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Richmond Hill

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open Richmond Hill … the key to exploring your community!

Enjoy this FREE opportunity to explore the heritage, arts, architecture and culture that Richmond Hill has to offer!

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The rise of ground on which Richmond Hill stands was the beginning of a natural stopping place for travellers on Yonge Street. Around the 1800s, a settlement began to appear on the hill. Squire Abner Miles built a log house and opened a hotel for travellers. Miles soon became the hill’s most prominent resident and the inhabitants at this time decided to honour him by naming the settlement Miles Hill.

There is no record of when the name Miles Hill was changed to Mount Pleasant, but it is presumed that the change probably occurred after the death of Miles in 1806. Legend has it that in 1819 the Village was renamed Richmond Hill in honour of Charles Lennox, the 4th Duke of Richmond and the then-Governor General of Canada, who stopped on the hill to rest and feed his horses during one of his trips up Yonge Street. Apparently, the Duke of Richmond stopped to chat with the workmen who were engaged in the building of the Presbyterian Church. Those who communicated with him found him very charming and pleasant. The crest and the motto of the Richmond family were officially adopted by the town in the 1920s.

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15 sites found

Burr House and Guild Hall Doors Open Richmond Hill

Burr House and Guild Hall

In this cottage-style house, which Rowland Burr built in 1820, visitors can purchase fibre arts crafts and enjoy tea and scones (available for a nominal fee in the Tea Room). The Guild Hall, built in 1857 by the Evangelical Association of North America, was moved here in 1978 and is now a crafts studio. See weaving, spinning, pottery demonstrations and quilting. 

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

528-530 Carrville Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-884-0327
www.burrhousefiberarts.com

Architecture

Year built: 1820
Architectural style: Ontario cottage

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Curtain Club, The Doors Open Richmond Hill

Curtain Club, The

Founded in 1954, The Curtain Club rehearsed in the homes of its then 25 members, built sets in garages, stored costumes in attics and performed in local halls and schools. In 1971, club members raised funds and hammers to create the current facility, which opened in 1972. The Royal Canadian Air Farce broadcast its first few seasons here.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

400 Newkirk Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-773-3434
www.thecurtainclub.org

Architecture

Year built: 1972
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emmanuel Anglican Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

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Emmanuel Anglican Church

Step into this little church with the big heart! The cedar-lined interiors of the Emmanuel Anglican Church provide a warm and lovely space for worship. The building and furnishings were relocated to this site from Hanlan’s Point on the Toronto Islands. The Our Life in Christ tapestry by Karen Pascal is featured behind the altar.

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

Contact info

15 MacKay Drive
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-881-8198
www.emmanuelanglican.com

Architecture

Year built: 1964-65
Architect: N.L. Irwin of Hanks,Irwin and Pearson
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Eyer Wideman Homestead and Ropes Challenge Course Doors Open Richmond Hill

Eyer Wideman Homestead and Ropes Challenge Course

This house, constructed in 1828, is attributed to David Eyer (1796-1871) and is considered to be one of the earliest surviving examples of a Pennsylvania-German Mennonite dwelling in Richmond Hill. This designated building is currently used as the local youth centre, featuring an outdoor high and low ropes challenge course and a climbing wall. Enjoy craft activities and refreshments.

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

Contact info

1045 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-737-9210
www.richmondhill.ca/eyerhomestead

Architecture

Year built: 1828

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gormley Missionary Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

Gormley Missionary Church

John Leary donated this property in 1873. The original structure was built in 1931 by George Collard, and the oil lamps at the back of the church are from that building, but the structure itself was replaced in 1934. Historical mementos and photographs of the church site and area will be on display during Doors Open.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

120 Gormley Road West
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-887-5846
www.gormleychurch.org

Architecture

Year built: 1931; expanded 1966
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hindu Temple Society of Canada, The - Hindu Temple Richmond Hill Doors Open Richmond Hill

Hindu Temple Society of Canada, The - Hindu Temple Richmond Hill

This Hindu temple, the largest in North America, was built and is operated under the Agama Sastra traditions. The temple was designed by Mr. V. Janakiramana Sthapathi, who hails from the same family of architects that built the famous Big Temple in Tanjavur in South India during the Chola period. Come and explore the fine artwork displayed throughout.

