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Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit Hamilton's historical and iconic buildings with the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Hamilton Region Branch.

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Info from the City of Hamilton

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Hamilton Branch is happy to invite participants to enjoy Doors Open Hamilton's tours in 2022 as part of the 21st anniversary celebrations of Doors Open Ontario!

Both guided and self-guided walking tours will be available.

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31 In-person Doors Open sites

Auchmar Manor HouseDoors Open Hamilton

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Auchmar Manor House

The Auchmar Manor House is a significant cultural landscape. This manor house, the last surviving country estate on Hamilton Mountain, was built for the Honourable Isaac Buchanan – Scotsman, entrepreneur, civic leader, politician and legendary Canadian public figure. Enjoy this rare opportunity to view the main floor of this Gothic revival house and the walled and landscaped grounds that surround it.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

88 Fennell Avenue West (at West 5th Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: info@friendsofauchmar.ca
http://www.friendsofauchmar.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Balfour House (Chedoke Estate)Doors Open Hamilton

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Balfour House (Chedoke Estate)

Balfour House is Hamilton’s last great escarpment estate. Several prominent Hamiltonians have called it home since 1836, most recently the family of St. Clair Balfour. Owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the City of Hamilton, the building and garden are spectacular.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1 Balfour Drive
Hamilton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1836-38
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

Barton Village TourDoors Open Hamilton

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Barton Village Tour

Learn more about the industrious Barton Village neighbourhood alongside local historian Joachim Brouwer during this in-person hour-long tour (Saturday only). Highlights include properties that reveal its storied past as well as buildings that showcase the urban transformation happening in one of Hamilton’s up-and-coming areas.

  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 541 Barton Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: info@bartonvillage.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various

Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Beach Canal LighthouseDoors Open Hamilton

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Beach Canal Lighthouse

Come and see the Beach Canal Light Station, which comprises a 17-metre tall (55-foot) tapered, circular, stone tower with an iron lantern, both completed in 1858, and an adjacent keeper's cottage built in 1857. The lighthouse, built by contractor John Brown, was modelled on the six imperial towers that he constructed on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking

Contact info

1155 Beach Blvd.
Hamilton, Ontario
http://www.bclg.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1858 (lighthouse); 1857 (keeper’s cottage)
Building type: Historical house
Architect: John Brown (contractor)

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

BridgeworksDoors Open Hamilton

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Bridgeworks

Beginning in 1872, the Bridgeworks was a major component in the growth of Hamilton's reputation as a Steel Town. The extensive building and grounds, once used for building iron and steel bridges for Canada's railways, are now the home of a multi-functional events hub that focuses on community, arts and special events. This once-commercial space is now a community hub.

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

Contact info

200 Caroline Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: jj@sonicunyon.com
https://bridgeworks.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

May 08 - May 08

Coppley BuildingDoors Open Hamilton

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Coppley Building

Erected in 1856, the Coppley Building is the finest surviving pre-Confederation commercial building in Hamilton. Recently acquired by TAS, a Toronto-based social investor in partnership with the Hamilton Community Foundation, it is currently being restored. But you can have a glimpse of the work as part of Doors Open, with access to the courtyard, situated between the two main buildings.

  • Guided tours available

Contact info

107 MacNab Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: m.parente@hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1856
Building type: Commercial
Architect: Frederick James Rastrick

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Cotton Factory, TheDoors Open Hamilton

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Cotton Factory, The

Join us for an evening of food, dancing and shopping while you experience one of Hamilton's best examples of adaptive reuse. The Imperial Cotton Factory was taken over in 2014. The Cotton Factory is a creative arts centre in the heart of lower Hamilton. Come and explore artist's studios, artisan and vintage markets, and a beautifully restored 1900s factory.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

270 Sherman Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: laura@cottonfactory.ca
https://www.cottonfactory.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Building type: Commercial Green building
Architect: E.B. Patterson

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Dundas Museum & ArchivesDoors Open Hamilton

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Dundas Museum & Archives

Opened in 1956, the Dundas Museum & Archives is a private, non-profit museum that collects, interprets and celebrates the unique identity of the Valley Town. This year, the museum welcomes you to tour the permanent galleries, the historically designated c. 1848 Doctor’s Office and their feature exhibition, “Leading Ladies: Early Dundas Women’s Groups.”

