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Digital Doors Open Whitby

Explore some traditional Doors Open Whitby sites without having to leave home. The following sites offer tours, videos and activities that will engage people of all ages.

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1855 Whitby (former Ontario County Land Registry Office) Doors Open Whitby

1855 Whitby (former Ontario County Land Registry Office)

Enjoy this virtual tour of 1855 Whitby! This building, which served as the Ontario County Land Registry Office from 1873 until 1987, was part of a block that included the Ontario County Courthouse and the Ontario County Gaol. Today, it is the home base for business innovation and support. Come and see how this heritage building has been refreshed and adapted to assist the rapid growth of Durham Region’s innovation ecosystem – Whitby’s first accelerator hub!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

400 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1873
Building type: Courthouse, Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

618 Athol Street Doors Open Whitby

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618 Athol Street

Constructed in 1914, this private home was built in the Tudor revival style (a rare building style found in Whitby). As part of Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual tour and learn more about the features of this unique structure (including its original woodwork, leaded-glass windows and brick fireplaces). You’ll also hear stories of some of its famous homeowners over time – including Leslie McFarlane, who wrote at least one of the Hardy Boys books (A Figure in Hiding) while living here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

618 Athol Street
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp#Athol

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park Doors Open Whitby

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the memorial to Camp X at Intrepid Park is dedicated to the men and women who were employed at the British Security Coordination spy training school and communications centre located here during the Second World War. The buildings associated with the site have been demolished or relocated. The memorial was erected in 1984. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze,” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company. During Digital Doors Open, do some spy training with site expert Lynn Philip Hodgson (see the video below). Or explore the documentary on this acclaimed spy school. Discover what happened to the site after the war ended – and the fascinating role played by women here. And, students, explore the Camp X photo gallery and download images for school projects. Today, while no buildings remain, you can still visit and evoke this fascinating history.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2008 Boundary Road
Whitby, Ontario
www.camp-x.com/camp-x.html

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

Centennial Building Doors Open Whitby

Centennial Building

The Ontario County Courthouse was built between 1852 and 1854. By 1964, however, the building had become too small to accommodate the county’s needs and a new courthouse was built on Rossland Road. In 1967, with assistance from the Canada Centennial Project, the original courthouse was reopened as a community centre known as the Whitby Centennial Building. Learn more about this building’s history and its role in Whitby’s past through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

416 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Architect: Frederic Cumberland and William Storm, Toronto
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse, Historical landmark, Theatre
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

Lynde House Museum Doors Open Whitby

Lynde House Museum

This house was built around 1812 for Jabez Lynde, an early Whitby pioneer. It is a rare example of the Georgian or Loyalist architectural style. It has been a museum since 1972 and was moved to its current location in 2014. Enjoy the digital tour below and learn more about the history of this site.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

910 Brock Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.lyndehousemuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1812
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby