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Hamilton

Event information

Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You are invited to Doors Open Hamilton’s 16th annual event!

Thirty of Hamilton’s oldest, unique and changing spaces will be open thanks to generous owners/managers!

Featured this year are sites in the North End Neighbourhood where Hamilton’s West Harbour waterfront is in the midst of transformational change. Visit 13 new sites and find parrots, a joiner (woodworking), churches that grew, an Inukshuk, Queen Victoria’s permission to use the word “royal,” and one of Hamilton’s first knitting mills. Explore new uses in old and not-so-old buildings, see green buildings and unique spaces that are rarely open to the public, and learn how some Hamilton spaces and landscapes have evolved over the years.

Check the individual site listings carefully for the days and times that each site is open and note any special requirements for access. Unfortunately during Doors Open Hamilton, buses/motor coaches and television/film crews may not be able to visit sites without making prior arrangements. Please contact the site directly.

Organized by the Architectural Conservancy Ontario Hamilton Region Branch.

Also plan to participate in our sister event – Jane’s Walk Hamilton.

Save the date for Doors Open Hamilton 2019 – May 4 and 5!

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Community information

Doors Open Hamilton is organized by the Architectural Conservancy Ontario Hamilton Region Branch.

Also plan to participate in our sister event – Jane’s Walk Hamilton.

For more information about Hamilton, visit our website.

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If you would like to volunteer for Doors Open Hamilton, contact us at info@doorsopenhamilton.ca.

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30 sites found

Aviary, The Doors Open Hamilton

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Aviary, The

The Aviary – founded in 1927 at Dundurn Castle – was relocated in 1996 to the Fieldhouse of the Royal Botanical Gardens’ former teaching gardens. The Friends of the Aviary will introduce you to Hamilton’s lively, colourful parrots – each with its own personality, story and place on this planet. Learn about their care and environmental plight.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

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85 Oak Knoll Drive (in Churchill Gardens)
Hamilton, Ontario
www.fortheloveofbirds.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1947; 1980 (greenhouse); 1996 (outdoor flight areas)
Architect: Hugh D. Robertson
Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.; guided tours hourly from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; meet a parrot at 2 p.m.

Cable 14 - TV Hamilton Ltd. Doors Open Hamilton

Cable 14 - TV Hamilton Ltd.

Cable 14 – a local specialty channel serving the greater Hamilton area – is the only independent community programming network designated in Canada. See their state-of-the-art television equipment and learn how television is made. Observe a live production, get a chance to be on television asking your questions to provincial election candidates, enter draws to win a prize, and more!

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

Contact info

150 Dundurn Street South (Main and Dundurn streets)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-523-1414
www.cable14.com

Architecture

Year built: 1971; 1982 (adaptive reuse)
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday May 6, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cannon Knitting Mills Doors Open Hamilton

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Cannon Knitting Mills

Cannon Knitting Mills – one of Hamilton’s few surviving industrial complexes – started as a foundry and became the Chipman-Holton Knitting Company in 1902, one of Hamilton’s first knitting mills. Tour the former textile production spaces that will be adaptively reused as the Beasley Park Lofts – a restaurant, boutique hotel and residential condominiums complex.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

134 Mary Street (off Wilson Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
https://stinsonproperties.com/project/beasley-park-lofts-2

Architecture

Year built: 1854 (original foundry); 1856; c. 1910 (additions); 1911-22 (additions)
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cardus Doors Open Hamilton

Cardus
Visit the head office of Cardus – a nonpartisan think tank and registered charity dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture – located in a former industrial building. View archival building photographs and program displays. Try the Halo Calculator to estimate your city’s “halo effect.” Complimentary light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

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

Contact info

185 Young Street (at Ferguson Avenue South, main floor)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-528-8866
www.cardus.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1882; 1974 (adaptive reuse); 2012 (renovation)
Architect: Trevor Garwood-Jones (1974); Invizij Architects (2012)
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Church of Our Saviour The Redeemer, The Doors Open Hamilton

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Church of Our Saviour The Redeemer, The

