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Waterloo Region

Event information

Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, Doors Open Waterloo Region will focus on our "built region," with the theme of Places, Patterns and Plans.

Come and explore how the fabric of our built environment is woven from the threads of urban planning and land use, infrastructure and engineering, public spaces and transportation, and – of course – architectural design.

Thirty-four sites in our cities and townships – most of them not normally open to the public – will participate in our 16th annual event.

As usual, there are plenty of extras. Read the site listings closely to find our seven talks, an architecturally themed art exhibition opening, and a Doors Open kickoff event and site celebration on the evening of Friday, September 14, held in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust and Doors Open Ontario.

Finally, at six of our technology sites, we're partnering with Startup Open House (where you can explore startup offices and connect with CEOs and founders who are shaping the future of business)!

For more information, visit our website.

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Community information

Waterloo Region is a vital and prosperous area in southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Toronto.

The region is made up of three urban municipalities – Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo – and four rural townships – North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. With a combined population of more than 553,000 people, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Ontario. It is expected to reach a total population of 729,000 by 2031.

Waterloo Region residents enjoy excellent educational institutions, health services and cultural and recreational facilities. The Region of Waterloo International Airport affords convenient access to domestic and international destinations. (Toronto's Pearson International Airport is only 45 minutes away.) Waterloo Region is also distinguished by exceptional access to quality post-secondary educational institutions and world-class skills and talent. The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning host over 50,000 post-secondary students annually – including 10,000 graduate and 11,000 cooperative education students. Wilfrid Laurier University has one of the largest business schools in Canada and is renowned for its science and music faculties. The University of Waterloo is home to the largest cooperative education program in the world, and is consistently ranked first in its role as the nation's most innovative university.

Our balance of urban and rural landscapes and lifestyles, skilled labour force, proximity to major North American markets and transportation networks, as well as diverse ethnic makeup, contribute to the continued success of this area.

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Contact info

Telephone: 519-747-5139
Email: doorsopen@regionofwaterloo.ca
Website: www.regionofwaterloo.ca/doorsopen

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34 sites found

44 Gaukel Doors Open Waterloo Region

44 Gaukel

Kitchener’s combined arts and technology hub began as a partnership between Accelerator Centre and ArtsBuild Ontario. See how this former Canada Post depot has been repurposed into an innovation centre, housing tech companies, studio space and an art gallery. During Doors Open, this site will also be participating in Startup Open House. Job seekers, investors, curious neighbours: Discover startup culture!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

44 Gaukel Street
Kitchener, Ontario
www.44gaukelarts.com

Architecture

Year built: 1962-64
Architect: Barnett and Rieder Architects, Kitchener
Architectural style: Modernism

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Accelerator Centre Headquarters Doors Open Waterloo Region

Accelerator Centre Headquarters

This centre is among the top performing startup accelerators anywhere, providing award-winning programming, mentorship and other resources to entrepreneurs. Tour the building, an early innovator of environmentally sustainable design, and meet inspiring entrepreneurs who are creating the next wave of innovation. During Doors Open, this site will also be participating in Startup Open House. Discover startup culture!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

295 Hagey Blvd.
Waterloo, Ontario
www.acceleratorcentre.com

Architecture

Year built: 2006
Architect: Robertson Simmons Architects, Laird Robertson, Kitchener
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ACL Steel Doors Open Waterloo Region

ACL Steel

Tour this 3,530-square-metre (38,000 square-foot) facility, where structural steel building frames are designed, manufactured and shipped to large-scale construction projects in Waterloo Region and across North America. Learn about both sides of the manufacturing process – from office to shop floor, from design modelling and drafting, to heavy equipment, cutting, welding, machining and finishing. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2255 Shirley Drive
Kitchener, Ontario
www.aclsteel.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2005

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At Home: Residential Architecture in Waterloo Doors Open Waterloo Region

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At Home: Residential Architecture in Waterloo

This exhibition at the City of Waterloo Museum takes you on a tour of our neighbourhoods and the architectural styles found around the city. Explore several house styles and take a look at homes that speak to who we are, how we live and what we aspire to be. A 3 p.m. talk speaks to the birth of Waterloo’s suburbs.

