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Kingston

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Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kingston women have played an important role in the development of the city and the evolution of Canada. Numerous Kingston women leaders, artists and visionaries have made their mark on Canada – and their legacies have shaped Kingston and the nation.

During Doors Open Kingston, visit a variety of sites throughout the city as they open their doors to the public to showcase amazing architecture and design, historical collections and a glimpse inside Kingston's landmark buildings.

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Community information

At the gateway of the 1000 Islands and the UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal, Kingston is a city rich in history and culture. We're a city built on a grand heritage and defined by our ability to blend the beauty of yesterday with the passion and sophistication of today.

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Become a volunteer

Volunteer opportunities are available for you to become ambassadors at many buildings participating in Doors Open Kingston. We seek committed volunteers to assist with greeting visitors and sharing information about the event.

For more information on how you can get involved, download and complete the Doors Open Kingston Volunteer Application.

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Contact info

Telephone: 613-546-4291, ext. 1716
Email: sueh@cityofkingston.ca
Website: www.cityofkingston.ca

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20 sites found

Agnes Etherington Art Centre Doors Open Kingston

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Kingston's public gallery since 1957, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre presents historical and contemporary art in gorgeous modern spaces and the elegant neo-Georgian home of its founder. During the summer 2018, the centre will feature Log Cabin: A Canadian Quilt, Chris Kline and Yam Lou: Weave, and masterpieces by Rembrandt.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

37 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-2190
http://agnes.queensu.ca

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1957
Architect: Diamond & Schmidt; latest renovation in 2000
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canada's Penitentiary Museum Doors Open Kingston

Canada's Penitentiary Museum

Canada’s Penitentiary Museum is housed in Cedarhedge, once the residence of a Kingston Penitentiary warden. Built by convicts using local limestone, with Ohio sandstone accents, this home was first occupied in 1873 (it ceased to be the warden’s residence in 1933). Eight rooms of the house have been converted into galleries that depict the history of Canada’s federal correctional system.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

555 King Street West at Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd.
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-530-3122
www.penitentiarymuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1873
Architect: Henry Horsey
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Frontenac County Schools Museum Doors Open Kingston

Frontenac County Schools Museum

Bring your family to explore this one-room rural schoolhouse from the early 20th century. The desks and artifacts were collected from schools that dotted the surrounding countryside. Sit at a wooden desk, write on a slate with a slate pencil and browse through old Ontario readers. Try to solve some arithmetic problems from the past.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

414 Regent Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-544-9113
www.fcsmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1886
Architect: William Newlands
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HMCS Cataraqui Doors Open Kingston

HMCS Cataraqui

HMCS Cataraqui, established in 1941, is the home of the Royal Canadian Navy in Kingston. Visitors will learn its storied history as they tour the building. They will also meet local naval reserve sailors, see small boats and other unique equipment and enjoy interactive displays.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

24 Navy Way
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-5010, ext. 5593

Architecture

Year built: 1992
Building type: Military

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kingston Area Recycling Centre Doors Open Kingston

Kingston Area Recycling Centre

Since 1989, this recycling centre has been processing paper, plastic, metal and glass from homes in Kingston and the surrounding area. Recyclable materials are sorted here and then sold to companies that use them to make new products. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at this facility, which is not usually open to the public. Guided tours throughout the day.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

196 Lappan's Lane
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-4291, ext. 2703
www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/waste/karc

Architecture

Year built: 1989
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kingston City Hall Doors Open Kingston

Kingston City Hall

Kingston’s City Hall has remained a prominent landmark on the waterfront since 1844. Visit the building during Doors Open and learn the social histories of the women behind City Hall who left their marks in the fields of law, politics and science.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

216 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-4291, ext. 1177
www.cityofkingston.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1841-44
Architect: George Browne
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kingston Police Headquarters Doors Open Kingston

Kingston Police Headquarters

The Kingston Police have been proudly serving the community for over 175 years. This building offers complete and effective security while being open, inviting and flexible to allow for future organizational changes. It was designed to be Canada’s greenest police building, and has received LEED Gold certification.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

705 Division Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-549-4660
www.kingstonpolice.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2007
Architect: Rebanks Pepper Littlewood/Shoalts and Zaback
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kingston Theatre Organ Society Concert Centre Doors Open Kingston

Kingston Theatre Organ Society Concert Centre

Since 1981, people have come from afar to see and hear Canada's largest theatre pipe organ – a 3/28 Kimball, which is the showpiece of the Kingston Theatre Organ Society. Visitors will be treated to organ presentations and a short tour of the pipes and back-stage area. Mini concerts will take place on the hour and half hour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

89 Kirkpatrick Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-386-7295
www.ktos.ca

Architecture

Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kingston Yacht Club Doors Open Kingston

Kingston Yacht Club

Located in the heart of Kingston's downtown, the Kingston Yacht Club (KYC) offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Established in 1896, KYC has been a landmark on the Kingston shoreline for over a century.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1 Maitland Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-548-3052
www.kingstonyachtclub.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1896; rebuilt in 1935 after fire

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Military Communications and Electronics Museum Doors Open Kingston

Military Communications and Electronics Museum

The Military Communications and Electronics Museum celebrates the contributions of the members of the Communications and Electronics Branch to Canadian history. The collection emphasizes the themes of the troops, the times and technology from Confederation to the present. Come and visit the new vehicle area and the Royal Canadian Electric and Mechanical Engineers Museum exhibit.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