This church – founded in 1876 as the Church of The Redeemer – was established in 2007 with the amalgamation of the parishes of The Redeemer and the Church of our Saviour, Stoney Creek (founded 1919). See how the 1876 church expanded in 1952, view stained-glass windows and learn the story of the Dossal tapestry. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

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

Contact info

25 Lake Avenue South
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-664-6641
www.oursaviourtheredeemer.com

Architecture

Year built: 1876; 1894 (buttresses); 1952 (addition to 1876 church); 1968 (chapel, Corman Hall and offices)
Architect: James H. Christie (1968)
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday service 9:30 to 11 a.m. (all are welcome)

Church of the Nativity Doors Open Hamilton

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Church of the Nativity

The Church of the Nativity – founded in 1878 as St. Mary’s, Bartonville – was established in 2006 with the amalgamation of the parishes of St. Mary’s and Grace Church, Hamilton (founded 1919). View the intricately carved chapel reredos – originally in the 1881 stone church – stained-glass windows, archival photographs and worship artifacts from both former parishes.

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

Contact info

1831 King Street East (at Barons Avenue)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-549-4335
www.worshipwithnativity.org

Architecture

Year built: 1880-81; 1953 (chancel renovation and nave addition); 1967 (Chapel of the Holy Family, parish hall, meeting rooms and offices)
Architect: Charles Willer Mulligan; Husband, Robertson & Wallace (1953); Charles Lenz (1967)
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday service at 10 a.m. (all are welcome)

EcoHouse (Glen Manor) Doors Open Hamilton

EcoHouse (Glen Manor)

This restored stone farmhouse, operated by Green Venture as an environmental demonstration house, is an excellent example of adaptive reuse designed by Zebroski and Associates Inc. During Doors Open Hamilton, see a unique indoor dog pen in the basement of the original farmhouse. And join us for a heritage seedling sale and seed distribution.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

22 Veevers Drive (near Greenhill Avenue and Quigley Road)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-540-8787
www.greenventure.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1851; expanded and renovated 1968; adaptive reuse 2003
Architect: James Dean; Nicolson Design Services (1968); Zebroski and Associates Inc. (2003)
Building type: Educational facility, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 30-minute guided tours both days at 1 p.m.

Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre Doors Open Hamilton

Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre

Take this rare opportunity – in a LEED Silver-certified building designed by McCallum Sather Architects – to learn how the City of Hamilton protects its drinking water. Refill your water bottle. Visitors over 9 years of age – wearing closed-toe footwear and on review and sign-off of the Laboratory Safety Form – will continue on a guided tour of the laboratory.

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

Contact info

700 Woodward Avenue (south gate entrance north of Brampton Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-2489
www.hamilton.ca/water

Architecture

Year built: 2006
Architect: McCallum Sather
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Erland Lee (Museum) Home Doors Open Hamilton

Erland Lee (Museum) Home

Explore the birthplace of the Women’s Institutes (WI), founded in 1897 for the education and empowerment of women – and home to six generations of the Lee family, spanning nearly two centuries. See where the WI constitution and bylaws were penned. View displays and a virtual tour in the carriage house. Enjoy the panoramic view from the edge of the escarpment.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

552 Ridge Road
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-662-2691
http://fwio.on.ca/erland

Architecture

Year built: 1808; 1860 (addition); 1873 renovations and carriage house addition
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday craft workshop: 10 a.m. to Noon (pre-registration required)

Eucharist Church Doors Open Hamilton

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Eucharist Church

Visit the Eucharist Church – originally known as the Victoria Avenue Baptist Church and most recently as the First Romanian Baptist Church – in its new home as they open their doors to the community. Explore the refurbished sanctuary and see the restored stained-glass windows. Tour the renovated kitchen and children’s area.

