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May 07, 2016

Doors Open Peterborough: Our Past, Our Future . . . Our Legacy

Celebrating heritage and sustainability

Peterborough’s stories, traditions and activities express our heritage daily. The people of Peterborough are proud of the creative ways in which they are preserving their past by re-imagining and adapting heritage buildings for current and future use. Their actions encourage the sustainable growth of the local economy and responsible stewardship of the city’s environmental and cultural resources.

Doors Open is a free day of fun for people of all ages. Join us on May 7 to visit an exciting mix of sites that celebrate and explore the role of heritage in building sustainable communities.

See you there!

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Peterborough is a city rich in history. From origins as an aboriginal encampment at the base of rapids along the Otonabee River to becoming a major industrial centre, Peterborough enjoys a diverse and fascinating heritage. Cultural sites in the area include everything from rare petroglyphs and First Nations burial mounds to the world's highest hydraulic lift lock.

The city boasts several national historic sites and hundreds of significant historical properties. In 2011, Peterborough was awarded both the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership and the Prince of Wales Prize. Peterborough is rich in music and has an arts and performance scene that is nationally recognized.

According to the latest cultural mapping exercise, the city is home to:
  • 42 heritage, education and umbrella organizations
  • 142 arts and cultural organizations
  •  hundreds of professional cultural workers – many with provincial, national and international reputations
  • over 350 local businesses relating to cultural activity
There is not a single individual in our community who is not touched by our local arts, culture and heritage sector in some way on a daily basis.

To learn more about our vibrant cultural scene, visit our website.

  

Doors Open Peterborough is always looking for volunteers to join our event team!

If you are interested in volunteering for Doors Open Peterborough, please email doorsopen@peterborough.ca or call 705-742-7777, ext. 1491.

We look forward to working with you!

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280 Perry Street

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
280 Perry Street and 275 Rink Street (parking available off both streets)
Peterborough, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This site was home to the Lundy Shovel and Tool Company in the early 1900s and later to the Canadian Raybestos Company. Discover five of the unique businesses currently operating here: Circle Kung Fu & Tai Chi, Hank to Hendrix Guitar Co., Hickory Lane Kitchens, Peterborough Fencing (Multi-Sport) Club and Rock and Rope Climbing Centre. Wear close-toed shoes.
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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Camp Kawartha Environment Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2505 Pioneer Road
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-652-3860
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Camp Kawartha Environment Centre features one of Canada’s most sustainable buildings. Through its community partnerships, the centre provides programming on 81 hectares (200 acres) of Trent University’s sanctuary lands. Come and explore the centre’s straw-bale walls, living green roof and wetland water-treatment centre, and learn more about sustainable living. Family-friendly activities will occur throughout the day.
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Kid-friendly

Circle Kung Fu and Tai Chi

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
280 Perry Street, Unit 8
Peterborough, Ontario
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Master Craig Stephens has been training and teaching his students in the art of kung fu and tai chi for 25 years. Visitors will learn about the benefits of practising martial arts through a number of demonstrations and workshops in this unique, adapted space.
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Guided tours available

Hank to Hendrix Guitar Co.

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
280 Perry Street, Unit 11
Peterborough, Ontario
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wayne O’Connor and Royden Moran established Hank to Hendrix in 1996. It’s the only full-service stringed instrument and amplifier repair shop in the area, and also sells custom-designed and -built acoustic and electric guitars. Its broad customer base includes musicians from bands like Blue Rodeo and Three Days Grace. Visit the workshop and learn all about making and repairing guitars.
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Hickory Lane Kitchens

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
280 Perry Street, Unit 9
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-742-7782
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Now home to Hickory Lane Kitchens, this space formerly served as the main office for the Raybestos company. Check out the intact vault and the exposed mill roof construction while exploring this space – creatively adapted for the design, manufacture and display of custom kitchens.
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Partial wheelchair access
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Guided tours available

Mount Community Centre, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1545 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-875-5095
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours at 10 and 11 a.m. and at Noon
The Sisters of St. Joseph purchased this property – originally a farmhouse – in 1894 to serve as the first convent motherhouse in Peterborough. The site is being repurposed as The Mount Community Centre, a community hub. Come and explore the beautiful grounds and take a guided tour. Visitors must pre-register for tours by contacting andi@themountpeterborough.ca. Limit of 15 people per tour.
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Full wheelchair access
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Self-guided tours available