95 Craftsman Blvd.
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-4675
www.candemuseum.org

Architecture

Year built: 1995
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Museum of Health Care at Kingston Doors Open Kingston

Museum of Health Care at Kingston

The imposing, beaux-arts style Ann Baillie Building was originally a student nurses’ residence from 1904 to 1969. Now, it’s the home of the Museum of Health Care with its extensive collection of artifacts. Gallery visits, tours of the archives and children’s activities will allow you to experience the history of health care in Canada.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

32 George Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-548-2419
www.museumofhealthcare.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1903-04
Architect: William Newlands
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pump House - History in Motion Doors Open Kingston

Pump House - History in Motion

Historically, women have been absent from the history of Kingston's first waterworks. Tour this site to explore the changing landscape as more women enter the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Special guests W.A.F.F.L.E.S and Queen's Tech 'N' Tinker Trailer will be on site with hands-on activities focused on STEM.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

23 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-544-7867
www.kingstonpumphouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1849
Architect: Joseph Power
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Queen's Solar Education Centre Doors Open Kingston

Queen's Solar Education Centre

The Queen's Solar Education Centre is a fully autonomous home, designed to be run exclusively by solar power. The off-the-grid house uses environmentally friendly technology to manage all the electrical, water and heating needs. The house is continuously being improved by students, and is frequently used for research and education.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

244 Sir John A Macdonald Blvd.
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-6682
http://qsdt.net

Architecture

Architectural style: Ontario cottage
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rogers K-Rock Centre Doors Open Kingston

Rogers K-Rock Centre

The Rogers K-Rock Centre is Kingston’s premier sports and entertainment venue and was designed to accommodate major concerts, family shows, ice shows and other world-class entertainment. Located on The Tragically Hip Way in downtown Kingston, the Rogers K-Rock Centre is only a short walk from some of the city’s finest hotels, restaurants and shops.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1 Tragically Hip Way
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-650-5000
http://rogersk-rockcentre.com

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Architect: Brisbin Brook Beynon
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royal Military College of Canada - Currie Building Doors Open Kingston

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Royal Military College of Canada - Currie Building

The Currie and Mackenzie buildings are two of the most recognizable buildings at the Royal Military College. The Mackenzie Building was opened in 1878 and contains the College's Memorial Staircase, while the Currie Building was opened in 1920 and houses Currie Hall, a memorial to the Canadian Corps of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

15 Valour Drive
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-6000, ext. 3555
www.rmcc-cmrc.ca/en

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Architect: Richard C. Wright
Building type: Military

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royal Military College of Canada - Mackenzie Building Doors Open Kingston

New

Royal Military College of Canada - Mackenzie Building

The Currie and Mackenzie buildings are two of the most recognizable buildings at the Royal Military College. The Mackenzie Building was opened in 1878 and contains the College's Memorial Staircase, while the Currie Building was opened in 1920 and houses Currie Hall, a memorial to the Canadian Corps of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

17 Valour Drive
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-6000, ext. 3555
www.rmcc-cmrc.ca/en

Architecture

Year built: 1878
Architect: Thomas Seaton Scott
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Military

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spire, The (Sydenham Street United Church) Doors Open Kingston

Spire, The (Sydenham Street United Church)

The Spire is a community hub in Kingston’s heritage district. Community groups find a safe, affordable and welcome site for meetings, arts group offices, choir rehearsals and group self-help. Approximately 1,000 to 1,200 people come through the building’s doors each week – to learn, create, find support, receive aid or just find a safe haven.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

82 Sydenham Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-9616
www.thespirekingston.org

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Architect: William Coverdale
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. George's Cathedral Doors Open Kingston

St. George's Cathedral

The original 1825 building was a simple, rectangular stone church with a steeple designed by Thomas Rogers. The present cathedral, with dome and transepts added to the original, was designed by Joseph Power and completed in 1892. Three of the walls of the original church still stand as part of the present cathedral’s nave.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

270 King Street East
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-548-4617
www.stgeorgescathedral.ca/index.cfm/home

Architecture

Year built: 1825-92
Architect: Thomas Rogers (1825) and Joseph Power (1892)
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Mark's Anglican Church Doors Open Kingston

St. Mark's Anglican Church

The Government of Ontario recognizes St. Mark's, founded in 1843, as a historical structure. Constructed of native limestone, the church is a fine example of Gothic revival architecture. It was built with the aid of funds subscribed by the British Admiralty and by settlers of Barriefield, many of them employees of the Royal Navy dockyard at Navy Bay.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

268 Main Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-3386
http://stmarksbarriefield.com

Architecture

Year built: 1843
Architect: Alfred Brunel
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections Doors Open Kingston

W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections

This special collections library is home to printed materials dating from the 15th century to the present. A selection of rare and fascinating artifacts will be on display during Doors Open. Guided, small-group tours of the vault will occur every hour on the hour.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

93 University Avenue (Queen's University, Douglas Library)
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-2839
http://library.queensu.ca/locations/wd-jordan-rare-books-special-collections

Architecture

Year built: 1923
Architect: Delano Dexter Calvin and Richard K. Shepard
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.