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

Contact info

130 Victoria Avenue North (at Evans Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
http://eucharistchurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883 (original church now Sabbath School); 1893 (church); 1926 (Gospel Church renovation); 1994 (fire restoration); 2017 (first phase refurbishment)
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday worship: 3 to 6 p.m. (all are welcome)

Former Hamilton Port Authority Maintenance Shed Doors Open Hamilton

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Former Hamilton Port Authority Maintenance Shed

Take this rare opportunity to tour the former maintenance shed of the Hamilton Port Authority. View displays about: the City of Hamilton’s plans to redevelop Piers 6, 7 and 8, the Hamilton Waterfront Trust’s plans for public space, and Navy League and other waterfront-related organizations. Note: Flat footwear is recommended.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1 Guise Street (enter off Discovery Drive)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-2424
www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/priority-projects/waterfront-redevelopment-west-harbour

Architecture

Year built: 1940s

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Former Veevers Estate Doors Open Hamilton

Former Veevers Estate

This garden is a remnant of the 80 hectares (200 acres) cleared by the Loyalist Thatcher family in the late 18th century. Come and explore pesticide-free community gardens, native species, pollinator gardens and more. View solar- and wind-energy generation, permeable path options and a green roof. And examine the new Chevrolet Volt at the electric vehicle charging station.

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

Contact info

22 Veevers Drive (near Greenhill Avenue and Quigley Road)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-540-8787
www.greenventure.ca

Architecture

Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 30-minute guided tours both days at 1 p.m.

Furlan Conservation Doors Open Hamilton

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Furlan Conservation

Furlan Conservation – a heritage conservation business – is located in an intact early-20th-century commercial streetscape, housing small businesses created for newcomers attracted to the east-end steel mills. Take a guided tour of the studio and workshop and learn about the restoration of wood windows, architectural paint analysis, wood types and properties.

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  • Parking
  • French services available
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

767-769 Barton Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-383-3704
www.furlanconservation.wordpress.com

Architecture

Year built: c. 1911; 1950 façade renovation
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gibson School Lofts Doors Open Hamilton

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Gibson School Lofts

The former Gibson School – named in 1914 for Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Sir John Morison Gibson (1908-14) – evolved from a one-room schoolhouse in 1854 on this site, S.S. No. 7, Barton Township. Tour the former school and see how it will be adaptively reused as the Gibson School Lofts with residential lofts, retail and live/work units.

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

601 Barton Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 289-389-1377
http://stinsonproperties.com/project/gibson-school-lofts-2

Architecture

Year built: 1910 (8 rooms); 1914 (12-room addition)
Architect: Stewart and Witton (Walter Wilson Stewart)
Building type: Historical landmark, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Green Cottage, The Doors Open Hamilton

Green Cottage, The

This semi-detached worker’s cottage has been transformed into an open-concept living space. Original structural boards and scavenged wood have been reused throughout. Sustainable features include: an “ex-sulated” exterior, solar electric and hot-water systems, a composting toilet, green roof, solar cooker, rain barrels and raised-bed gardens. Enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks. Take home a seed pack and a strawberry plant!

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

Contact info

56 Ferrie Street West (east of Bay Street)
Hamilton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: c. 1885; renovated 2004
Architect: Douglas Denton (renovations)
Building type: Green building, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hamilton GO Centre (Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Museum - TH&B) Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton GO Centre (Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Museum - TH&B)

This GO Centre is a rare example of an art moderne public building with curved forms, polished metals and machined detailing throughout. Retired staff operate the railway museum on the centre’s mezzanine level and share first-hand experiences of Hamilton’s railway history. Interpretative panels highlight the architecture and reconstruction of this landmark downtown building.

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

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36 Hunter Street East (between James Street South and Hughson Street South)
Hamilton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1933; restoration, 1995
Architect: Fellheimer & Wagner, New York; restoration, Trevor Garwood-Jones
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association (The Heart of Ontario) Doors Open Hamilton

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Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association (The Heart of Ontario)

Visit The Heart of Ontario offices and learn how we expand and enhance tourism in the County of Brant, the City of Hamilton, the Regional Municipality of Halton, the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. See the original fixtures in this art-moderne office building.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

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605 James Street North, 2nd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario
www.hamiltonhaltonbrant.com

