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Windsor

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Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days

Windsor is staging its 12th Doors Open this year, featuring over 30 sites – many of which are new. From touring a well-known boxing club to a naval reserve and everything in between, visitors will see and experience some of the most interesting spaces and places in our city. St. Clair College students of the Architectural Technology program will provide guided tours of architecturally significant neighbourhoods. And the history of Ford City will be featured in a talk during the event. Many local restaurants will feature Doors Open specials.

There’s something for every taste at Doors Open Windsor.

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Community information

Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada, located across the Detroit River from Detroit, Michigan. With a population of just over 215,000, it's the fourth most multicultural city in the country. The many ethnic restaurants and neighbourhoods reflect its diversity. Once known as the “Automotive Capital of Canada,” manufacturing shaped Windsor’s early development. With the decline in the auto industry following the 2008 recession, revitalization has given birth to a blossoming arts and music scene. The art gallery, museums, the symphony orchestra, the film festival and theatre companies are all gaining in popularity. Parks and sprawling gardens dot the city and grace the riverfront, providing relaxing getaways from the hurried pace of urban life.

Come to Windsor and stay for a while.

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Telephone: 519-948-7661
Email: hoppe.joanne@gmail.com

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Border City Boxing and Family Fitness Centre Doors Open Windsor

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Border City Boxing and Family Fitness Centre

The home of boxing champions, this long-time landmark in Ford City was once Ordon’s Hardware. Since the 1990s, it has been a not-for-profit organization and community booster. A famous one-time visitor is our current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. The centre now offers the Rock Steady boxing program for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1742 Drouillard Road
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-253-1578
www.bordercityboxing.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Church of the Ascension Doors Open Windsor

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Church of the Ascension

The congregation of the Church of the Ascension is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. After the two original buildings were replaced, the current church was rebuilt in 1927. After a 1990 fire, the stained-glass windows were restored with the original glass and new lead. A cross made from timbers from the church roof is in the memorial garden.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1385 University Avenue West
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-256-4341
www.ascensionwindsor.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1927
Architect: Sheppard and Mason
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Mission, The Doors Open Windsor

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Downtown Mission, The

In the early 1970s, members of the Central United Church founded The Downtown Mission. In various locations until 2001, it is now located in the former Temple Baptist Church. Meals are offered daily. In 2016, the mission added a Wellness Centre at 875 Ouellette Avenue, with outreach services and Do Good Deli, a small restaurant that offers work training.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

664 Victoria Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-973-5573
www.downtownmission.com

Architecture

Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HMCS Hunter, Naval Reserve Division Doors Open Windsor

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HMCS Hunter, Naval Reserve Division

Named after a ship in the War of 1812, the state-of-the-art HMCS Hunter Naval Reserve was launched in its new Windsor headquarters in May 2015. The building is situated on the Detroit River and features a unique naval design, with large, round porthole windows and a wall that tapers to form a ship’s bow.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

90 Mill Street
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-254-4373, ext. 6243
www.facebook.com/hmcsncsmhunter

Architecture

Year built: 2014
Architect: GRC Architects
Building type: Military

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

John McGivney Children's Centre Doors Open Windsor

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John McGivney Children's Centre

This centre offers pediatric services to special-needs children who live in Windsor and Essex County. Most services are funded through the Ministry of Children and Youth. Physiotherapy and occupational and speech therapy were among the early programs. The centre's services have expanded to include autism services, recreational and communication therapy, family services, equipment loan and a resource library.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

3945 Matchette Road
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-252-7281
www.jmccentre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1978
Architect: W.A. Fraser Architect

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22 – Sunday September 23, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New Song Church Doors Open Windsor

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New Song Church

New Song Church is a community outreach church in the heart of Ford City. The congregation began in 1994 and, after several moves, settled in its present location. This building has classical proportions with a tall first floor and shorter second storey. Part of Feeding Windsor, the church has a Food Club store and a Pet Food Bank.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

999 Drouillard Road
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-971-7664
www.newsongwindsor.blogspot.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Architect: Gilbert J.P. Jacques
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22 – Sunday September 23, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Mary and St. Moses Coptic Orthodox Church Doors Open Windsor

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St. Mary and St. Moses Coptic Orthodox Church

Massive twin towers dominate this richly ornamented brick and stone church. Formerly known as Sacred Heart Church that served Walkerville’s Roman Catholics, it was sold to the Coptic Orthodox Community in 2002. Egyptian artisans created the intricately carved and inlaid wooden Coptic alter. Interior and exterior restoration continues.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1125 Ottawa Street
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-990-9969
www.windsorcopts.com

Architecture

Year built: 1927
Architect: John R. Boyde
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University of Windsor School of Creative Arts Doors Open Windsor

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University of Windsor School of Creative Arts

In January 2018, this school opened in the historical downtown Armouries building. The Armouries was built originally to serve as the home of the Essex Fusiliers. It was renamed the Tilston Armouries after Acting Major F.A. Tilston, Second World War hero. The University of Windsor repurposed the Armouries through an extensive restoration that preserved the building’s original look and feel.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

37 University Avenue East
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-253-3000, ext. 2098
www.uwindsor.ca/soca

Architecture

Year built: 1902; 2018
Architect: David Ewart, Federal Deptartment of Public Works (1902); CS&P Architects (2018)
Building type: Educational facility, Military

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 23, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willistead Manor, Coach House and Gate House Doors Open Windsor

Willistead Manor, Coach House and Gate House

Willistead Manor is a 35-room mansion located within the 6-hectare (15-acre) Willistead Park in the heart of Olde Walkerville. Built in 1906, the manor was briefly the home of the Edward Chandler Walker and his wife Mary. While you are visiting this lavishly decorated mansion, don't miss the Coach House, the Paul Martin Gardens and the Gatehouse.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1899 Niagara Street
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-253-2300, ext. 2752
www.willistead.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1904-06
Architect: Albert Kahn
Architectural style: Edwardian
Landscape: Garden, Park

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 23, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Windsor Club, The (former Hiram Walker/Wiser's Reception Centre) Doors Open Windsor

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Windsor Club, The (former Hiram Walker/Wiser's Reception Centre)

The Windsor Club is the oldest private social club in the area. Formerly located in the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce building in downtown Windsor, it now occupies the former Hiram Walker Reception Centre in Walkerville. The interior of the building features exposed brick with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Detroit River.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

2072 Riverside Drive East
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-258-1465
www.thewindsorclub.com

Architecture

Year built: 1964
Architect: Sigmund Blum
Building type: Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 23, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.