Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Windsor

in-person event information

Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From Old Sandwich Town in the west and Olde Walkerville in the east to parts in between, discover Windsor's story and learn about the people and events that shaped our city's rich history. Visit award-winning buildings that are changing Windsor's landscape and bringing pride of place and renewal to the city. You're invited to step into the Windsor experience. Welcome!

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COVID-19 protocols

For up-to-date COVID-19 protocols, check the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at the time of this event.

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Main sponsor

Doors Open Windsor is made possible with the support of the City of Windsor.

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Contact information

All Saints' Anglican ChurchDoors Open Windsor

All Saints' Anglican Church

Windsor’s first Anglican church was built between 1855 and 1857 to meet the needs of the growing village. It briefly served as a garrison church in 1866 when troops were stationed in Barrack's Square (currently City Hall Square). The spire was added in 1875. Many of the modern wooden carvings in the chancel were created by David Pepper, master carver.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

330 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario
Email: rectory@allsaintswindsor.ca
https://allsaintswindsor.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1855-57
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Albert Jordon, Detroit

Dates/hours open

Sep 25 - Sep 25

Art Windsor EssexDoors Open Windsor

New

Art Windsor Essex

This gallery features dramatic glass structures that face the Detroit River and skyline on the north and overlook the city of Windsor to the south. Built in 2000, it is open and spacious, made from a mix of stone, glass and metal. It houses a fine collection of permanent and rotating exhibits, and is one of Windsor's finest public buildings.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

401 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario
Email: visit@agw.ca
https://www.agw.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2000
Building type: Gallery
Architect: Moffat Kinoshita, R&P Design

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

Assumption Church (Our Lady of the Assumption)Doors Open Windsor

Assumption Church (Our Lady of the Assumption)

Founded in 1728 to serve the Huron Indians, Assumption is the oldest Catholic parish west of Montreal. Construction of the current building started in 1842 and the church opened in 1845. The architect, Robert Thomas Elliot, received $10 for his work. Once an endangered heritage building, Assumption Church is currently undergoing a massive restoration project that began in 2019.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

350 Huron Church Road
Windsor, Ontario
Email: assumption@dol.ca
https://assumptionparish.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1842-45
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Robert Thomas Elliot

Dates/hours open

Sep 25 - Sep 25

Bedford United ChurchDoors Open Windsor

Bedford United Church

Bedford United was built as a Methodist church in 1906-07. The sanctuary features curved wooden pews, leather-covered doors and stained-glass windows. In 1920, its most famous pastor, J.O.L. Spracklin, a leading area prohibitionist, famously shot and killed a bar owner and was later acquitted. The church, in historical Sandwich, is part of the Canada’s Historic Places inventory.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

3340 Sandwich Street
Windsor, Ontario
Email: bedford@mnsi.net
http://www.bedfordunited.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1906-07
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

Canadian Aviation Museum (formerly the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association)Doors Open Windsor

Canadian Aviation Museum (formerly the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association)

The Canadian Aviation Museum is housed in the last remaining hanger of the #7 Elementary Flying Training School, which was used during the Second World War and is located at Windsor International Airport. The museum's mission is to preserve and restore vintage military and civilian aircraft that are important to Canadian aviation history.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking

Contact info

2600 Airport Road (off Walker Road)
Windsor, Ontario
Email: info@canadianaviationmuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

Chimczuk Museum (Museum Windsor)Doors Open Windsor

Chimczuk Museum (Museum Windsor)

The Chimczuk Museum, located on the ground floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor, is a premier museum destination that houses permanent exhibits on the history of the Windsor area, including the Original Peoples Culture and Legacy Gallery, as well as the development of the city. François Baby House, also part of Doors Open Windsor, is a block away.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 2000
Building type: Museum
Architect: Moffat Kinoshita R&P Design

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

Duff-Baby HouseDoors Open Windsor

Duff-Baby House

Duff-Baby House, one of Windsor’s oldest buildings, was built in 1798 for Alexander Duff, a Scottish fur merchant. The identity of the architect is unknown, but this Georgian design style was brought to Upper Canada by United Empire Loyalists in the late 18th century. The house was restored in the 1990s and is owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust.

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Architecture

Year built: 1798
Building type: Historical landmark
Architect: Unknown

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

François Baby House (Museum Windsor)Doors Open Windsor

François Baby House (Museum Windsor)

American forces commandeered this building in July 1812 after hostilities broke out with the United States. The house, which served as American headquarters and subsequently the British artillery base during the War of 1812, is also where the final engagement of the Upper Canada Rebellion took place in 1838. The museum features French history along with permanent and travelling exhibits.

  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 1812 (foundations)
Building type: Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre of WindsorDoors Open Windsor

Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre of Windsor

The Hindu faith organization was established in Windsor in 1968 and provides educational services on religious and cultural scriptures. Built in 2015, the Mandir (Hindu Temple) was privately funded by members of the growing Hindu community, numbering over 1,000 families. It is distinguished by arches over windows and doors. In 2019, the Vimana, which shelters the inner sanctum, was added.









