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Markham

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open Markham presents a diverse selection of sites to visit – historical and contemporary – which showcase the vibrant cultural mosaic that is our city. Sites that reflect the Doors Open Ontario 2019 theme of communication will be featured along with a great selection of other sites that showcase Markham’s culture and history.

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Community information

Markham – Canada’s most diverse city – blends the latest trends in technology and urban design with an award-winning heritage conservation program. Markham is currently developing Markham Centre, our community’s “downtown,” while taking care to protect and celebrate our heritage conservation districts: Old Thornhill, Buttonville, Unionville and Markham Village. The contrast between new and old gives our city its distinctive flavour, which is admired by citizens and visitors alike.

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Become a volunteer

Volunteers are needed for multiple roles for Doors Open Markham:

  • Hosts
  • Tour Guides
  • Assist site owners welcoming and directing participants

Where

  • Multiple locations within Markham — check out the sites to visit.

Date and time

  • September 7, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Time commitment

  • One 6.5-hour shift

How to apply

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-477-7000, ext. 2296
Email: gduncan@markham.ca

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16 sites found

105 Gibson Centre Doors Open Markham

105 Gibson Centre

This Christian faith-based community centre is devoted to bringing positive changes to the neighbourhood. The Centre is an active place, offering recreational facilities and programs, youth services and a food bank. At its heart is the Cultural Café, offering food, drink and fellowship. Please bring non-perishable items for the food bank. Tours will be offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

105 Gibson Drive
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-946-8787
Email: info@105gibson.com
https://105gibson.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aaniin Community Centre & Library Doors Open Markham

Aaniin Community Centre & Library

Markham’s newest community centre is a stunning example of contemporary architectural design. “Aaniin” is the Ojibwe word for “welcome.” The building – designed by Perkins+Will – features a library, climbing wall, aquatic centre, gym, teaching kitchen and more. The design is intended to reflect an urban idea of space that is suited to hosting a variety of community events.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

5665 14th Avenue
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-475-4851
https://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/home/arts/markham-public-library

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Architect: Perkins+Will (Toronto)
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

​Hatch Specialty Coffee Doors Open Markham

​Hatch Specialty Coffee

Those who appreciate quality coffee beans and care about how and where they are grown will appreciate Hatch Specialty Coffee. A coffee lab, roaster and brewer, they source many of their coffee beans by direct trade from coffee growers. The roasting style is strongly influenced by Scandinavian-style light roasts. Tours of the roaster and brewer will be offered, with tastings.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking

Contact info

802B Cochrane Drive
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-474-3555
Email: info@hatchcrafted.com
www.hatchcrafted.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heintzman House Doors Open Markham

Heintzman House

Heintzman House is one of the oldest buildings in Markham. Originally built as an adobe brick cottage dating from the early 19th century, the house was enlarged by Colonel George Crookshank in 1817. Charles T. Heintzman, grandson of the founder of Toronto’s Heintzman Piano Company, purchased the property in the 1930s and transformed the house into its present, elegant form.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

135 Bay Thorn Drive
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-944-3800, ext. 6609
Email: info@heintzmanhouse.ca
www.heintzmanhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1816
Architectural style: Regency
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Markham Heritage Estates Walking Tour Doors Open Markham

Markham Heritage Estates Walking Tour

The buildings in this heritage subdivision – each one rescued from potential demolition – date from 1825 to 1916. A variety of architectural styles are represented here. In addition to preserving cultural heritage resources that would have otherwise been lost, the Markham Heritage Estates showcase best practices for residential restoration, a resource often visited by people interested in restoring older homes.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet opposite 11 Heritage Corners Lane
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: Guided tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. only

Markham Village Fire Station Doors Open Markham

Markham Village Fire Station

Everyone is fascinated by fire trucks and firefighting technology. Fire prevention and firefighting are an important part of the City of Markham’s administration. This building’s design was inspired by late-19th-century fire halls. It features a replica hose drying tower, common to most fire halls in the past. The hall was designed to fit into the context of historical Markham Village.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

207 Main Street North
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-477-0117

Architecture

Year built: 1985

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Markham Village Train Station Doors Open Markham