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

Contact info

550 King Street North (Conestoga Mall)
Waterloo, Ontario
www.waterloo.ca/museum

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brubacher House Museum Doors Open Waterloo Region

Brubacher House Museum

Explore the history of the Brubacher family, other Mennonite settlers and earlier Indigenous inhabitants at Brubacher House beside Columbia Lake, University of Waterloo. Enjoy guided tours of the multi-level Pennsylvania-German farmhouse, a video created by the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, and a special 3 p.m. talk about the long history of this rapidly changing landscape.

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

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275 Frank Tompa Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/about-grebel/our-partners/brubacher-house

Architecture

Year built: 1850; renovated 1970s
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carizon Family and Community Services Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Carizon Family and Community Services

Come and see where over 45 community partners meet once a week to support at-risk members of the Kitchener-Waterloo community. Tour Carizon – a purpose-built mental health and community services hub. This creative gathering place is home to globally recognized and innovative collaborations, among them the Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region and The Waterloo Region Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

400 Queen Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
www.carizon.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2000
Architect: Robert J. Dyck Architect and Engineer Inc., Kitchener

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Catalyst137 and Miovision Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Catalyst137 and Miovision

Catalyst137 – the world's largest “Internet of Things” (IoT) hardware space – is helping Kitchener-Waterloo's IoT companies compete globally. Anchor tenant Miovision, with roots in traffic solutions, is now helping cities become smart cities. Join the 11 a.m. talk: What is a City? Interpreting Change in the Urban Landscape. During Doors Open, this site will also be participating in Startup Open House.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

137 Glasgow Street
Kitchener , Ontario
www.catalyst-137.com

Architecture

Year built: 1956; 1968; 2016-17
Architect: SRM Architects, Kitchener (2016-17)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Central Presbyterian Church Doors Open Waterloo Region

Central Presbyterian Church

Rare bell tower tours will be offered at this, one of Waterloo Region’s great church buildings, immediately recognizable for its patterned slate roof and picturesque location on the Grand River. The 56-metre (184-foot) spire contains 10 bells, rung weekly. Highlights include a beautiful curving gallery from 1889, a 1928 Casavant organ, and stained glass from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

7 Queen's Square
Cambridge, Ontario
www.centralchurchcambridge.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880-82
Architect: John Hall Jr., Guelph, with W.H. Mallory
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conestoga College Applied Research Hub and Grand Innovations Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Conestoga College Applied Research Hub and Grand Innovations

Tour these large facilities inside a former machinery factory. Conestoga’s Applied Research Hub has advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and advanced recycling as focus areas. Grand Innovations is a new non-profit organization that supports local businesses to improve innovation and competitiveness. During Doors Open, this site is also participating in Startup Open House. Job seekers, investors, curious neighbours: discover the startup culture!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

96 Grand Avenue South (The Gaslight District)
Cambridge, Ontario
www.conestogac.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1890-1913; renovated 2017-18
Architect: MartinSimmons Architects Inc., Kitchener (2017-18)
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Deloitte Canada – Kitchener-Waterloo Office Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Deloitte Canada – Kitchener-Waterloo Office

This building and the iconic smokestack outside were built nearly 100 years ago by the Lang Tanning Company. Meticulously restored and renovated, Deloitte’s workplace on Joseph Street combines early 20th-century industrial architecture elements – exposed brick and wood-beamed ceilings – with innovative individual and collaborative work areas. Join the talk at 1:30 p.m. – Designing our neighbourhoods: Trends and influences over 150 years.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

195 Joseph Street
Kitchener, Ontario
www.deloitte.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1925; renovated 2017
Architect: Gensler (2017)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DOZR Inc. and RouteThis Doors Open Waterloo Region

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DOZR Inc. and RouteThis

DOZR, on the main floor at the former Berlin/Kitchener Fire Hall No. 2, is an asset-free, online heavy equipment rental platform revolutionizing the way that the construction industry accesses equipment. Upstairs is RouteThis, a growing firm that intelligently automates technical support for companies worldwide. During Doors Open, this site will also be participating in Startup Open House. Discover startup culture!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

318 Duke Street West
Kitchener, Ontario
www.dozr.com

Architecture

Year built: 1913

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elmira’s Own Doors Open Waterloo Region

