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September 30, 2017

Celebrate our history | Visit our cultural treasures

Doors Open Oshawa gives the public a chance to explore the historical architecture and fascinating sites found throughout the city. Spend a day discovering local history first-hand during our 14th year. Held in conjunction with Culture Days, honouring many community milestones and in celebration of Canada's 150th, our theme this year is Our Identity.

Come see what makes Oshawa unique!

Not only are we celebrating Canada's 150th, but also:

Simcoe Street United Church’s 200th anniversary
Parkwood Estate’s 100th anniversary
Oshawa Historical Society’s 60th anniversary
Ontario Philharmonic’s 60th anniversary
Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s 50th anniversary
Durham College’s 50th anniversary

Visit www.oshawa.ca/volunteer for more information on how to become a Doors Open Oshawa volunteer.

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Canadian Automotive Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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, this museum showcases the development of the automobile with approximately 76 vehicles dating from 1902 to 1988, as well as other items relating to these historical cars. The building has its original freight elevator. During Doors Open, visit the gift shop, and enjoy family crafts and guided tours.
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Guided tours available

Cowan House

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39 Athol Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: c. 1858
Style: Georgian
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cowan House, built in circa 1858, 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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Ontario 150

Islamic Centre of Oshawa

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23 Lloyd Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 289-200-6070
Year built: 2012
Architect: Array International Architects
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This first mosque built in Oshawa is reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire. Islamic history is rich in advances in the medical sciences and innovation field, which will be highlighted in a display. Ornamental crescent moons enhance both the main prayer hall dome and the dome atop the minaret. Guided tours and free refreshments available. Please respect any dress code.
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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.
The Ontario Regiment Museum is unique in that it is home to Canada’s largest collection of operational historical military vehicles. It also houses a large artifact collection that details the rich military history of Oshawa, Whitby and Durham Region. Vehicle demonstrations will take place throughout the day.
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Oshawa City Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
50 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-3311
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 4 p.m.
Oshawa City Hall originally stood at the corner of Simcoe and Richmond streets; it was rebuilt in its current location in 1952. In 2009-10, the building underwent renovations, including the demolition and reconstruction of the Council Chamber. This year, the Council Chamber will be open for guided tours.
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Oshawa Masonic Temple

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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 opportunity to view the Lodge Room, as well as the anteroom, hall and library – and learn more about symbolic Masonic imagery.
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National Historic Site (Canada)

Parkwood, The R.S. McLaughlin Estate

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270 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-433-4311
Year built: 1915
Architect: Darling & Pearson, Dunington-Grubb and John Lyle
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This grand 12-acre estate, built for auto baron R. Samuel McLaughlin, represents the lifestyle of one of Canada's most prominent families in the early 20th century. Designed by leading architects and landscape designers, the site features four teahouses, spectacular water gardens and a Classic Revival 55-room mansion.

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Pine Ridge Model Train Club

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32 Wilson Road North
Oshawa, Ontario
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Pine Ridge Model Railroaders began in 1969 when a group of General Motors workers, retired railroad employees and interested individuals started the Oshawa Model Railroad Club. Despite a few name changes, the club continues to attract people with an interest in model trains. The club incorporates many aspects of cultural significance in miniature – architecture, landscape, art and transportation.
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Robert McLaughlin Gallery, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
72 Queen Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-576-3000
Year built: 1969; Erickson addition 1987
Architect: Arthur Erickson
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This gallery, the largest in Durham Region, occupies a 3,345-square-metre (36,000-square-foot) building designed by well-known Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Renowned for his love of natural light and materials, Erikson flooded the lobby with natural light via skylights in the soaring ceilings. Enjoy the permanent collection, juried art exhibition, historical photos, artist-led hands-on activities for all ages and distinctive gift shop.
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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

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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. Designer Eden Smith considered this Gothic revival-style church, constructed of Credit Valley sandstone, his finest work. The buttresses and Gothic tracery are noteworthy; the tower supports a 15-bell carillon. The parish hall was added later. Drop in for a chiming concert at noon and organ concert at 2:30.
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Simcoe Hall Settlement House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
387 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-728-7525
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Begun in 1935 by the Woman's Welfare League, Simcoe Hall Settlement House was designed to help people in the community who were struggling. Prominent Oshawa businessman Charles Robson donated his home and property for this endeavour. In 1950, an addition was built to extend programming space. Tours will be available throughout the day, and archival photos will be on display.
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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 11 metres (36 feet) high and a pressed-tin ceiling dominate the interior.
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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.