Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Hamilton

in-person event information

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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Contact information

The GasworksDoors Open Hamilton

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The Gasworks

The Gasworks, a community centre for the arts and education, was repurposed by the John and Ellie Voortman Charitable Foundation. On Saturday at 10 a.m., watch the Hamilton Music Collective rehearsing the Jambassadors. Other tenants include RE-Create (with paintings on display), the Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra and Chorus Hamilton. Architect Bill Curran leads a tour on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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

Contact info

141 Park Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
https://www.thegasworks.ca

Architecture

Year built: Original section (c. 1850s); new addtion (2020)
Building type: Commercial Theatre Gallery
Architect: TCA Architects (new addition)

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

Walking tour: Gore ParkDoors Open Hamilton

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Walking tour: Gore Park

Join us on this walking tour of Gore Park and surrounding area, focusing on the buildings, architects, history and legends. This is the spot where the City of Hamilton began. Tours will be conducted by Bill King, long-time leader of Downtown Hamilton Walking Tours. Meet in the park at King Street East and John Street South.

  • Guided tours available
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

Meet at Gore Park (King Street East and John Street South)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: wm.king4@gmail.com

Architecture


Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

Walking tour: Welcome to my neighborhood - DundasDoors Open Hamilton

New

Walking tour: Welcome to my neighborhood - Dundas

Join Dundas resident Stan Nowak for an engaging walking tour along King and Hatt streets. Starting around 1800, Dundas became a major manufacturing centre in Ontario. By the mid-19th-century, it was also a major shipping point. Since then, an impressive residential area has grown here among manufacturing establishments, tanneries, textile producers and foundries. Learn more through this informative walking tour.

  • Guided tours available
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

Meet at the Dundas Museum & Archives, 139 Park Street West
Dundas, Ontario
Email: basil.cottage@sympatico.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various

Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 08

Wentworth Baptist ChurchDoors Open Hamilton

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Wentworth Baptist Church

Indwell will be incorporating elements of the original stone house, currently enveloped by additions to the Wentworth Baptist Church, in their new affordable-housing building, the Stonehouse Apartments. During Doors Open, come and tour the site to see the house (c. 1870s) and church sanctuary (c. 1924), which will be retrofitted, plus an aerial video that explains the site’s upcoming transformation.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

120 Wentworth Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: thowe@indwell.ca
https://indwell.ca/projects/hamilton-stonehouse-apartments

Architecture

Year built: 1870s and 1924
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Whitehern Historic House and GardenDoors Open Hamilton

Whitehern Historic House and Garden

The Whitehern Historic House and Garden is a mid-19th-century urban estate maintained by the McQuesten family for three generations. It was built in 1848 with a 1930s addition. The home includes original family furnishings from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras in the context of Thomas B. McQuesten’s career in 1939. Visitors can explore period rooms through guided tours.

  • Guided tours available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms

Contact info

41 Jackson Street West (at MacNab Street South)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: whitehern@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/whitehern

Architecture

Year built: 1848
Building type: Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

May 08 - May 08

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House)Doors Open Hamilton

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House)

The style and construction of the Custom House, one of Canada’s oldest remaining federal public buildings, reflect the rise of Hamilton as a major railway and port. Often cited as one of Hamilton’s foremost architectural landmarks, it currently houses the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, a community museum dedicated to celebrating all working people through art, history and culture.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

51 Stuart Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: florencia@wahc-museum.ca
https://wahc-museum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1858-60; 1995-96 (restoration)
Building type: Historical landmark Museum
Architect: F.J. Rastrick and F.P. Rubridge

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07