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Markham

Event information

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

Doors Open Markham is a FREE annual community-wide event that showcases locations in Markham that are not generally open to the public.

During Doors Open Markham, learn about the city, its rich history and the process through which Markham has developed into a blossoming community. Visit sites that interest you to take part in tours, demos and presentations that illustrate our civic motto: Leading while Remembering.

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Community information

Markham, a municipality of more than 350,000 residents centrally located in the Greater Toronto area, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high-tech and life-science companies. Founded in the 1790s, Markham is today Canada’s most diverse community, enjoying a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, as well as multiple heritage and environmental awards.

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During Doors Open Markham, volunteers act as hosts and tour guides. They also assist site owners with welcoming and directing guests, which makes this a great opportunity to act as ambassadors for the city and the event. High school students can also earn volunteer hours toward their high school requirement.

To volunteer for Doors Open Markham, complete this application.

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Contact info

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

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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.

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

Aaniin Community Centre & Library Doors Open Markham

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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.

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

Contact info

5665 14th Avenue
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-475-4851
www.markham.ca/wps/portal/Markham/RecreationCulture/AaniinCC

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Angus Glen Golf Club Doors Open Markham

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Angus Glen Golf Club

This club – located on a portion of the former Angus Glen Farms property – features two 18-hole championship golf courses. It was established by Gordon Stollery in 1995. Angus Glen hosted the Canadian Open in 2002 and 2007, and the Pam-Am Games in 2015. Come and try a putting challenge and test your golf skills in this beautiful setting.

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Contact info

10080 Kennedy Road
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-887-0090
Email: events@angusglen.com
www.angusglen.com

Architecture

Year built: 1995
Architect: Established by Gordon Stollery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church Doors Open Markham

Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church is one of York Region’s longest-established churches. Today, the church remains a centre of worship for descendants of these founding Markham families. The present building dates from 1910, incorporating materials from the earlier church. Visitors can admire the early 20th-century Gothic revival interior with beautiful memorial windows and a century-old pipe organ.

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

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20 Union Street
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

​Hatch Specialty Coffee Doors Open Markham

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​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, as well as tastings.

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

Ladies' Golf Club of Toronto Doors Open Markham

Ladies' Golf Club of Toronto

This golf club was begun by women for women. The clubhouse, in the Georgian revival style, was originally a country estate constructed in 1922 for Strafford Watson (son of a prominent Toronto lawyer) as a wedding present. The course was designed by the distinguished golf course architect, Stanley Thompson. Champion golfer Ada Mackenzie was the force behind the club's establishment.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

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7859 Yonge Street
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1922; established in 1924
Architectural style: Period revival
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

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.

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  • 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 22, 2018
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.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

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214 Main Street North
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1870
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
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.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: c. 1856
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

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

Rouge River Brewing Company Doors Open Markham

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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.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

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

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

St. Dimitrija Solunski Macedonian Orthodox Church Doors Open Markham

St. Dimitrija Solunski Macedonian Orthodox Church

A modern white-stone church built to reflect the traditional architecture of centuries-old church buildings in Macedonia, St. Dimitrija Solunski Macedonian Orthodox Church boasts an interior that contains breathtaking wall and ceiling paintings executed in the Byzantine style. The church exterior is in the process of being transformed to a polychrome stucco treatment to better reflect historical Macedonian Orthodox church architecture.

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

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201 Main Street North
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1993
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

St. Maurice and St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church Doors Open Markham

St. Maurice and St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church

This new place of worship boasts a unique architectural design, combining ancient tradition with contemporary appeal. The Coptic Church was established in Egypt in the first century A.D. and came to Canada with Coptic immigration in the mid- 20th century. The complex features a community centre complete with a gymnasium, banquet hall, daycare centre, recording studio and classrooms.

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

Contact info

3300 Highway 7 East
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 416-800-8888
Email: office@smsv.ca
http://smsv.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Architectural style: Period revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
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.

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

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

Architecture

Year built: Established 1794
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
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. Recently, 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.

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Wayne’s Cup Doors Open Markham

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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.

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  • 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 22, 2018
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.

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

Contact info

378 Steeles Avenue East
Thornhill, Ontario

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

York University Y-Space Doors Open Markham

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York University Y-Space

York University is coming to Markham! In the meantime, Y-Space is York’s state-of-the-art community engagement centre in the heart of Markham Centre – Markham’s emerging “downtown.” The centre offers opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation. During Doors Open, a Maker Space training workshop will be offered throughout the day. Guided tours of the incubation space and Maker Space will also be available.

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

Contact info

169 Enterprise Blvd., 3rd floor
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 416-736-2100, ext. 44939
http://yspace.yorku.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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