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Digital Doors Open Guelph - D.O.G. Tales

Doors Open Guelph moves online this year, celebrating Guelph’s finest buildings, creative spaces and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases and celebrates Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as its great resources, businesses and creative hubs. This year, Doors Open Guelph will take the form of five-minute tour videos highlighting the unique stories that each featured site has to tell. Digital tours will be released on guelphartsevents.com weekly from August 25 to September 30, ending with a bonus video in the last full week of the program.

Add these tours to your schedule just like you would if it were in-person. Carve out some time, get your family together or organize a socially-distanced gathering and cozy up for story time. Visit some of your favourite places, learn a new thing or two, and listen to the stories - all from the comfort of your own home!

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Bisson Dentistry Doors Open Guelph

Bisson Dentistry

This John Hall-designed house (now a dental office) – built in 1874 of red brick with white quoins – has an elaborate outer door with beautiful glass, a miniature hallway, an impressive inner door (trademarks of Hall’s designs), and original crown moulding, ceiling medallions and fireplaces. The ornate curved staircase leads to the recently renovated upper level. Visit guelphartsevents.com to listen, watch and learn about Bisson Dentistry.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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199 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario
https://dentalsolutions.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1874
Architect: John Hall
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Commercial, Health-care facility, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Tuesday August 25 – Wednesday September 30, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Gryphon Football Pavilion Doors Open Guelph

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Gryphon Football Pavilion

Home to the Gryphon Football team, this pavilion is a stunning modern building designed for the players’ training, education and leisure. It features original art, intriguing graphics, outstanding training facilities and a unique locker room, all sporting the red and black team colours. Large viewing areas open onto the redesigned field. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about the Gryphon Football Pavilion.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

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15 Lang Way, University of Guelph
Guelph , Ontario
www.gryphonfootball.com

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Architect: Ayesha Moghal
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Educational facility
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Tuesday September 8 – Wednesday September 30, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Hammond Museum of Radio Doors Open Guelph

Hammond Museum of Radio

Established in 1982 by Fred Hammond, one of the founding members of Guelph’s Hammond Manufacturing, this museum houses an extensive collection of rare and historically significant pieces. The 2,000-plus items exhibited here illustrate the development of radio throughout the past 100 years. Included are crystal radios, early tabletop and broadcast pieces, early wireless sets, military and amateur radio equipment. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about the Hammond Museum of Radio.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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595 Southgate Drive
Guelph, Ontario
www.hammondmuseumofradio.org

Architecture

Year built: 1982
Architect: Hammond Power
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Tuesday August 25 – Wednesday September 30, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Hope House and Lakeside Downtown Doors Open Guelph

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Hope House and Lakeside Downtown

Guelph’s oldest stone church – built in 1855 – became the Norfolk Street United Church when the United Church was formed in 1925. People worshipped here until it was sold to Lakeside Church in 2012. Today, Hope House operates out of this church, offering a food market, clothing bureau and café to help those in need in Guelph’s downtown core. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about Hope House and Lakeside Downtown (coming September 24).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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75 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario
https://lakesidehopehouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Architect: John Hall Jr.
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Italianate
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Thursday September 24 – Wednesday September 30, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

President’s House Doors Open Guelph

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President’s House

Built in 1882 by local stone masons on the current site of Creelman Hall, this house was the University of Guelph president’s residence from 1928-2003. In 1912, the house was jacked up and moved across College Avenue to make way for Creelman Hall. Now used for entertaining, it contains an outstanding collection of furniture and Canadian art. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about the President's House.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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100 College Avenue East
Guelph, Ontario
www.uoguelph.ca/campus/map/presidents

Architecture

Year built: 1882
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Tuesday September 15 – Wednesday September 30, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

The Junction Doors Open Guelph

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The Junction

This mixed-use development sits on a site that’s important to Guelph’s railway history. The former Canadian National Rail warehouse is now a stunning showroom for Granite Homes and its Design Studio, along with serviced offices. A second building was constructed to echo its style and is home to innovative services offices and Home Group Realty. All buildings feature unique railway décor and art to reflect the site’s heritage. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about The Junction.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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5-7-9 Edinburgh Road South
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Architect: Granite Homes
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Tuesday September 29 – Wednesday September 30, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

The Rectory and Catholic Hill Doors Open Guelph

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The Rectory and Catholic Hill

The restoration of this rectory, built in 1852, surprised the community with its rendered stone exterior instead of the expected limestone walls. It now contains residences for the priests and a new office. Online visitors will experience a guided walk around the rectory and the rest of Catholic Hill to hear the stories of Guelph’s most prominent landscape and buildings. Visit guelphartsevents.com to listen, watch and learn about The Rectory and Catholic Hill.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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28 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Building type: Place of worship, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Tuesday September 1 – Wednesday September 30, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph