is the home of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in Kingston. Visitors will tour the building and learn about the storied history of the RCN in Kingston. Visitors will also meet local naval reserve sailors, see their small boats and other unique equipment and enjoy their interactive displays.
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French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Kingston City Hall

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216 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-4291, ext. 1520
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 Kingston’s most famous national historic sites. A treasure chest of local and national artifacts, the building showcases a collection of historical portraits, including one of Sir John A. Macdonald, a resident of Kingston 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 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 4 p.m.
The Kingston Police Headquarters provides a workplace for approximately 260 people on three levels. The design includes natural light and views for all workstations. It offers complete and effective security while being open, inviting and flexible to allow for future organizational changes. The building was designed to be the greenest police building in Canada, and has received LEED Gold Certification.
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Kingston School of Art and Window Art Gallery

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647A Princess Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-549-1528
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Kingston School of Art provides affordable, hands-on instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, pastels, mixed media and printmaking to hundreds of students, children and adults alike. The Window Art Gallery provides exhibition space to Kingston artists in a beautiful light-filled space. This Doors Open event will include art demonstrations, art activities for children, and tours of the school.
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MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

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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.
The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum is at the entrance to scenic Grass Creek Park, in an 1853 log cabin. The museum contains a treasure trove of woodworking tools and interesting wooden objects and art highlighting the building’s history and the diverse roles trees and wood have in our lives. Kids will enjoy the children’s activity area.
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Military Communications and Electronics Museum

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95 Craftsman Blvd.
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-4675
Year built: 1995
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This museum houses three of 20 plaster moulds of original clay figures designed by Canadian sculptor Walter Allward (1876-1955), including Grieving Man and Grieving Woman. Allward won a competition to design a Canadian war memorial to be placed on a battle site in Europe. In the summer of 1922, the commission selected Vimy Ridge as the site for Allward’s memorial.
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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre

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21 Queen Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-548-4883
Year built: 1848
Architect: George Herchmer Markland
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Modern Fuel is a non-profit, interdisciplinary arts organization located in the former City of Kingston Gaslight Company building, built in 1848. The painted slogan “Gas the Modern Fuel” remains on the side of the building to this day. During Doors Open, meet and talk to local professional artists and participate in the production of an artistic work.
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Murney Tower Museum

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2 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-545-4718
Year built: 1846
Building type: 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.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Museum of Health Care at Kingston

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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, a National Historic Site, was a student nurses’ residence from 1904-69. Since 1995, the building has housed the Museum of Health Care and its extensive collection of health-related artifacts. Gallery and behind-the-scenes tours will tell the history of health care in Canada. Free crafts for families in the Children’s Gallery.
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National Historic Site (Canada)

Portsmouth Town Hall

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623 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-928-3147
Year built: 1865
Architect: William Coverdale
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners will welcome visitors to its studio on the second floor of the historic Portsmouth Town Hall, erected in 1865, which has also served as a public school and headquarters for St. John’s Ambulance. View the building and see weaving and spinning demonstrations. Finished products will be available for purchase.
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French services available
Kid-friendly
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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.; guided tours every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m.
This museum, housed in one of Canada’s oldest waterworks, is a testament to Kingston’s industrial past, highlighting model trains and steam power. Come experience the Discovery Centre or immerse yourself in the world of Kingston Fire & Rescue Services in our latest exhibition, Ashes to Innovation: Fighting Fires in Kingston.
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French services available
Guided tours available
First World War

Queen's University Archives

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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. Artifacts from the large collection will be displayed for Doors Open, including First World War documents (e.g., diaries and correspondence), photographs, memorabilia and architectural plans and drawings, among them architect Walter Seymour Allward’s original designs and drawings for the Vimy Memorial.
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Rogers K-Rock Centre

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1 Tragically Hip Way
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-650-5000
Year built: 2008
Architect: Brisbin Brook Beynon
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rogers K-Rock Centre is Kingston’s premier sports and entertainment venue, designed to host major concerts, family shows, ice shows and other world-class entertainment. Located on The Tragically Hip Way in downtown Kingston, the Rogers K-Rock Centre is only a short walk from some of Kingston’s finest hotels, restaurants and shopping.
Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Brigade Association

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193 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-8152
Year built: 1848-49
Architect: William Coverdale
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Architect William Coverdale constructed this building, designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, in 1848-49. It has been the home of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Association (RCHA) since 1947. A licensed lounge on the third floor presents live entertainment on weekends. Artifacts honouring the RCHA and illustrating its history are displayed on the second floor.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Royal Military College Museum, Fort Frederick

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4 Passchendale Drive
Kingston, Ontario
Year built: 1846
Architect: Royal Engineers
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This museum is located in Fort Frederick on the campus of the Royal Military College of Canada. Created in 1962, the museum in its present form collects, conserves, researches and displays material relating to the history of the college, its former cadets and the site on which it is located.
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First World War

Royal Military College of Canada Memorial Arch

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13 General Crerar Crescent
Kingston, Ontario
Year built: 1923
Architect: John M. Lyle
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ex-Cadet Club of Canada paid to have this arch built through subscriptions from club members and friends of the college. The architect was J.M. Lyle of Toronto. His granddaughter will present an exhibit – incorporating archival photos and materials, books and family stories. The arch commemorate cadets who lost their lives in the First World War and earlier conflicts.
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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.
St. Andrew's has served Kingston for more than 190 years. Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime pinister, was a member of its congregation. The current building was dedicated in 1890, after fire destroyed the original structure. This limestone building includes a bell tower and an 800-seat sanctuary complete with a pipe organ and several stunning stained-glass windows.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
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St. George's Cathedral

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270 King Street East
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-548-4617
Year built: 1825-91
Architect: Thomas Rogers (1825) and Joseph Power (1891)
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The original 1825 building was a simple, rectangular stone church with a steeple designed by Kingston’s first practising architect. The present cathedral, with dome and transepts, incorporates the original and was completed in 1891. Three of the walls of the original church still stand, part of the present cathedral’s nave. Lord Sydenham, British North America’s first governor, is buried here.
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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

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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 – a Victorian-Gothic edifice – is surrounded by the Lower Burial Ground (Kingston’s oldest Protestant cemetery, established in 1783). The church serves as a centre for Christian worship and outreach to the local Swamp-Ward neighbourhood, and as a chapel for the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Sydenham Street United Church

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82 Sydenham Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-9616
Year built: 1852
Architect: William Coverdale
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This building is home to the Sydenham Street United Church congregation, as well as various local cultural and social service groups, including Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, the Choral Society, the Reelout Film Festival and the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites. Resident groups will be on hand to promote their activities.