Elmira’s Own

Go behind the scenes for guided tours of the big, climate-controlled greenhouses at Elmira's Own and see how beefsteak and other tomatoes are now grown, year-round and pesticide free, using LED supplemental lighting. In their technologically advanced greenhouses, Elmira's Own grows vine-ripened, handpicked greenhouse vegetables, and packs and markets them to more than two dozen retail locations.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2191 Arthur Street North
Elmira, Ontario
www.elmirasown.com

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Galt Carnegie Library Building Doors Open Waterloo Region

Galt Carnegie Library Building

Its monumental, ornate stone beaux arts portico with Ionic columns and other fine sculptural work makes this the grandest of Waterloo Region’s surviving Carnegie library buildings. The building owners have retained many original interior elements. Inside, find intricate ceiling plasterwork, pillars and pilasters, restored wood trim and broad staircase, and both stained and leaded glass.

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  • Washrooms

Contact info

34 Water Street North
Cambridge, Ontario
www.pcisred.com

Architecture

Year built: 1903
Architect: F.W. Mellish
Architectural style: Beaux arts, Classical revival
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Galt Collective Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Galt Collective

This co-working space in the historical former South Waterloo Agricultural Society building is freshly opened and ready to be enjoyed. Located on the Grand River and part of the downtown core, Galt Collective is set to become a creative hub for work, collaboration and community. Tour this newly renovated industrial office/event space that shares the building with the Blackwing Café.

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  • Washrooms

Contact info

135 George Street North, Suite 101
Cambridge, Ontario
www.galtcollective.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1923

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grand River Pedestrian Bridge Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Grand River Pedestrian Bridge

Join City of Cambridge staff for two guided walks of the new pedestrian bridge, built on former rail infrastructure. Learn about the historical significance of this location and the importance of the new bridge to the city’s future. Part of the “Back to the Rivers” initiative, this bridge reconnects Cambridge with the rivers that run through it.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 53 Grand Avenue South (on the Grand River between Water Street South at Founder’s Point and Grand Avenue South at the Cambridge Sculpture Garden)
Cambridge, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2018

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: two walking tours only at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

GSP Group at 72 Victoria Street Doors Open Waterloo Region

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GSP Group at 72 Victoria Street

The former Interior Hardwood Company factory – one of the first brick-and-beam factory conversions in downtown Kitchener – houses this 836-square-metre (9,000-square-foot) office where planners, designers and landscape architects enjoy the high-ceilinged, open and light-filled space. Tour this key piece of industrial heritage and find out about GSP’s urban design, planning, and landscape architecture projects in the downtown.

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  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

72 Victoria Steet South, Suite 201
Kitchener, Ontario
www.gspgroup.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1903; 1914; 1929; renovated 2000
Architect: C.E. Cowan, Kitchener (1903)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 804 Doors Open Waterloo Region

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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 804

Try your hand at the electrical trade and take a tour inside the new 743-square-metre (8,000-square-foot) electrical training workshop at IBEW Local 804, which represents over 1,100 members working in the electrical industry, from apprentice and licensed journeyman electricians to high-voltage workers. The facility also houses staff offices, record keeping and member dispatch, as well as oversees apprenticeship/training programs.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

5158 Fountain Street North
Breslau, Ontario
www.ibew804.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architect: ABA Architects Inc., Waterloo

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

King Street Grade Separation Doors Open Waterloo Region

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King Street Grade Separation

Attention engineering, transportation and construction enthusiasts! Region of Waterloo engineers and staff will describe what was required to create one of the biggest, most intricate components of the ION light rail transit project that has divided King Street and ION from passenger and freight rail infrastructure. Guided walks at three set times throughout the day.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at King Street West and Victoria Street
Kitchener , Ontario
www.grt.ca/ION

Architecture

Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: three one-hour guided walks only at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) Doors Open Waterloo Region

Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary)

Tour the $9-million renovation of this mid-century landmark, with its multipurpose chapel, classrooms, bell tower and courtyard. New features include open gathering spaces, a brightened chapel, modernized classrooms, improved ablution facilities for Muslim students and guests, and a welcoming, canopied entrance. In his illustrated talk (1:30 p.m.), architect Terry Montgomery will describe how the renovation balanced heritage preservation and change.

