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Aurora

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Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for the 15th annual Doors Open Aurora event!

This community-based celebration showcases the town's built and natural heritage for residents and visitors alike. Since Doors Open Aurora began, more than 36,000 site visits have been recorded to some of the community's most notable and significant historical buildings, cultural landmarks and natural sites.

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Community information

The Town of Aurora is a growing community in the heart of Canada’s economic core: the Greater Toronto Area. Offering urban amenities and a small-town feel, Aurora has a diverse economy, a well-educated and skilled workforce and excellent transportation connections.

Aurora is home to over 1,700 businesses – including corporate head offices, large multinational corporations and a growing number of small and medium-sized enterprises. Our location at the edge of the environmentally significant Oak Ridges Moraine with its extensive parks and trails system add scenic beauty to this diverse community.

To learn more about the Town of Aurora, visit our website.

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Become a volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering for Doors Open Aurora 2020, contact Planning and Development Services at 905-727-3123, ext. 4226, or email them at planning@aurora.ca.

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-727-3123, ext. 4349
Email: planning@aurora.ca
Website: www.aurora.ca/Thingstodo/Pages/Doors-Open-Aurora.aspx

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Aurora Public Library Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Public Library

Public library service in Aurora began in 1855 with the formation of the Aurora Association for the Diffusion of Helpful Knowledge, later called the Aurora Mechanics’ Institute and Library Association. From these early organizations emerged the Aurora Public Library, now a busy, architecturally modern community hub in the heart of historical Aurora.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

15145 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-9493
www.library.aurora.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2001
Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 15, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aurora Readiness Centre (Bunker - Former Cold War Emergency Control Headquarters for Metro Toronto) Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Readiness Centre (Bunker - Former Cold War Emergency Control Headquarters for Metro Toronto)

Established by Metropolitan Toronto in 1962 following the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Aurora Readiness Centre was located beneath a circa 1875 farmhouse, now a private home. The centre was to be used to coordinate emergency services in the event of a nuclear attack on Toronto. During Doors Open, only the operations room will be open for viewing.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

220 Old Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Email: planning@aurora.ca

Architecture

Year built: Readiness Centre, 1962; original farmhouse, c. 1875
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 15, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillary House and Koffler Museum of Medicine Doors Open Aurora

Hillary House and Koffler Museum of Medicine

Hillary House – home of the Koffler Museum of Medicine and the Aurora Historical Society – is a treasured piece of Aurora’s history. It is recognized as one of Canada's best examples of Gothic revival architecture. The museum contains a significant collection of medical instruments, books, papers and furnishings. Hillary House was declared a National Historic Site in 1975.

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

Contact info

15372 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-8991
http://aurorahs.com

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Architect: Henry Harris
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 15, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillary House Barn Doors Open Aurora

Hillary House Barn

Constructed in 1862, Hillary House Barn stored Dr. Hillary's horses and sleigh. This wood-framed barn, with bargeboard trim and three-over-three sash windows, is one of the best preserved in Aurora. Explore the original horse stalls and see the sleigh that Dr. Hillary used to visit his patients.

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Contact info

15372 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-8991
Email: erika.mazanik@aurorahs.com
http://aurorahs.com

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 15, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Patrick House Art Studio & Gallery, The Doors Open Aurora

Patrick House Art Studio & Gallery, The

This charming board-and-batten Georgian cottage has had many owners over the years – including John Bowser, who supervised the construction of New York’s Empire State Building. Many of the building's original features have been carefully restored, including coffered ceilings and plank floors. Today, the house features a private art gallery, showcasing the work of local artists.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

58 Temperance Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 416-220-2127
www.thepatrickhouse.com

Architecture

Year built: c. 1860
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 15, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Petch Log House Doors Open Aurora

Petch Log House
This log cabin belonged to the Petch family, who emigrated in 1818 from Yorkshire, England. The restoration, incorporating materials from the original construction, began in 2011. A rare example of early European residential construction methods brought to Canada in the early 19th century, this house offers a glimpse into the daily life of one of the town’s first Euro-Canadian families.

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

86 John West Way
Aurora, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: c. 1844
Architectural style: Log structure

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 15, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rising Sun Masonic Lodge Doors Open Aurora

Rising Sun Masonic Lodge

This Gothic revival-style building was the King Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The church was purchased by the Rising Sun Masons in 1885. The building features a fantastic interior, which will be prepared for Doors Open visitors as it would be for a formal Masons’ meeting.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

57 Mosley Street
Aurora, Ontario
www.yorkdistrict.ca/aurora2.htm

Architecture

Year built: 1865
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 15, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Theatre Aurora Doors Open Aurora

Theatre Aurora

Theatre Aurora offers visitors an opportunity to experience the stage in front of and behind its curtains. You will be surprised to learn that this 154-seat theatre was originally a cement factory, built in 1955 to produce concrete blocks for the booming construction industry of post-war Aurora and area.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

150 Henderson Drive
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-3669
www.theatreaurora.com

Architecture

Year built: 1955
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 15, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.