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Doors Open Ontario:

Waterloo Region

in-person event information

Saturday, September 21, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open Waterloo Region is a day of discovery! Come and explore 26 noteworthy buildings, interesting places and heritage sites. From robots, fire engines and theoretical physics to a 19th-century jail, a farm distillery and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of theatrical sets, props and costumes, there's something for everyone. See how we activate this year's theme of adaptive reuse in sites like St. Mark's Place — a new 43-unit affordable-housing complex built in a church.

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4 In-person Doors Open sites

Region of Waterloo Libraries — Wellesley BranchDoors Open Waterloo Region

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Region of Waterloo Libraries — Wellesley Branch

Located on the main floor of a former schoolhouse, this library comprises two rooms (the adult and children departments), which were once classrooms. The library shares the building with the Wellesley Township Heritage and Historical Society and Theatre Wellesley (also part of Doors Open). Adaptive reuse-themed Take-and-Make kits for kids will also be available (supplies limited, so visit early).

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

1137 Henry Street
Wellesley, Ontario
Email: welib@regionofwaterloo.ca
https://www.rwlibrary.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1898
Building type: Library Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21

Theatre WellesleyDoors Open Waterloo Region

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Theatre Wellesley

Peek behind the curtain of the Studio Theatre for this community group has performed a variety of plays since 1997 as part of their mission to have fun while providing an exciting and entertaining community theatre experience. While you’re in the historical schoolhouse building, visit the Wellesley Township Heritage and Historical Society and the Region of Waterloo Library’s Wellesley Branch.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

1137 Henry Street
Wellesley, Ontario
Email: rhondalouisecaldwell@gmail.com
https://theatrewellesley.com

Architecture

Year built: 1898
Building type: Schoolhouse Theatre

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's HouseDoors Open Waterloo Region

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Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House

Explore Waterloo Region’s oldest buildings — the 1852-53 Gaol (jail) and the 1878 Governor’s House — and learn how community action saved them from demolition. By combining designation with adaptive reuse, the granite Gaol houses Provincial Offences courtrooms. And the Governor’s House (jail warden’s home) contains legal offices. Questions? The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) North Waterloo Branch will be on-hand.

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

Contact info

73-77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
Email: jhaalboom@sympatico.ca
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterloo_County_Gaol

Architecture

Year built: 1852-53 (Gaol), 1878 (Governor’s House)
Building type: Courthouse Historical house
Architect: Mellish & Russell, Brantford (Gaol); D.W. Gingerich, Waterloo (Governor's House)

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21

Wellesley Township Heritage and Historical SocietyDoors Open Waterloo Region

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Wellesley Township Heritage and Historical Society

Explore the Historical Room located upstairs in the old schoolhouse in Wellesley. Home to the historical society since 1979, this great space includes a collection of approximately 1,000 artifacts and documents, 2,000 photographs and 200 books. While you’re visiting the building, be sure to visit Theatre Wellesley and the Region of Waterloo Library’s Wellesley Branch as well.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

1137 Henry Street
Wellesley, Ontario
Email: info@wellesleyhistory.org
https://www.wellesleyhistory.org

Architecture

Year built: 1898
Building type: Museum Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21