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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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Guided tours available
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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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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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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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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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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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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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.