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

Contact info

Near Albert Street and Bricker Avenue
Waterloo, Ontario
https://luther.wlu.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1963; renovated 2017-18
Architect: Karl Kruschen, Kruschen and Dailey, Waterloo (1963); Montgomery Sisam Architects, Toronto (2017-18)
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Educational facility, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MartinSimmons Architects Inc. Doors Open Waterloo Region

MartinSimmons Architects Inc.

This storied firm has designed Doors Open sites and led Doors Open tours, and now is opening its own doors! The beautiful studio space has over 18 linear metres (60 feet) of windows overlooking the rail corridor and downtown Kitchener. Browse displays that feature past, current and upcoming projects, including a participating 2018 Doors Open Waterloo Region site.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

200-113 Breithaupt Street
Kitchener, Ontario
www.martinsimmons.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architect: MartinSimmons Architects, Kitchener (previously Robertson Simmons Architects)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NEO Architecture Inc. Doors Open Waterloo Region

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NEO Architecture Inc.

This petite building began as a produce store with a residence above. Later, it was a clothing shop for almost 50 years. In 2014, architect Laird Robertson bought it and renovated it while maintaining the original façade. NEO is Robertson’s practice with Doug McIntosh. They will host a Doors Open exhibition opening – works by five visual artists, inspired by architecture.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

243 King Street East
Kitchener, Ontario
www.neoarchitecture.ca

Architecture

Year built: built 1929; renovated 2017
Architect: NEO Architecture Inc. (2017)
Architectural style: Art deco, Art moderne
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Old Post Office, Idea Exchange Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Old Post Office, Idea Exchange

A much-anticipated addition, restoration and adaptive re-use of the former Galt Post Office has created the Idea Exchange digital library with creative studios, discovery centre, makerspace, heritage reading room café and spectacular Grand River views. Guided tours will bridge the centuries. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a talk entitled Carnegie Libraries: A Legacy of Form and Function.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

12 Water Street South
Cambridge, Ontario
www.ideaexchange.org

Architecture

Year built: 1885; 2018
Architect: Thomas Fuller, Ottawa (1885); RDH Architects, Toronto (2018)
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shopify Inc. Doors Open Waterloo Region

Shopify Inc.

Join Shopify for guided tours, refreshments and more! Shopify – the leading commerce platform for small and medium-sized businesses worldwide – is located in a former barrel warehouse for Seagram distillery. It was expanded into a museum in 1984, earning a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. During Doors Open, this site will also be participating in Startup Open House. Discover startup culture!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

57 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario
www.shopify.ca

Architecture

Year built: Built 1878, 1984; renovated 2016
Architect: Barton Myers Associates, Toronto (1984); WalterFedy, Kitchener (2016)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Columba Anglican Church Doors Open Waterloo Region

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St. Columba Anglican Church

This little church’s modest exterior belies an exceptional collection of decorative art that enlivens the space beneath the modern wood ceiling – colourful quilted banners, embroidered cushions, brilliant stained glass, wood carvings, metalwork, ink-on-paper drawings – all by Nancy Lou Patterson (b. 1929). Join an 11 a.m. talk – The gift to be simple: The religious and secular art of Nancy Lou Patterson.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

250 Lincoln Road
Waterloo, Ontario
www.saintcolumbachurch.com

Architecture

Year built: 1961
Architect: Horton and Ball, Kitchener
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Mark's Lutheran Church Doors Open Waterloo Region

St. Mark's Lutheran Church

This is possibly one of the last opportunities to see inside St. Mark’s in its current form. With its wood panelling and handsome hammer-beam roof, the English Gothic style of St. Mark’s is a jewel of local craftsmanship. See original architectural drawings and historical photos and artifacts from the congregation’s 1912 founding.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

825 King Street West
Kitchener, Ontario
www.stmarkskw.org

Architecture

Year built: 1938
Architect: B.A. Jones, Kitchener
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; pipe organ recitals on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Matthews Lutheran Church Doors Open Waterloo Region

St. Matthews Lutheran Church

The interior is a treasure – among the finest in the region. Flooded with light through huge transept windows, the rib-vaulted sanctuary has changed little since 1914. Original features include a wrap-around gallery, brass chandeliers and carved woodwork. The 3,000-pipe Casavant organ is among the largest of its kind in Canada. At 3 p.m., visitors will hear it being played!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

