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September 27, 2014

Welcome to Doors Open Oshawa’s 11th year of celebrating our unique heritage!

Whether you’re visiting for a few hours, a few days or longer, our amazing city will keep you entertained, relaxed and informed. We hope you enjoy our Doors Open sites this year, as well as the wonderful parks and gardens throughout the city.

For complete information about our event:

Telephone: 905-436-3311, ext. 2818, or 1-800-667-4292, ext. 2818

Coming soon!

Doors Open Oshawa is looking for volunteers …

Contact us to learn more about joining our volunteer team to make Doors Open Oshawa a success!

Telephone: 905-436-3311, ext. 2818
Email: heritage@oshawa.ca

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420 (City of Oshawa) Wing RCAFA (Royal Canadian Air Force Association)

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1000 Stevenson Road North
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-723-2845
Year built: 1948
Architect: Department of National Defence
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 420 (City of Oshawa) Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association (RCAFA) was built as an Officers Mess for pilots training here during the Second World War. The organization promotes goodwill and supports many community organizations, as well as its own air cadet youth and veterans’ groups. Today, it also houses a collection of aircraft pictures and model planes.
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61 Charles Street

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61 Charles Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1903
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1903 by the T. Eaton Company Limited, 61 Charles Street expanded in the 1920s and manufactured for the automotive industry. For nearly 50 years afterwards, it was the home of Alger Press Ltd. The building now provides classrooms, student services, a library and much more as part of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
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Canadian Automotive Museum

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99 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-576-1222
Year built: 1920
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Established in 1961 and housed in a 1920s car dealership, the museum showcases the development of the automobile with approximately 65 vehicles dating from 1898 to 1981, as well as other items relating to these historical cars. The building has its original freight elevator.
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First World War

Canadian Victory Garden

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200 Winchester Road West
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-442-2167
Landscape type: Garden
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located on six acres (two hectares) of a historical farm property, the Canadian Victory Garden is an education centre consisting of demonstration gardens, a greenhouse, Native Sprit Wheel and a First World War Victory Garden in honour of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.
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Church of St. Peter

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1175 Cedar Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-728-8080
Year built: 1961
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This church, built in 1961, replaced a portable building erected on this site in the 1950s. Church furnishings from Holy Trinity Church (that merged with this one in 1964) were rededicated here later that same year. Today, the church houses artifacts from previous churches dating back to the 1850s. View an exhibit of vestments and sacred vessels.
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Columbus Community Centre

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3265 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1859
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Columbus Community Centre was designated in 2011. Its origins go back to 1859 when it was the East Whitby Township Hall. Come and explore the building, historical displays of Columbus, a commemorative 150th anniversary video, and artifacts from recently lost properties, including Windfields Farm – once part of East Whitby Township.
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Columbus United Church

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3285 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1873
Architect: J.P. Johnston
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
The Columbus United Church is a historical landmark in the Village of Columbus. The church is beautiful in its design, with its exterior dressed in red brick with white and cream dressings. It is strengthened and ornamented with buttresses and a chase spire that rises to the height of approximately 125 feet (38 metres).
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Cowan House

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39 Athol Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1858
Style: Georgian
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cowan House, built in 1848, is a Georgian-style dwelling with Italianate properties – seen in the bracketed eaves and portico elements. It was home to businessman and Mayor W.F. Cowan and his family. Today, it serves as offices and meeting rooms for St. George's Memorial Church.
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Intrepid Park, Camp X

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Boundary Road just south of Wentworth Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1941
Architect: Canadian Corps of Engineers
Landscape type: Landscape
Saturday: tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Join renowned author Lynn Phillip Hodgson for a tour of Camp X, the former top-secret Second World War spy training school. Meet at the monument in Intrepid Park to explore the remains of the camp, strategically located by the Lake Ontario shore.
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Ontario Regiment Museum

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1000 Stevenson Road North (Airport South Field)
Oshawa, Ontario
Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This museum is a historical summary of the military heritage of the Ontario Regiment, one of Canada's oldest continuing armoured regiments. The display includes uniforms, medals, arms and photos and a collection of historical vehicles with over 80 operational military jeeps, carriers, trucks and tanks. Some restrictions apply.
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Oshawa City Hall