  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

7007 Enterprise Way
Windsor, Ontario
Email: mandirwindsor@yahoo.ca
http://www.hmccw.org

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: S. Bagga

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

J.P. Wiser's Experience at Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.Doors Open Windsor

J.P. Wiser's Experience at Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.

Founded in 1858, this is one of North America’s largest distilleries, producing 45 million litres (nearly 12 million gallons) of alcohol annually. Forty-five-minute tours require climbing six sets of stairs (with virtual tours available for those who can’t). Visitors must be 19-plus and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Whisky tasting for a nominal fee, per Liquor Licence Board of Ontario regulations.

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

Contact info

2072 Riverside Drive East, Building 20
Windsor, Ontario
Email: brandon-marett@pernod-ricard.com
https://www.jpwiserstour.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1970s; renovations in 2017
Building type: Commercial Food and drink
Architect: Hiram Walker (founder)

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

Mackenzie Hall Cultural CentreDoors Open Windsor

Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre

Mackenzie Hall, the former Essex County Courthouse, was built in 1855 by Mackenzie Builders. Canada's second prime minister, Alexander Mackenzie, was head of this building firm. It is the fourth courthouse built on this site and contains part of the original 1850s jail. This stately stone landmark is now used as a cultural centre for the City of Windsor.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Building type: Historical landmark
Architect: Albert H. Jordan

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

Masonic TempleDoors Open Windsor

Masonic Temple

Opened in 1922, Windsor's Masonic Temple is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Designed by architect J.C. Pennington in the neoclassical revival style, it was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1995. Many of the furnishings in the lodge rooms date back to the late 1800s. The Temple has a large ballroom and is a popular spot for banquets and meetings.






  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Videos

Contact info

986 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
Email: info@squareandcompass.ca
http://www.masonictempleballroom.com

Architecture

Year built: 1922
Building type: Commercial Historical landmark
Architect: J.C. Pennington

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

Olde Walkerville TheatreDoors Open Windsor

Olde Walkerville Theatre

This theatre was designed by C. Howard Crane, one of North America’s pre-eminent movie palace architects. Detroit native Crane became one of the major architects for Fox movie theatres (later 20th Century Fox). His theatres were known for their excellent acoustics and plush interiors. Today, in addition to being a performance venue, the theatre is available for weddings and meetings.

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

Contact info

1564 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, Ontario
https://www.oldewalkervilletheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Building type: Theatre
Architect: C. Howard Crane

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

St. John's Anglican Church and CemeteryDoors Open Windsor

St. John's Anglican Church and Cemetery

During the War of 1812, retreating Americans burned the original church (c. 1803-06) to the ground. In 1819, a new brick church was built. Additions were made in 1843 and 1852. In 1871, the rear portion of the building was rebuilt in the Gothic style. Gravestones in the adjoining churchyard boast the names of scores of Sandwich pioneers.

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

Contact info

3305 Sandwich Street
Windsor, Ontario
https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=8529

Architecture

Year built: 1819
Building type: Cemetery Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

St. Mary's Anglican ChurchDoors Open Windsor

St. Mary's Anglican Church

The sons of Hiram and Mary Walker built St. Mary's as a gift in memory of their parents. A massive tower dominates the exterior. The brick walls are faced with rough-textured Amherstburg limestone. A stone marker commemorates the 100th anniversary of the church. The lych gate leads to a cemetery, where many Walker family members are buried.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1983 St. Mary's Gate
Windsor, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1904
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson of Boston, Massachusetts

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

Walker Power BuildingDoors Open Windsor

New

Walker Power Building

Inspired by Albert Kahn and completed in 1911, the original industrial building was built for Hiram Walker, founder of Canadian Club. Today, tenants include architects, engineers and lawyers. In recent years, the derelict building fell into severe disrepair. But it was renovated in 2019 and has been transformed into an award-winning commercial space, preserving its heritage features.

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

Contact info

325 Devonshire Road
Windsor, Ontario
Email: aarona@glossassociates.com
http://glosassociates.com

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Building type: Commercial
Architect: J.E. Kinsey; renovated in 2019 by Aleo Associates

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

Willistead Manor Coach HouseDoors Open Windsor

Willistead Manor Coach House

The Willistead Manor Coach House was originally a horse stable. This summer, the main room will host a permanent exhibit telling the story of the Walker family who built Willistead Manor and who were integral to Walkerville’s formation. The Coach House is ideal for gatherings up to 60 people. Note: Willistead Manor itself will not be open to visitors.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 1904-06
Building type: Museum
Architect: Albert Kahn

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25

Windsor Public Library, John Muir BranchDoors Open Windsor

Windsor Public Library, John Muir Branch

This building was constructed as a firehall in Sandwich in 1921. After a 2019 renovation, which transformed it from derelict to multi-award winning, it is now described as "the community's living room." A suspended walkway joins the main library to a reused and rare surviving 19th-century firehall stable. It’s a spectacular and innovative example of adaptive reuse and heritage restoration.

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

Contact info

363 Mill Street
Windsor, Ontario
Email: customerservice@windsorpubliclibrary.com
https://www.windsorpubliclibrary.com

Architecture

Year built: 1921; renovated in 2019
Building type: Library
Architect: Gilbert J.P. Jacques (1921); Jason Grossi (2019)

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 25