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

Contact info

139 Park Street West
Dundas, Ontario
Email: kevin@dundasmuseum.ca
https://dundasmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1873, 1956, 1963, 2013
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Museum
Architect: McCallum Sather (2013 addition)

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

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Dundas Town Hall

Completed in 1849, Dundas Town Hall is one of the oldest remaining municipal buildings in Hamilton. The original two-storey building was designed by Francis Hawkins. Despite various renovations over the years, the site retains its heritage features. In 1971, the interior was modernized and the octagonal wing, containing new council chambers, was added.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

60 Main Street
Dundas, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1849
Building type: Historical landmark
Architect: Francis Hawkins (designer)

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

Dundurn National Historic Site - Dundurn CastleDoors Open Hamilton

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Dundurn National Historic Site - Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle is one of the finest examples of high regency-style architecture in the country. Constructed in the 1830s for Sir Allan Napier MacNab (railway magnate, lawyer and politician), the buildings deteriorated under subsequent owners, but were restored in the 1960s to their original splendour. Today, Dundurn Castle tells the story of the MacNabs and the people who served them.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Architecture

Year built: 1835
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum
Architect: Robert Wetherell

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Dunington/Grubb Garden Tour: Gage ParkDoors Open Hamilton

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Dunington/Grubb Garden Tour: Gage Park

Join us in Gage Park for a tour of the formal gardens, designed by Howard Grubb and Lorrie Dunington – the largest Dunington/Grubb-designed project in Canada. Known for their work at Whitehern, Dunington/Grubb have developed gardens throughout Hamilton, including Battlefield Park. During this tour, see how Gage Park has developed while still retaining its original features, such as its fountain.

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

Contact info

Meet at the fountain at Gage Park, 1000 Main Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: dobeland@gmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1921

Architect: Howard Grubb and Lorrie Dunington

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

Erland Lee (Museum) HomeDoors Open Hamilton

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Erland Lee (Museum) Home

The Erland Lee (Museum) Home is a National Historic Site that serves to tell three stories: that of the Lee family, who lived in the home from 1808-1970, of the Stoney Creek community, and of the Women's Institute, which was founded in the home's dining room in February 1897. The Lee home is a beautiful example of carpenter's Gothic architecture.

  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

552 Ridge Road
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Email: erlandleemuseum@fwio.on.ca
https://fwio.on.ca/erland

Architecture

Year built: 1808; 1860 (addition); 1873 renovations and carriage house addition
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Historical house Museum
Architect: John Lee (1808); Abram Lee (1860 and 1873)

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Fieldcote Memorial Park & MuseumDoors Open Hamilton

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Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Fieldcote was built in 1948 as a private home, and today serves as a cultural heritage centre with emphasis on Ancaster’s local history, the promotion of fine arts and the celebration of natural heritage through beautiful, landscaped gardens and walking trails.

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

Architecture

Year built: 1948
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse and Production GreenhousesDoors Open Hamilton

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Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse and Production Greenhouses

The Tropical Greenhouse at Gage Park, opened in July 2021, is a 1,300-square-metre (14,000-square-foot) greenhouse containing a unique collection of subtropical plants, palm trees, a waterfall and fish pond. Visitors can view the production greenhouses where annual plants intended for the City’s gardens and traffic islands are started. Plants will be transferred this year beginning May 24.

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

Contact info

1000 Main Street East (entrance at 50 Lawrence Road)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: neil.schofield@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/attractions/culture/gage-park-greenhouse

Architecture

Year built: 2019

Architect: TGH McCallum Sather/DeCloet Greenhouse, PGH Westbrook Greenhouse

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

Green Venture's Ecohouse/Glen Manor EstateDoors Open Hamilton

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Green Venture's Ecohouse/Glen Manor Estate

The EcoHouse property is the last remaining portion of the original Glen Manor Estate, which encompassed almost the entire current Davis Creek neighbourhood. The farmhouse was pre-Confederation; many original characteristics remain. Unique historical features include the original stone walls, the 1960s solarium addition, and a Veevers brothers chandelier. Some modern features include the Hamilton Seed Library and a community garden.

  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

22 Veevers Drive (near Greenhill Avenue and Quigley Road)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: contact@greenventure.ca
https://greenventure.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1851; expanded and renovated 1968; adaptive reuse 2003
Building type: Educational facility Green building
Architect: James Dean; Nicolson Design Services (1968); Zebroski and Associates Inc. (2003)

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Hamilton Cemetery TourDoors Open Hamilton

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Hamilton Cemetery Tour

For the last 20 years, Robin McKee has shared the “Stories in the Stones” of Hamilton Cemetery. Hosting walking tours of this Victorian landscaped cemetery, the oldest in Hamilton, McKee reveals the people of Hamilton's past that have left a legacy for the future. This year, the tour will be the “Women’s Tour” to honour all women for Mother’s Day!

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

Meet at 777 York Blvd. (at the cemetery gate house)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: robinmckee3@gmail.com

Architecture


Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

Hamilton Military MuseumDoors Open Hamilton

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Hamilton Military Museum

Located on the grounds of Dundurn National Historic Site, this museum preserves and shares the military history of Hamilton and area through exhibits, programs and events. The building, originally constructed as a gate house for Dundurn Castle in the late 1830s, was first known as Battery Lodge, being located on the site of a War of 1812 artillery emplacement.