Architecture

Year built: 1953; 1957 (6th floor)
Architect: H.E. Murton and W.G. Evans
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

Hamilton Port Authority Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton Port Authority

Explore the Hamilton Port Authority’s wonderful art moderne-style headquarters by the bay. Learn about the Port of Hamilton – the largest port in Ontario. Enjoy the panoramic harbour view from the sixth-floor boardroom. Your visit will also include: displays, the "What is a Port?" video, and a giant colouring page.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

605 James Street North (at Burlington Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-525-4330
www.hamiltonport.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1953; sixth-floor addition, 1957
Architect: H.E. Murton and W.G. Evans
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

Invizij Architects Doors Open Hamilton

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Invizij Architects

The stone cooperage – home to a variety of industries over 90 years – was converted in 1974 by Trevor Garwood-Jones into an architectural office. Visit the offices of Invizij Architects (founded in 2012), talk to members of the design team about what it is like to work for an architectural practice and learn about some of their exciting current projects.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

185 Young Street (at Ferguson Avenue South, 2nd floor)
Hamilton, Ontario
www.invizij.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1882; 1974 (adaptive reuse); 2012 (renovation)
Architect: Trevor Garwood-Jones (1974); Invizij Architects (2012)
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. only

Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage - Locke Street Office Doors Open Hamilton

Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage - Locke Street Office

Visit the Locke Street office of the Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage, originally built as the second Bank of Hamilton branch. Enter the original vestibule and tour the reception area and the bank vault(s) in this former banking hall. See the vintage clock, desks and original woodwork in one of Hamilton’s “most robbed” banks.

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Entrance at 281 Herkimer Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-529-3300
www.judymarsales.com

Architecture

Year built: 1919; mid-20th-century interior renovations; addition 1991
Architect: Gordon J. Hutton with Paul Domville; Kyles, Kyles & Garrett (addition)
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

McMaster Nuclear Reactor Doors Open Hamilton

McMaster Nuclear Reactor

Discover one of Hamilton’s most unique yet least-known industries – medical isotope research, development and production – plus more! For tours, visitors must be over 10 years of age, be comfortable in confined spaces and pre-register (government-issued identification and completion of a visitor information card is required). Note: McMaster Nuclear Reactor reserves the right of refusal.

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1280 Main Street West (McMaster University)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-525-9140, ext. 24279
http://mnr.mcmaster.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1957-58
Architect: William R. Souter & Associates
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday only - pre-registration is required

Meadowlands Fellowship Christian Reformed Church Doors Open Hamilton

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Meadowlands Fellowship Christian Reformed Church

The Meadowlands Fellowship Church – founded in 1989 – was one of the first churches in Ontario to use geothermal heating and cooling, employing heat pumps and a horizontal loop located under its parking lot. Tour the church, see how it works and learn more about other energy- and water-saving measures.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

211 Stonehenge Drive (at Thoroughbred Boulevard)
Hamilton, Ontario
www.meadowlandsfellowship.com

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Architect: Reinders + Rieder Ltd.
Building type: Green building, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only

Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club Doors Open Hamilton

Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club

Set at the base of the Niagara Escarpment in Gage Park, Roselawn invites you to tour the clubhouse and view the two regulation-size greens from the balcony. See archival photographs and learn about lawn bowling. Try hand-size fitting of the bowls. Try playing a game at 1 p.m. each day (flat-soled shoes or sneakers are required on the greens).

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

50 Lawrence Road
Hamilton, Ontario
http://roselawnlbc.com

Architecture

Year built: 1926
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royal Hamilton Yacht Club Clubhouse Doors Open Hamilton

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Royal Hamilton Yacht Club Clubhouse

The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club – designated “royal” by Queen Victoria in 1891 – is celebrating the 130th anniversary of its founding Annual General Meeting. Tour the clubhouse to see archival photographs, artifacts, trophies and the extensive collection of half model sailboats. Learn about racing, competitive sailing and the pioneering participation of women.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

