Door Open Halton – Oakville Locations

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Date(s) - Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Doors Open Halton Region

Halton Region invites you to share its rich heritage, cultural diversity and stunning natural beauty. From the urban centres on Lake Ontario’s shore to the rural splendour of the Niagara Escarpment, there is much to explore.

Oakville Locations:

Oakville – Al Falah Islamic Centre
www.alfalahcentre.ca
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
391 Burnhamthorpe Road East
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-257-4262
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Established in 1997, the Al Falah Islamic Centre supports Oakville and its surrounding communities. Al Falah’s mission is to provide religious, social and educational services that facilitate spiritual and intellectual growth within the community while providing authentic, relevant and meaningful knowledge. During Doors Open, calligraphy, face painting for children, henna tatoos and refreshments will be available.

Oakville – ‘Anitra’ Schooner
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
56 Water Street (Oakville Club)
Oakville, Ontario
Year built: 1926
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Designed by Montye Macrae and built in Hamilton in 1926, the wooden schooner Anitra is known as the Queen of Lake Ontario. Visitors are welcome to come aboard and discover the joys of sailing and racing, and see how the Anitra was constructed.

Oakville – Canadian Forces Armoury Oakville
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
90 Thomas Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-0604
Year built: 1928-29
Building type: Commercial, Military
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1928-29 by the owners of the Gibson Hotel, this structure has over the years been a dairy and a bowling alley. The armoury building has housed a sub-unit of the Lorne Scots Regiment since 1933. The Lorne Scots Regiment is an infantry regiment of the army reserve.

Oakville – Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum
www.rcga.org/cghf
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1333 Dorval Drive (Glen Abbey Golf Club)
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-849-9700
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the hall of fame and museum, operated by Golf Canada, to learn about the history of golf and its unique role in Canadian history, champions and championships, and technical aspects of golf equipment manufacturing. Tour the exhibit and show off your skills on the putting green. The museum’s knowledgeable historians will identify and appraise visitors’ golf-related artifacts for free.

Oakville – Heritage Walks
www.oakvillehistory.org
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at 110 King Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-2695
Landscape type: Landscape
Saturday only: guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Enjoy a one-hour walk exploring Old Oakville. Walkers can learn about the history of the town, brought to life with anecdotes and the histories of its first inhabitants. Appreciate many of the town’s oldest homes dating back to the 1820s.

Oakville – Knox Presbyterian Church
www.knoxoakville.com
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
89 Dunn Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-3472
Year built: 1888
Architect: Peter Brass
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This red brick Gothic-style building was dedicated on May 20, 1888. The church steeple still rises over Oakville’s main street. In 1919, the organ and the renowned Last Supper stained-glass windows were added. This stained glass is known to be among the top in Canada. Visit this beautiful historical building and walk through the lovely Memorial Gardens.

Oakville – Merrick Thomas House
www.oakvillehistory.org
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Lakeside Park, Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
Year built: 1829
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1829 and moved to its present site in 1955, Merrick Thomas House is a fine example of a settler’s house. This one-and-a-half-storey clapboard structure – with the saltbox roofline typical of its period – is constructed of white pine logs squared into 12-inch-by-12-inch timbers on a fieldstone foundation. The Oakville Historical Society now operates the house as a museum.

Oakville – Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
www.oakvillegalleries.com/exhibitions
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
120 Navy Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-4402
Year built: 1967
Style: Brutalism
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; guided tour of Tamara Henderson’s Season’s End: Marshland Frolics at 2 p.m.
Explore the work of Canadian-born, internationally renowned artist Tamara Henderson, known for collecting and creating objects and images from found and recycled materials gathered during her travels. Discover elaborate sewn sculptures, a collection of new props, objects and textile hangings and her latest film work. This project is produced with the support of Glasgow International and REDCAT, Los Angeles.

Oakville – Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
www.oakvillegalleries.com
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1306 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-4402
Year built: 1922
Architect: Lt.-Col. W.G. MacKendrick
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Arts and crafts
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; guided tour of FASTWÜRMS: #Q33R_WTCH_P155 at 3 p.m.
Discover the work of Canadian artist collective FASTWÜRMS, who meld conceptual art with performance, “Witch Nation” mysticism and eclectic do-it-yourself sensibility. This new site-specific exhibition occupies the former estate home of Gairloch Gardens and continues FASTWÜRMS’ ongoing mash-up of visual cultures, bringing together symbols, systems and iconographies from a broad range of esthetic sources.

Oakville – Oakville Greenhouse
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1100 Cornwall Road
Oakville, Ontario
Building type: Green building
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Over 150,000 annuals – including many heirloom varieties – are grown here for the town’s seasonal horticultural displays. The 232-square-metre (2,500-square-foot) conservatory is also home to the Oakville Junior Garden and the Oakville Horticultural Society. During Doors Open, visitors will have the opportunity to pot their own plant.