Peterborough Chamber of Commerce

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
175 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-748-9771
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Travel back in time to 1884 and marvel at an era when people relied on and valued railway transportation. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, this carefully restored building retains many original interior and exterior architectural features, and holds many stories about Peterborough’s railway history. See the solar panels on the roof – installed to promote a greener Peterborough.
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Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly

Peterborough Fencing (Multi-Sport) Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
275 Rink Street, Unit 14
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-775-5095
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The experts at this club can teach you the skills to master various sports, including fencing, archery and jiu-jitsu. The club has been operating in this renovated space since 2012 and offers lessons for people of all ages and skill levels. Demonstration classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and “Try It Yourself” sessions from 2:15 to 4 p.m.
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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Peterborough Museum and Archives

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
300 Hunter Street East (Museum Drive)
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-743-5180
Year built: 1967
Architect: Eberhard Zeidler
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Peterborough Museum and Archives, opened in 1967 as a centennial project, preserves the community’s heritage through its safekeeping of artifacts, photographs and archival material. The latest exhibit focuses on Peterborough’s architecture and was designed by the students in the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College. Learn how to research the history of your home at the archives.
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Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Peterborough Paramedics Headquarters

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
310 Armour Road
Peterborough, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Originally part of Fisher Gauge Ltd., Peterborough’s primary casting machine factory, this building was repurposed in 2007 and now serves as the headquarters for Peterborough Paramedics. Come for a visit and explore the ambulance bay, training lab and main storage room.
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Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Peterborough Theatre Guild

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
364 Rogers Street
Peterborough, Ontario
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Peterborough Theatre Guild has been providing area residents with live entertainment since 1965. Following a fire in 1959 at what was then St. Luke’s Anglican Church, local arts supporters purchased the building and converted it to its current use as a vibrant community theatre. Come for a behind-the-scenes tour and demonstrations!
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Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly

Rock and Rope Climbing Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
280 Perry Street, Unit 16
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-745-2333
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This space originally served as the boiler room for the Raybestos company and has been repurposed as a family-friendly climbing centre, offering a variety of climbing adventures. If you think sustainability rocks, check out this facility to view a demonstration and talk with the expert staff about arranging your own future climbing adventure.
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Guided tours available

Sacred Heart Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
208 Romaine Street
Peterborough, Ontario
Year built: 1909
Architect: John Belcher
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Designed by renowned architect John Belcher in the Romanesque style, Sacred Heart opened in November 1909. The Royal Canadian College of Organists designated the church’s Casavant pipe organ as historically significant in 2014. Visit Sacred Heart to learn about its beautiful architectural features and 100-year-plus history in the community. You might even hear the organ!
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Partial wheelchair access
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Sacred Heart of Peterborough

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
208 Romaine Street
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-745-5549
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
While visiting Sacred Heart Church, check out the rectory next door to learn about one of the city’s newest post-secondary teaching, learning and research institutions. Committed to the values of critical thinking, the creative expression of ideas and active participation in society, Sacred Heart embraces and seeks to reflect the Catholic tradition of learning the liberal arts.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Sherbrooke Transformer Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
241 Sherbrooke Street (parking available off Bethune Street)
Peterborough, Ontario
Year built: 1924
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Hydro Electric Power Commission designed this station for the Peterborough Utilities Commission. The station opened in 1924, once provided electricity to all of downtown Peterborough, and continues to operate today. Come and learn about its current role in transmitting power to the city. You might even be able to take a ride in a bucket truck! Wear closed-toed shoes.
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Showplace Performance Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
290 George Street North (street parking available nearby)
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-742-7469
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Formerly the Odeon Theatre, Showplace Performance Centre continues the performing arts tradition in downtown Peterborough. Since 1996, it has provided opportunities for local and touring artists to perform for the community. Showplace sets the stage for a memorable performance, whether it’s a musical, drama or comedy. Take a behind-the-scenes tour and enjoy live music while exploring the site.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Sustainable Agriculture Experimental Farm

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Enter at 484 9th Line off Pioneer Road; parking on 9th Line
Peterborough, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Begun by Dr. Mehdi Sharifi, the farm project encourages students to be a part of sustainable food production. The 13-hectare (33-acre) outdoor classroom challenges people to think about where their food comes from. Come and learn about what will be planted and harvested at the farm this year. Learn more about the program here.