555 Bay Street North (at foot of MacNab Street North), ground level
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-528-8464
www.rhyc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1977-78; 1979-80 (redesign)
Architect: Gordon L. Sutin & Associates (1977); John J. Harkness (1979)
Building type: Commercial, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royal Hamilton Yacht Club Grounds and Docks Doors Open Hamilton

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Royal Hamilton Yacht Club Grounds and Docks

The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club – where the unique geography of the harbour provides shelter for the beginner as well as interesting winds for the more seasoned sailor – is Hamilton’s only yacht club, providing youth and adult Learn to Sail and Able Sail programs. Tour the grounds, junior sail area and the new docks.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

555 Bay Street North (at foot of MacNab Street North)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-528-8464
www.rhyc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1939 (inner basin); 1965 (swimming pool); 2003 and later (inner basin - Able Sail and kayaks); 2017 (floating docks)
Building type: Commercial, Transportation
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church Doors Open Hamilton

St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church

This Romanesque-style church has beautiful stained glass and painted murals. The beautiful main altar and pulpit are carved and sculpted in renowned Italian Carrera marble. Experience the remarkable acoustics during choir singing, guitar music and organ performances on the 110-year-old Casavant pipe organ. Enjoy complimentary snacks and refreshments throughout the day.

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

Contact info

475 Mary Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-529-3921
www.stlawrencehamilton.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1890; 1908: pipe organ installation; 1935: renovations; 1955-65: interior renovations
Architect: Robert Clohency
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last tour at 1:30 p.m.); Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday service: 10:30 a.m. mass and May Crowning, then Fellowship hour with coffee and dessert

Stoney Creek Masonic Centre, The Doors Open Hamilton

Stoney Creek Masonic Centre, The

The Stoney Creek Masonic Centre is home to three lodges that are steeped in Hamilton history. Hosted by Beach Lodge No. 639, you will see one of Ontario's impressive lodge rooms. Ask about freemasonry, see regalia from different Masonic bodies, talk with members of Masonic youth groups and tour the building. Charity barbecue (by donation) and light refreshments available.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

19 Dawson Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
http://www.beach639.com

Architecture

Year built: 1957
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Water Filtration Building - Water Treatment Plant Doors Open Hamilton

Water Filtration Building - Water Treatment Plant

Enjoy a rare opportunity to learn about the City of Hamilton’s historical and current drinking water system – and its filtration process – through a guided tour of the Learning Centre, Filter Gallery and Control Room. See how the extensive structural rehabilitation and architectural facelift in 2010 returned this plant to its original art deco grandeur.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

900 Woodward Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-2489
www.hamilton.ca/water

Architecture

Year built: 1933 (west half); 1959 (east half); rehabilitated, 2010
Architect: W.L. McFaul, city engineer and staff
Architectural style: Art deco

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wellwood Juravinski House Doors Open Hamilton

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Wellwood Juravinski House

The Wellwood Juravinski House, presented by the Hamilton Halton Home-Builders’ Association (a cancer support centre), occupies a remnant of the original Mountain (Tuberculosis) Sanatorium and subsequent Chedoke Hospital site. Tour the purpose-built house designed by McCallum Sather Architects, with clerestory windows and original art, and ponder the Inukshuk “pointing north” – a tribute to the 1,274 Inuit sanatorium patients.

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

Contact info

501 Sanatorium Road (at Chedmac Drive)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-667-8870
www.wellwood.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2009
Architect: McCallum Sather Architects

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House) Doors Open Hamilton

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House)

Canada’s only national workers’ history museum and art gallery, housed in Hamilton’s former Custom House, celebrates the role of the labour and social movements in advocating for a fair and just society. View the permanent exhibits on workers' history in Hamilton and Ontario. Interactive activities for children include animation of the operational knitting machine and a button-making station.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

51 Stuart Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-522-3003
www.wahc-museum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1858-60; restoration: 1995-96
Architect: F.J. Rastrick and F.P. Rubridge; restoration, McCallum Mokrycke Sather Architects & Taylor Hazell Architects
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to noon - neighbourhood walking tour; Sunday: 1 to 2 p.m. - guided building tour