Oakville – Oakville Historical Society
www.oakvillehistory.org
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
110 King Street
Oakville, Ontario
Year built: 1953
Building type: Private residence
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The cottages that house the Oakville Historical Society were built in the 1950s for the great-granddaughters of Oakville’s founder, William Chisholm. Explore a display depicting Oakville’s history – including many local artifacts and documents, with a special emphasis on Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Oakville – Oakville Masonic Hall
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
125 Thomas Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-827-2074
Year built: 1923
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Masons have been active in Oakville since the early 1800s. Built in 1924, this hall was designed by Brother Connery, an architect and member of the organization. Don’t miss your guided tour through this fine example of beaux arts-style architecture.

Oakville – Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
www.oakville.ca/museum
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-338-4400
Year built: Custom house and bank, c. 1856; estate, c. 1858
Architect: R.K. Chisholm
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Erchless Estate was once the home of Oakville’s founding family and is now the setting for Oakville’s community museum. Come and enjoy the magnificent view of the harbour and its historical gardens. Tour the family estate and join activities to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Oakville – Oakville’s First Post Office
www.oakville.ca/museum
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Lakeside Park, at the corner of Front and Thomas streets
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-338-4400
Year built: 1835
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the early 1950s, this building was saved from demolition and moved to Lakeside Park, where it now serves as a museum. Learn about how letters were written and transported 150 years ago. Try your hand at writing with a quill pen.

Oakville – Palermo Schoolhouse
www.tths.ca
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2431 Dundas Street West
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-617-0068
Year built: 1942
Architect: D.A. Wendover and Sons Construction
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This one-room school house offers lots to see and do – heritage displays, historical artifacts, photographs, vintage desks and school texts. During Doors Open, there will be books for sale and bag lunches available. Enjoy interactive playtime with wooden toys, as well as explore the new display From Trails to Township: 150 years of Trafalgar along the walking trail.

Oakville – Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
www.oakville.ca/culturerec/queen-elizabeth-park-community-cultural-centre.html
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2302 Bridge Road
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-815-5979
Year built: 1972; 2012
Building type: Green building
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Housed in a renovated, repurposed high school, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre is a unique multi-purpose LEEDS-certified recreation, arts and cultural facility. In celebration of Doors Open and Culture Days, enjoy free family entertainment, live music, art activities, dance and more!

Oakville – St. Andrew’s Church
www.standrewoakville.com
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
41 Reynolds Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-3303
Year built: 1840
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Between 1838 and 1840, town founder William Chisholm donated the land for this church and parishioners raised funds to build it. The beautiful windows and furnishings highlight and emphasize the church’s natural setting. Wander along the adjacent Waterfront Trail and Oakville Trail systems. Special exhibit: the St. John’s Bible – the first illuminated Bible commissioned in over 500 years.

Oakville – St. Andrew’s Parish Centre
www.standrewoakville.com
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
53 Reynolds Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-3303
Year built: 1858
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Regency
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; children’s choir performs throughout the day; coffee and biscuits available for a small donation
Over the years, this home has been a rectory, convent and one of the first separate schools in Ontario. Come and explore displays of the parish’s history and its role in Oakville’s social and cultural life. Enjoy a stroll along the adjacent Waterfront Trail and Oakville Trails. Special high tea available (donation requested), as well as a children’s choir performance.

Oakville – St. Jude’s Anglican Church
www.stjudeschurch.net
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
160 William Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-3972
Year built: 1883; renovations, 1956, 1987
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St Jude’s, established in 1839, has been in the present building since 1883. The bell tower, completed in 1896, houses a set of nine chimes cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England. The tower clock, installed in 1906, is wound by hand once a week. Extensive additions and renovations were completed in 1887, 1924, 1956 and 1987.

Oakville – Sovereign House
http://brontehistoricalsociety.ca
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
7 West River Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-825-5552
Year built: 1846
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This house, completed in 1846, was built for Charles Sovereign, a local justice of the peace, and moved to its present location in 1988. Renowned author Mazo de la Roche lived here between 1910 and 1915. The Bronte Historical Society now operates the house. Take a guided tour and enjoy spectacular views of Bronte Harbour.

Oakville – The Oakville Club
www.oakvilleclub.com
CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
56 Water Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-845-0231, ext. 0
Year built: 1828
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Since 1907, families have been active in sports, recreation and social activities at this landmark community club. While here, discover the charm of the waterfront. Imagine what the facility would have looked like when it was a bustling granary in the 1800s, a First World War airplane hangar and a squash and fitness centre (1980s and 1990s).

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