Doors Open Burlington, September 28

This Saturday is your chance to explore historic buildings, places of worship, museums, private homes, industrial areas, green buildings, heritage gardens and other interesting venues, some of which are rarely accessible to the public.

Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge.

Check out the places to visit in Burlington this weekend:

 

Burlington Art Centre

www.burlingtonartcentre.on.ca

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1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington
Ph:905-632-7796
       Architect: John Harkness        Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A focal point on the Burlington waterfront since 1978, the centre, designed by John Harkness, houses the world’s largest permanent collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics, provides gallery and studio spaces and features a courtyard and conservatory. Only one other facility like it exists in Canada.

Freeman Station

www.freemanstation.ca

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1285 Fairview Street
Burlington
      Year built: 1906
Building type: Historic landmark
    Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Burlington Grand Trunk Railway station was built in 1906 and served Burlington until 1988. This building is the only one in Burlington whose historical and architectural significance has been recognized municipally, provincially and nationally. The Friends of Freeman Station group is in the process of restoring the station. Come and see it in its new home.

Gingerbread House Garden

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13175 Ontario Street
BurlingtonPh: 905-336-2776
     Year built: 1893
Architect: Alfred B. Coleman     Landscape type: Garden
Style: Queen Anne

Building type: Private residence

    Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and see the lovely Victorian garden and fountain at this property. The grand, two-and-a-half-storey frame house was built in 1893 in the Queen Anne revival style by Alfred B. Coleman, general contractor and lumber dealer. He built several buildings in Burlington, including the Brant Hotel. The house is not open to visitors.

Joseph Brant Museum

www.museumsofburlington.com

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1240 North Shore Blvd. East
Burlington
Ph:
905-634-3556
     Year built: 1937-38
Building type: Museum
     Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Joseph Brant Museum is a reconstruction of the home of one of Canada’s colourful heroes, Captain Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), a prominent Mohawk leader and Loyalist. The building was constructed in 1937-38, and the museum opened its doors in June 1942. The museum has a collection of more than 10,000 artifacts.

Lowville United Church

www.nelsonunited.ca

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5800 Guelph Line
Burlington
Ph:
905-335-7046
      Year built: 1872
Building type: Place of worship
     Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1872 on lands provided by Thomas Colling, Lowville United Church has a fieldstone foundation made from orange bricks from the Bronte area. The structure is a fine example of mid-Victorian vernacular Gothic revival church architecture, featuring lancet windows with corbelled brick “eyebrow” detail and dressed limestone sills. Heritage designation granted 1984.

Masonic Lodge

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463 Brant Street
Burlington
     Year built: 1850-53
Architect: James Allen
     Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The original building, constructed between 1850 and 1853, housed James Allen’s carriage-making business, which produced many of the horse carts and sleighs for the Hamilton Street Railway. The Masons purchased the building in 1909 and expanded it in 1953-54. The lodge room and banquet room are on the second floor; the first floor is rented for commercial purposes.

Nelson United Church

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2437 Dundas Street
Burlington
Ph:
905-305-0911
     Style: Neoclassical
Building type: Place of worship
     Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This one-storey fieldstone church was built in 1859 in the neoclassical meeting-house style. The Springer family (for which the nearby Springer House is named) donated the land for the cemetery, one of the oldest in the former Nelson Township. Come and see the displays and enjoy self-guided tours of the church and cemetery.

St. John’s Anglican Church

www.stjohnsburlington.ca

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2464 Dundas Street
Burlington
Ph:
905-336-5164
     Year built: 1834
Building type: Place of worship
     Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. John’s is the second-oldest Anglican church in Burlington. Worship has taken place in the present building since 1839. This unique church has two stained-glass windows and a restored burying ground with grave markers as old as the church itself.

St. Luke’s Anglican Church

www.stlukesburlington.ca

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1382 Ontario Street
Burlington
Ph:
905-634-1826
     Year built: 1834
Building type: Place of worship
     Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chief Joseph Brant’s daughter, Elizabeth, donated part of the Crown land he was granted for services rendered during the American Revolution for the construction of St. Luke’s Church. Completed in 1834 and consecrated in 1838, St. Luke’s is the oldest church in Burlington. View the many stained-glass windows and carvings.

Walking tours of Heritage Burlington

www.burlington.ca

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Meet at 414 Locust Street (Tourism Burlington)
Burlington
Ph:
905-335-7600, ext. 7458
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore downtown Burlington’s charm by taking a walking tour of more than 30 older homes and heritage sites. At Tourism Burlington’s office, municipal heritage committee maps are available for two self-guided tours: the Burlington Art Centre Neighbourhood Tour and the Burlington Downtown Tour. Guided tours are offered at 1 p.m.

Source: Doors Open Ontario

 

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