Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor


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 20 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.


Contact information

1 In-person Doors Open site

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


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