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

Contact info

10865 Bayview Avenue
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-883-9109
http://htrh.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1987-88
Architect: V. Janakiramana Sthapathi
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre Doors Open Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre

The Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre, located in the town's Operations Centre, houses thousands of historical artifacts in its climate-controlled facility. Much of the collection, dating back over a century, results from the generous donations of local families. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the collection and learn how artifacts are catalogued, preserved and maintained.

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

Contact info

1200 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-780-2927

Architecture

Year built: 1990

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Heritage Centre (Amos Wright House) Doors Open Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Heritage Centre (Amos Wright House)

Amos Wright, Markham Township’s first reeve, built this house in 1840. Today, this well-preserved Ontario regency-style cottage is home to the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre and is surrounded by picturesque Amos Wright Park. On exhibit: Queen Victoria's Secrets. A special Mother's Day tea will also be held throughout the day (reservations required).

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Women's history

Contact info

19 Church Street North
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-780-3802
www.richmondhill.ca/heritagecentre

Architecture

Year built: 1840
Architectural style: Regency
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club Doors Open Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club

This club – with its lush green lawns in the heart of town – was formed in 1918 by some of the most prominent citizens of Richmond Hill. Try your hand at lawn bowling in this resort-like atmosphere. Tour the clubhouse and view artifacts related to the club’s history. Refreshments will be available.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

43 Church Street South, behind Elgin Barrow Arena
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 416-239-3718
www.rhlawnbowling.com

Architecture

Year built: 1918

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church

This Gothic-revival church, with its unique patterned bricks, was erected in 1880. The cemetery behind contains grave markers dating from 1806 to the present, as well as a vault (the “dead house”) used to store caskets during the winter. Enjoy music played on the 100-year-old Casavant organ, as well as a pancake breakfast with eggs and sausages (nominal fee applies).

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

10066 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-884-4211
http://rhpresbyterian.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; pancake breakfast served from 9 to 11 a.m.

Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame Doors Open Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame

For over a decade, Richmond Hill has been honouring athletes and others whose sport achievements have had a lasting effect on the community. To date, 30 people representing more than 25 sports have been inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. Come and learn about the history of local sport. Family fun and activities. Free gifts while supplies last.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

43 Church Street South (2nd floor of the Elgin Barrow Arena)
Richmond Hill, Ontario
www.richmondhill.ca/sportshall

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church

View the unique architecture of this church and learn about its history. The Coptic Church is one of the oldest Christian congregations, established by Mark the Evangelist in AD 43. Beautiful hand-painted murals, carved wood and imported marble from Egypt grace the interior of this place of worship. Enjoy both Coptic art and music at this Doors Open event.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

11308 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 416-800-3333
www.smsj.ca

Architecture

Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Mary's Anglican Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

St. Mary's Anglican Church

St. Mary's Anglican Church

St. Mary’s – a scaled-down version of Toronto’s St. James Cathedral – is the oldest remaining church in the original village of Richmond Hill. St. Mary’s is now a chapel for the main church, built in the 1960s. Take a guided tour of the chapel, the indoor burial plot and the new church. During Doors Open, enjoy an archival display.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

10030 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-884-2227
www.saintmaryschurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thomas Boynton House Doors Open Richmond Hill

Thomas Boynton House

Thomas Boynton House, a designated historical site dating from about 1875, is a good example of a classic Ontario farmhouse. It stands in its original location in what is now Richmond Green Park, and is used as a community art exhibition space. During Doors Open Richmond Hill, the exhibition 12 ½ by Alexander Mackenzie High School students will be featured.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1300 Elgin Mills Road East (Richmond Green Park)
Richmond Hill, Ontario
www.richmondhill.ca/boyntonhouse

Architecture

Year built: c. 1875
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.