  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

610 York Blvd. (at Dundurn National Historic Site)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: military@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/attractions/hamilton-civic-museums/hamilton-military-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1835-38
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Military Museum
Architect: Robert Wetherall

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic SiteDoors Open Hamilton

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Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site

The Hamilton Waterworks, 1859, features two 14-metre (45-foot) high, 70-ton steam-powered pumping engines that supplied the city with clean drinking water from 1859 to 1910. The engines were made in Dundas, Ontario and are the oldest surviving examples of their kind in North America. The waterworks complex is a National Historic Site and a civil and power engineering landmark.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Architecture

Year built: 1859
Building type: Historical landmark Museum
Architect: Thomas Coltrin Keefer

Dates/hours open

May 08 - May 08

Lister Building, TheDoors Open Hamilton

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Lister Building, The

The Lister Block features a two-level, L-shaped interior shopping arcade and distinctive terracotta and brick façade. It is one of Hamilton's first multi-purpose commercial office/retail buildings. Built in 1923, it was restored in 2012. Join architect-led tours and explore a Tourism Hamilton presentation inside. Architectural Conservancy Ontario and Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee information stations will also be available inside.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

28-44 James Street North
Hamilton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1924; renovated 2008-11
Building type: Commercial
Architect: Bernard Prack; restoration architect Julian Smith

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

MacNab Street Presbyterian ChurchDoors Open Hamilton

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MacNab Street Presbyterian Church

The MacNab Street Presbyterian Church was completed in 1857 during a cholera epidemic. The exterior is solid stone masonry with an updated slate roof. After the First World War, nine-window stained-glass windows by the Scottish artists William Wilson and James Ballantyne were installed. The sanctuary has stone walls and columns, blonde wood and a magnificent Casavant organ.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

116 MacNab Street South
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: macnabsec@cogeco.ca
https://macnabpresbyterian.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1856; 1935
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: William Thomas (1857); Albert Hills (1930s); Stewart McPhie and William Somerville (1935 addition)

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Millworks Creative StudioDoors Open Hamilton

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Millworks Creative Studio

In 1850, Dundas Millworks helped the Valley Town become the foundry and machine tool capital of then-Canada West. Today, the renamed Millworks Creative Studio is a beautiful brick-and-beam building in the heart of Dundas with an original show-stopping façade. As part of the renovations, there is now space for several creative enterprises, including some prominent film and television projects.

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

Contact info

64 Hatt Street
Dundas, Ontario
Email: danielle@millworkscreative.com
https://www.millworkscreative.com

Architecture

Year built: 1850
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

OtterburnDoors Open Hamilton

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Otterburn

Come and visit Otterburn, the second-oldest inhabited home in Ontario, and explore the remains of one of the earliest grist mills. The house and mill were built in 1789 by Captain John Aikman, a refugee from the United States after the Revolutionary War. Patrick Bermingham, Otterburn’s current owner, provides fascinating commentary on the site. One tour daily at 10 a.m.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

919 Mineral Springs Road
Dundas, Ontario
Email: bobmaton@hotmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1789
Building type: Historical house Private residence
Architect: Captain John Aikman

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

Playhouse Cinema, TheDoors Open Hamilton

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Playhouse Cinema, The

Built in 1914 as a vaudeville and movie theatre, this distinctive beaux-arts building was designed by Stewart & Witton. After 76 years of continuous operation, the theatre closed in August 1990. But, in 2018, it reopened as an independent art-house cinema. Original architectural features – including lavish interiors – have been beautifully restored, and a new neon sign recreates the long-lost original.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

177 Sherman Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario
https://www.playhousecinema.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Theatre
Architect: Steward & Witton

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

Shawn & Ed Brewing CompanyDoors Open Hamilton

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Shawn & Ed Brewing Company

This 1885-86 building in the heart of historical Dundas has served as a foundry, indoor skating/curling rink, bus depot, warehouse and, since 2016, the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company. The wood post-and-beam/brick masonry structure has been preserved yet modernized with the latest in craft beer equipment. The brewery focuses on German-style lagers with an emphasis on quality and authenticity.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

65 Hatt Street
Dundas, Ontario
Email: taproom@lagershed.com
https://www.lagershed.com

Architecture

Year built: 1860s; renovated: 2015-16
Building type: Commercial Food and drink
Architect: Peter Brass, Hamilton (1885-86); Richard Todd Wilson (2015 renovation)

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

St. Augustine's Roman Catholic ChurchDoors Open Hamilton

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St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church

St. Augustine's, established in 1827, is the oldest parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. Following the destruction by fire of the original church in 1863, construction of this neo-Gothic church began in February with the building sufficiently finished for dedication in December that year. The most significant extant addition to the building was the Angelus bell in 1876.

  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

58 Sydenham Street
Dundas, Ontario
Email: pastor@staugustinesparish.ca
https://staugustinesparish.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1863-64
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07