Markham Village Train Station

The restoration of this Toronto and Nipissing Railway station was the first major project of the Markham Village Conservancy. When the railway opened in 1871, the station became a busy commercial and industrial hub. The exterior has been restored to its c. 1910 appearance. The station continues to serve GO Transit commuters, and functions as a community centre.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

214 Main Street North
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-201-1453

Architecture

Year built: 1870
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

McKay Art Centre Doors Open Markham

McKay Art Centre

This distinctive example of Ontario vernacular architecture features Gothic revival and classical revival detailing. It was originally the home of Salem Eckardt, a local auctioneer. Group of Seven artist Frederick Varley lived here in his later years; he had a studio in the basement. The space now showcases the work of local artists and provides a studio for art instruction.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

197 Main Street
Unionville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-946-1733

Architecture

Year built: c. 1856
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Vernacular
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rouge River Brewing Company Doors Open Markham

Rouge River Brewing Company

An 1850 map showed a brewery on the banks of the Rouge River at the south end of Markham Village. Today’s Rouge River Brewing Company – Markham’s first craft brewery – features award-winning hop-forward American-style ales, sour beers and Belgian farmhouse-style ales. Beers are brewed on site and can be sampled in the tap room or enjoyed in the brew pub.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

50 Bullock Drive, Unit 8
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-209-1236
Email: info@rougeriverbrewery.com
www.rougeriverbrewingcompany.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Philips on-the-Hill Anglican Church Doors Open Markham

St. Philips on-the-Hill Anglican Church

St. Philips on-the-Hill's history goes back to early Unionville days when Lutherans and Anglicans worshipped together under Reverend Vincent Mayerhoffer. The congregation split during the tumultuous days of the 1837 Rebellion in Upper Canada. In 1910, the congregation moved into the village of Unionville. In 1986, they returned to a new building on the original site.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

9400 Kennedy Road
Markham, Ontario
https://spoth.ca

Architecture

Year built: Established 1794
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stiver Mill Community Centre Doors Open Markham

Stiver Mill Community Centre

Unionville's restored Stiver Mill, a local landmark, now serves as a community centre and farmers’ market. Originally built as a grain elevator, the western portion of the structure is one of the last of its kind in the region. A feed mill was added to the east end in the 1930s. Come and enjoy family fun activities during Doors Open.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

9 Station Lane
Unionville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1916
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thornhill Village Library Doors Open Markham

Thornhill Village Library

This house, which was converted into a public library in the 1970s under the direction of restoration architect Napier Simpson Jr., fits comfortably into Colborne Street’s historical streetscape. The library was featured in Deborah Kerbel’s 2010 ghost story, Lure. The ghost of Ellen Ramsden, the building’s original owner, is said to make an appearance from time to time.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

10 Colborne Street
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-513-7977
https://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/home/arts/markham-public-library

Architecture

Year built: 1851
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Library
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wayne’s Cup Doors Open Markham

Wayne’s Cup

Wayne’s Cup is a not-for-profit café and life-skills centre dedicated to the development of adults with special needs, which includes but is not limited to autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome and developmental delay. Supportive training is provided to develop skills in running the café, as well as life skills, in a fun working environment that promotes social interaction.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

9889 Highway 48, Unit 4
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-471-0808
Email: info@waynescup.com
http://waynescup.com

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

William Grant House and Rhenish Lutheran Church Doors Open Markham

William Grant House and Rhenish Lutheran Church

This church, a post-modern-style place of worship within Markham’s Cornell community, stands on the same property as the William Grant House, a late-Victorian farmhouse that provides the church’s program and office space. The house’s unusual stucco treatment imitates ashlar stonework (re-created based on surviving original sections). It’s an excellent example of adaptive re-use within the context of new development.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2667 Bur Oak Avenue
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1884; 2009
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wong Dai Sin Temple Doors Open Markham

Wong Dai Sin Temple

This remarkable expression of contemporary architecture is home to the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, dedicated to inner spiritual development through the practise of the ancient art of tai chi. It is a modern sacred space that houses a dynamic Taoist community. Winner of the 2016 Governor General's Medal for Architecture.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

378 Steeles Avenue East
Thornhill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-597-3210

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architect: Shim-Sutcliffe Architects
Architectural style: International
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.