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September 19, 2015

Doors Open Markham 2015 embraces the Ontario's sport heritage theme in featuring the Atos Markham Pan Am/Parapan Am Centre as our flagship site.

We've also included new sites that showcase the community's sport history with facilities and clubs that have been with us for generations. Of course, we couldn't leave out Markham Heritage Estates, where visitors can dream of their own restoration project.

The City of Markham is a place where the old and new co-exist as partners in the expression of the unique personality of our municipality. With our blossoming city centre taking shape only a short distance from historical Unionville, Markham is a city of contrasts and diversity that reflects our motto: Leading While Remembering.

Be a Doors Open Markham volunteer!

Contact Leanna at leannafong@gmail.com.

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Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

Atos Markham Pan Am Parapan Am Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
16 Main Street
Unionville, Ontario
Year built: 2014
Architect: B + H Architects
Style: International
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Atos Markham Pan Am/Parapan Am Centre is a triumph of contemporary design. Its dramatic angular form, expanses of glass and colour accents make an exciting architectural statement. During the games, badminton, table tennis and water polo events were hosted here. Now, the centre functions as a community and aquatic centre in the heart of Markham's downtown.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Central United Church

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131 Main Street
Markham, Ontario
Year built: 1879; addition in 1986
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This beautiful example of Gothic revival church architecture was originally built for Unionville's Primitive Methodists, which in 1925 became part of the United Church of Canada. A major addition – a postmodern architectural statement that echoes the materials and design of the 1879 structure – was constructed in 1986. The church is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

Crosby Memorial Arena

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
210 Main Street
Markham, Ontario
Year built: 1927
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Crosby Memorial Arena was named in honour of MP Hugh Powell Crosby, a leading citizen of Unionville who played a major role in bringing the railway to the village in 1870. Crosby was also the owner of the Union Mills, an important local industry. Markham's sport heritage is highlighted in a display in the arena's lobby.
Parking
Guided tours available

Markham Heritage Estates Walking Tour

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Meet opposite 11 Heritage Corners Lane
Markham, Ontario
Saturday: Guided tours at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m. only
Markham Heritage Estates, a subdivision of relocated and restored heritage homes, has captured the imagination of would-be house restorers since its establishment in the 1980s. It's a must-see destination for anyone who dreams of rescuing a historical treasure and bringing it back to its former glory.
Ontario's sport heritage

Markham Lawn Bowling Club

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28 Franklin Street
Markham, Ontario
Year built: c. 1910
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Markham Lawn Bowling Club was founded in 1909 in the heart of old Markham Village. Part of the existing clubhouse is said to have once been the local temperance hall. After more than a century, the club is still going strong, providing an attractive green space in the historical neighbourhood east of the commercial core of Markham Village.
Parking
Full wheelchair access

Markham Village Farmers' Market

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Robinson Street and Main Street North
Markham, Ontario
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Located in the centre of old Markham Village, this farmers’ market offers local produce as well as other fresh and seasonal goods. A walk through the market will take visitors back to a time to when markets were an essential part of many Ontario villages.
Guided tours available

Markham Village Old Town Hall

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96 Main Street North
Markham, Ontario
Year built: 1881
Style: Italianate
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Markham Village was incorporated in 1872. In 1881, an impressive Italianate-style town hall was constructed to provide a council chamber, meeting hall and jail. The building was converted into a movie theatre in the late 1940s after it was no longer used for municipal purposes. Restoration occurred in the mid-1980s. Today, the building houses business offices and a restaurant.
Parking
Guided tours available

McKinnon-Eakin House

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145 Main Street
Markham, Ontario
Year built: c. 1845
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Georgian
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The McKinnon-Eakin House is one of the oldest buildings remaining from Unionville's early days. From the mid- to late 19th century, the house was owned by William Eakin who, with his brother George, ran the Unionville Carriage Factory during the 1860s. At one time, the village lock-up was located here, when George Eakin was the township clerk and treasurer.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Railview Model Railway Club

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550 Alden Road, Unit 201
Markham, Ontario
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Railview Model Railroad Club hosts one of the largest HO-scale layouts in Ontario at over 3,000 square feet (279 square metres) in size. The club models the Hamilton/Bayview Junction from three time periods: 1940s-1950s (steam to diesel), 1960s-1970s (second generation diesel) and 1980 to present day (modern-era rail transport). Club members will showcase their work and welcome new members.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Stiver Mill Community Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
9 Station Lane
Unionville, Ontario
Year built: 1916
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Unionville's restored Stiver Mill is a local landmark that now serves as a community centre and farmers’ market. Originally built as a grain elevator, the western portion of the structure is one of the last of its kind in the region. A feed mill was added to the east end in the 1930s. An on-site exhibit celebrates Markham's milling industry.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Varley Art Gallery

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216 Main Street
Unionville, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Situated at the top of Unionville’s historic village core, the Varley Art Gallery is an excellent example of postmodern architecture. The gallery, named after Group of Seven artist Frederick Horsman Varley, is home to a fine collection of the artist’s oils, watercolours and drawings.