54 Benton Street
Kitchener, Ontario
http://stmattskw.com

Architecture

Year built: 1914; 1951
Architect: Spier, Rohns and Gehrke, Detroit (1914); T.N. Mansell, Philadelphia (1951)
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stevanus Family Farm Doors Open Waterloo Region

Stevanus Family Farm

The Stevanuses have grown produce on this family farm since 1921. Take a tour to find out how vegetables are grown, harvested and brought to market. Learn about the seasons of mixed farming, from hayfields to honeybees. Get your hands dirty – dig a sweet potato or pull a beet! The farm stand will also be stocked with produce for sale.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1082 Snyder’s Flats Road
Bloomingdale, Ontario
www.stevanusfarm.ca

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sun Life Financial Doors Open Waterloo Region

Sun Life Financial
The modern Renaissance-style interior of Sun Life Financial – one of Waterloo's best-preserved heritage interiors – features inlaid marble, an elegant great hall with an ornate plaster ceiling, and many other original details. The heritage designation of the 1912 and 1921 façades reflects their importance in the streetscape of Waterloo. Guided tours through the building’s historical sections will be offered.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

227 King Street South
Waterloo, Ontario
www.sunlife.com

Architecture

Year built: 1912; 1921
Architect: Darling & Pearson, Toronto; Sharp & Horner, Toronto
Architectural style: Beaux arts, Renaissance revival

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge (former Riverside Silk Mill) Doors Open Waterloo Region

University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge (former Riverside Silk Mill)

The last industrial plant built on the Grand River in Galt, the Riverside Silk Mill had large, open spaces flooded with natural light. Its industrial atmosphere, spacious interior and spectacular town and river views were enhanced in its School of Architecture transformation. Over 7,430 square metres (80,000 square feet), it also houses a restaurant and the Design at Riverside gallery.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, Ontario
https://uwaterloo.ca/architecture

Architecture

Year built: 1919-38; renovated 2004
Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects (2004 renovation)
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House Doors Open Waterloo Region

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House

This landmark’s exteriors are heritage designated and the interiors have been adapted. The Friends of the Governor’s House and Gaol and Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council will be your hosts. Join the celebration on Friday, September 14 (from 7 to 8:30 p.m.) at the Gaol Garden for A Place for All Seasons, in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
www.preventingcrime.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-53 (gaol); 1878 (Governor's House)
Architect: Mellish & Russell, Brantford (gaol); D.W. Gingerich, Waterloo (Governor's House)
Architectural style: Classical revival, Italianate, Victorian
Building type: Courthouse, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower Doors Open Waterloo Region

Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower

Visitors will have rare access to the observation deck of this tower, which commemorates the arrival of Pennsylvania-Germans to Waterloo Region c. 1800, and built partly as a goodwill response to anti-German sentiment during the First World War. Its random-coursed fieldstone construction, tapered Swiss copper roof and Conestoga wagon weathervane reflect the origin and farming lifestyle of these early settlers.

Tell us your story about this site

  • French services available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

300 Lookout Lane
Kitchener, Ontario
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/decouvrir-discover/waterloo

Architecture

Year built: 1926; restored 1997-2002
Architect: William Langton, Toronto
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wesley United Church Doors Open Waterloo Region

Wesley United Church

The interior and exterior of this stone church are studies in architectural grace and beauty. See the sanctuary with original woodwork and stained-glass windows – including the designated rose window – the gallery and chapel. During Doors Open, Wesley’s Apple Corps will host their Apple Dumpling Café from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Informal concerts on the pipe organ will also be offered.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

6 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, Ontario
www.wesleyunited.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1879-95
Architect: James Dalgleish, Galt
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Woolwich Township Joint Fire/EMS Station Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Woolwich Township Joint Fire/EMS Station

Find out how an emergency services facility works. At the first combined fire and Emergency Medical Services facility in the Township of Woolwich, modern design ensures the success of the different operations. The fire station will be open, with fire and architectural design staff present to answer questions and explain the finer points of the operation.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

51 Beacon Point Court
Breslau, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: John MacDonald Architect, Kitchener

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.