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Aurora

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Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for the 13th annual Doors Open Aurora! Doors Open is a fun and popular community event that opens doors to places of architectural, cultural, historical or natural significance once a year – for free!

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Located within the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Aurora (formerly known as Machell's Corners) was first settled in the early 1800s by Richard Machell.

Aurora's charm is reflected in the beautiful buildings located within its historical core. Doors Open Aurora features historical buildings, local history, local arts and culture.

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Thank you to our wonderful volunteers! We couldn’t do it without you.

If you would like to volunteer for Doors Open Aurora 2018, please email planning@aurora.ca.

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Telephone: 905-727-3123, ext. 4226
Email: planning@aurora.ca

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15 sites found

Aurora Farmers' Market and Artisan Fair Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Farmers' Market and Artisan Fair

The Aurora Farmers’ Market is the Doors Open Aurora headquarters. Drop by and pick up maps and brochures for participating sites. The market is a traditional community market with more than 30 vendors, featuring fresh local produce, seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, jams, arts and crafts, and handmade jewelry.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

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Town Park (Wells and Mosley streets)
Aurora, Ontario
www.theaurorafarmersmarket.com

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Food and drink
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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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 18, 2018
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 is open for viewing.

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  • Self-guided tours available

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220 Old Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Church Street School Doors Open Aurora

Church Street School

The Church Street School is home to both the Aurora Cultural Centre and the Aurora Museum. During Doors Open, discover Aurora through the new app, On This Spot, which comes to life at 11 a.m. with local historian David Heard. At 1 p.m., meet artist Rebecca Last for the opening of her new exhibition, Cassandra's garden: Tracing shifted ground.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-713-1818
www.auroraculturalcentre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1885-86
Architect: Thomas Kennedy
Architectural style: Victorian

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
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

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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 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillary House Barn Doors Open Aurora

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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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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 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Merlin's Hollow Doors Open Aurora

Merlin's Hollow

This site – featuring four unique gardens, including a rock and water garden – has been featured on CBC and HGTV, and in programs on local television stations. Over 1,500 species of plants and flowers, and countless insects, live here. Horticulturalists and photographers alike will delight in the garden sculptures, flowers in full bloom and impressive array of vibrant colours.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

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181 Centre Crescent
Aurora, Ontario

Architecture

Architect: David Tomlinson
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
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 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pine Orchard Quaker Meeting House Doors Open Aurora

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Pine Orchard Quaker Meeting House

Built in the c. 1820s in Whitchurch-Stouffville, the Pine Orchard Quaker Meeting House was in use from 1814 to 1944. In December 1945, the building was moved to its present location for use by the Aurora Gospel Tabernacle, after which time the building became home to a lighting store. Currently, MaMi's Bakery operates on the premises.

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15114 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 416-559-9564
Email: juliaslavinskiy@gmail.com
www.mamisbakery.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1820
Building type: Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
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 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scarborough Model Railroaders at the Church Street School Doors Open Aurora

Scarborough Model Railroaders at the Church Street School

Join us at the Church Street School and enjoy a model railroad display by the Scarborough Model Railroaders – Toronto’s only dual-scale model railway club (formed in 1962). The trains in this HO-scale (1:87) exhibit represent the type of activity you might have seen in southern Ontario in the late 1950s, when the last steam locomotives operated.

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

Contact info

22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario
www.scarborough-model-railroaders.org

Architecture

Year built: 1885-86
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Museum, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
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 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trinity Anglican Church Doors Open Aurora

Trinity Anglican Church

Built in 1884, Trinity Anglican church is the best example of Gothic revival church architecture in Aurora. Outstanding features include: elaborately detailed dormers, stained-glass windows and stencilled ceiling and walls. The new sanctuary was completed in 2001. Explore the rich history of this parish, which has existed on this site since 1846.

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

Contact info

79 Victoria Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-6106
www.trinityaurora.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1884
Architect: Marshall B. Aylesworth
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Victoria Hall Doors Open Aurora

Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall, originally built for the local Disciples of Christ Congregation, became the Aurora Public School in 1922 and then, from 1945 to 1963, it served as Aurora's public library. More recently, the hall has been used as a rental space. During Doors Open, Victoria Hall will feature artists from the 2018 Aurora Artists Studio Tour.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

27 Mosley Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-1447
Email: deborah.campoart@sympatico.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.