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September 30, 2017

The Stonetown is an apt moniker for St. Marys, as it is filled with architecture featuring locally quarried limestone.

These stone buildings reveal much about the town’s history and development.

We invite you to explore the buildings of St. Marys during Doors Open 2017.  Visit the information tent on Queen Street in front of the Town Hall to pick up your local event map, community information or to have your questions answered.

Linger a little longer in St. Marys!

St. Marys is located 45 minutes northeast of London and 90 minutes west of Toronto. From Stratford, travel southwest on Highway 7 to Wildwood Conservation Area and take the Perth Line 9 exit to Queen Street.

From stunning architecture to picturesque vistas, St. Marys has a special character all of its own. Explore our historically rich community with its distinctive 19th- and 20th-century landscapes, buildings and streetscapes and lose yourself in the heritage of this small town.

If you'd like to volunteer with Doors Open St. Marys 2015, contact us at museum@town.stmarys.on.ca.

Parking
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

St. Marys Junction Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
480 Glass Street
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3556
Year built: 1858
Building type: Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This station, built by the Grand Trunk Railway in 1858, served the community for almost a century. A teenaged Thomas Edison may have worked here as a night telegraph operator from 1863 to 1864. The station, now owned by the Town of St. Marys, is opened to visitors on special occasions.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

St. Marys Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
177 Church Street South
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3556
Year built: 1854
Architect: Robert Barbour
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When George Tracy – one of St. Marys' earliest settlers – built this house for his family in 1854, it was the largest residence in the area. The neighbourhood park surrounding the building today is what remains of the extensive grounds of this "Castle in the Bush." A fine example of domestic limestone construction, it has been a museum since 1959.

Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

St. Marys Town Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
175 Queen Street East
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-2340
Year built: 1892
Architect: G.W. Gouinlock
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A replacement for an earlier municipal building destroyed by fire in 1890, this town hall was designed by Toronto architect G.W. Gouinlock and built in 1892 using St. Marys limestone with contrasting sandstone accents. Still the administrative centre of the town, the building contains council chambers, municipal offices and a public gallery.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

St. Marys Train Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5 James Street North
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 1-800-769-7668
Year built: 1907
Architect: E. Chandler, Stratford
Building type: Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Constructed in 1907 for the Grand Trunk Railway, this station was purchased by the town and refurbished in 1988. Still functioning as a station for VIA Rail passengers, the building is also home to St. Marys Tourism Information Centre.