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50 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-3311, ext. 2945
Year built: 1952
Architect: Hanks & Irwin Architects (original); Pentland, Baker & Polson Architects (civic square, 1967); Barry Bryant & Associates (renovations, 2009-10)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oshawa City Hall originally stood at the corner of Simcoe and Richmond streets and was later rebuilt in its current location in 1952. Rundle Tower and the Council Chamber were added in 1967. In 2009-10, the building underwent renovations, including the demolition and reconstruction of the Council Chamber.
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Oshawa Community Museum

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1450 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-7624
Year built: c. 1840
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This museum comprises Guy House, Henry House and Robinson House, all designated buildings. Located in Lakeview Park, they stand on original foundations, representing different architectural styles. The museum and archives provide visitors with a good understanding of the lives of Oshawa's early inhabitants. In 2014, the focus will be on Henry House with items from the Thomas Henry Correspondence Collection.
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Oshawa Masonic Temple

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91 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-433-1911
Year built: 1928
Architect: C.C. Stenhouse
Style: Art deco
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Constructed in the art deco style and shrouded in symbolism, this building is now home to four lodges and two concordant bodies. This Doors Open event is a unique chance to view the lodge room and library.
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Portraits by GoGuen

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191 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-435-0976
Year built: c. 1900
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An excellent example of adaptive reuse, this delightful Second Empire house was built as a residence around 1900 and now serves as an artist’s studio and gallery. Many of the home’s original features have been restored, and the property includes a secret garden.
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Regent Theatre

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44-52 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-721-3399
Year built: 1919
Architect: John McNee Jeffrey
Style: Georgian
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Regent Theatre was designated in 2001. Its façade, built in 1919 for Famous Players theatres, has Georgian architectural lines. One of the town’s few remaining examples of this classically inspired style, the building reopened in 2010 as a lecture theatre for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, as well as for community and cultural events.
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Robert McLaughlin Gallery, The

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72 Queen Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-576-3000
Year built: 1969 with a 1987 Erickson addition
Architect: Arthur Erickson
Building type: Museum
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery was built in 1969 as a square, stone, modernist structure. It was expanded in 1987 by architect Arthur Erickson, who built around the existing structure, incorporating the original stone façade into the dramatic lobby, which is flooded with natural light, skylights and soaring ceilings.
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St. George the Great Martyr Ukrainian Catholic Church

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597 Albert Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1955
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This church’s green copper domes rise above the skyline, creating a landmark for all travellers on Highway 401. Built in 1955 in the heart of Old Oshawa, this impressive place of worship is the spiritual home for the area’s Ukrainian Catholics. In 2012, they celebrated the 100th anniversary of the parish in Oshawa. The original church stood across the road.
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St. George's Memorial Church

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51 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1924
Architect: Eden Smith; Parish Hall designed by Forsey Page & Steele
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. George's opened in 1924 – the same year Oshawa became a city. Constructed of Credit Valley sandstone in the Gothic-revival style, designer Eden Smith considered this to be his finest work. The buttresses and Gothic tracery are noteworthy; the tower supports a 15-bell carillon. The Parish Hall was a later addition. Join us for an organ concert during Doors Open.
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St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church

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31 Bloor Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1950
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox parish was founded in 1935. The parishioners purchased the building that is now the parish hall, which was used for both worship and social functions. The present church was built in 1950 in Ukrainian Byzantine style. St. John’s is known for its beautiful carved-wood icon screen and its iconography.
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Simcoe Street United Church

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66 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1867-68
Architect: Gundy & Langley
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in the year of Confederation for a Methodist congregation, this church is a fine example of the Gothic revival style. Lancet-arched openings and a polygonal spire with pinnacles and dormers embellish the exterior. A Casavant organ, ornamental timber arches 36 feet (11 metres) high and a pressed-tin ceiling dominate the interior.
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Thornton-Dundee Community Centre

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210 Thornton Road North
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1879
Architect: Hiram Robert Barber
Style: Second Empire
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oshawa's oldest remaining schoolhouse, Union School No. 5, operated here until 1954. Second Empire in style, it is richly decorated with dichromatic brick, large wooden brackets and double chimneys with an oculus design. H.R. Barber was an Oshawa architect who designed and built many buildings in and around Oshawa from 1865 to 1884.
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Union Cemetery

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760 King Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1837
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Many famous people from Oshawa's and Canada's past are interred in what was then known as Thornton's Burying Ground. Today, the site covers 29 acres and includes private mausoleums and a Gothic revival chapel. The mausoleum was built in 1924 and features an ornate marble interior and hand-painted stained-glass windows.