Doors Open Hamilton to feature 30 interesting buildings

WhatsOn Apr 30, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The public can wander through 30 interesting Hamilton buildings on May 7-8 as part of the annual Doors Open event.

Organized by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Hamilton Region Branch in partnership with the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects, Doors Open Hamilton 2016 will feature 10 new sites, showcasing the work of architect John M. Lyle.

Three Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board sites will be open to the public this year, including its headquarters, its vast archive and the relocated Mohawk Trail School Museum.  The Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton and Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region are also participating.

The following sites will be open to the public during Hamilton Doors Open (hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

Alpacas from Eighth and Mud, 232 Eighth Rd. East, Stoney Creek

Saturday: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday: noon-4:30 p.m.

Alpacas from Eighth and Mud is a farm that produces most of the fibre and products sold in the farm store. Meet and touch alpacas, and tour the Belfast Mini Mill to see how alpaca fibre is processed for yarn, rugs and roving. Try needling felt and knitting. Sample the jams, jellies and fudge!

Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton, 45 Hempstead Dr., Hamilton Mountain

The Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton is also home to the Hamilton Buddhist Temple, five martial arts organizations and the Hamilton Go Club. During Doors Open, you’ll be greeted by members in traditional costumes and will tour the centre and temple. See martial arts demonstrations. Participate in making Origami, learning Japanese and playing traditional Go board games.

Central Presbyterian Church, 165 Charlton Ave. West, Hamilton, organ recital both days at 2 p.m.

The congregation, celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, renamed their church and relocated to its present location after fire destroyed it in 1906. Built in a graceful neoclassical style, the interior oak panelling, decorative plaster, English and Canadian stained glass and magnificent Casavant pipe organ are largely unchanged.

Children's International Learning Centre, 189 King William St., Hamilton, Ontario

Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Children's International Learning Centre – founded in 1970 on the 25th anniversary of the United Nations – encourages respect for all people and our common environment by offering child/family friendly programs. During Doors Open, learn and compare by continent how the summer solstice is celebrated. View artifacts from over 90 countries, participate in hands-on activities, and take home a craft.

Dundas Museum & Archives, 139 Park St. West, Dundas

Explore the four galleries of the Dundas Museum and Archives, featuring the special 60th anniversary exhibition: 60 Years – Treasures from Our Vault. Join behind-the scenes tours of the 1848 Doctor’s Office and learn about Victorian medicine, as well as the collection vaults to learn about the museum’s archival and artifact collection.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Education Centre, 20 Education Ct., Hamilton Mountain

Visit the new Education Centre, the administrative offices of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. See the special archival exhibit on how the education system and the local health departments worked together for the well-being of the students. View artifacts from the previous education centre and former schools, and tour the council chamber.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Educational Archives and Heritage Centre, 155 Macassa Ave, Hamilton Mountain

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Educational Archives recovers and preserves the history of public education in Hamilton and Wentworth since the 1840s, including student attendance registers, photographs, documents, yearbooks, memorabilia and architectural artifacts from closed schools. View displays on public health in schools. Learn why McMaster University and the University of Toronto came to the Archives during the 2003 SARS outbreak.

Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre, 700 Woodward Ave. (south gate entrance at Brampton Street), Hamilton

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Designed to meet LEED Silver certification, this laboratory aimed to provide a creative and exciting design that accommodates a fully sustainable, adaptable, multi-purpose building. The building will use at least 25 per cent less energy due to these designs and innovative technologies. Note: Children under 10 are not permitted in the laboratory.

Erland Lee (Museum) Home, 552 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek

Come and explore the birthplace of the Women’s Institutes, founded to educate rural women on how to keep their families healthy by pasteurizing milk. Restored to its 1897 grandeur, today’s museum houses original artifacts and furniture from six generations of the Lee family. The board and batten house is an example of Gothic architecture, constructed around the original log cabin.

Ferguson Pumping Station, 231 Ferguson Ave. South, Hamilton

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ferguson Pumping Station, located at the site of the original 1877 steam-powered station, has been providing water to Hamilton’s oldest and most populated areas since 1912. In 2012, a new station was expertly integrated into this sloping site at the base of the Niagara Escarpment while retaining the 1912 decommissioned building.

Gage Park Memorial Fountain, 1000 Main St. East, Hamilton

Eugenia Gage donated $20,000 to memorialize her parents, the former owners of the land acquired for Gage Park in downtown Hamilton (opened by Governor General Lord Willington in 1927 during Canada’s 60th anniversary). The central fountain was restored in 2012-13 to its original height with the reinstallation of the beaux arts-style carved stone column.

Hamilton GO Centre (Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Museum - TH&B), 36 Hunter St. East, Hamilton

This GO Centre is a rare example of an art moderne public building with curved forms, polished metals and machined detailing throughout. Retired staff operate the railway museum on the centre’s mezzanine level and share first-hand experiences of Hamilton’s railway history. Interpretative panels highlight the architecture and reconstruction of this landmark downtown building.

Hamilton Guesthouse in the William Pring House, 158 Mary St., Hamilton

This three-storey limestone house features a beautiful central spiral staircase, grand rooms and a front door and porch dating from the period when Dr. William Hopkins and family lived here (1910-30). Its ownership has changed many times. Currently, it operates as the Hamilton Guesthouse, Hamilton’s first and only backpackers’ hostel. Come and take a self-guided tour. Limited free parking available.

Hamilton Public Library, Waterdown Branch, 163 Dundas St. East, Waterdown

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located on top of the Niagara Escarpment, this building follows the slope of the property. Explore the three terraced levels of the library, culminating with a large reading room hovering above Dundas Street. Take in the special Doors Open medical exhibit in the Flamborough Archives. View the green roof from the patio.

Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region, 6297 Twenty Road East, Glanbrook

The Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region is a spiritual organization serving Hindus of diverse backgrounds living in Hamilton and the surrounding area. The temple, damaged by vandalism in 2001, was rebuilt in 2005 in an exquisite, colourful, Indian architectural style to house the deities in the prayer area.

Mohawk Trail School Museum, 20 Education Ct., Hamilton Mountain

Come to the grand re-opening of the former S.S. No. 5 Barton, a one-room brick school house that served the western part of the former Barton Township. Restored in 1967 as a fully furnished late 1800s all-grades classroom; it was totally refurbished in 2015 when it was relocated. During Doors Open, view displays on public health in rural schools.

Osler House, 30 South St. West, Dundas

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This exquisite Georgian-style house has been lovingly restored, blending 21st-century convenience and technology with 19th-century charm and elegance. It was the childhood home of Sir William Osler (1849-1919), an icon of modern medicine and one of the “Big Four” founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Only the main floor and the grounds will be open during Doors Open.

Philpott Memorial Church, 84 York Blvd., Hamilton

Named after its founder, Peter Wiley Philpott, Philpott Memorial Church has stood like a beacon throughout the 1960s downtown renewal. Founded in 1891, the congregation acquired the present property by 1901 and erected the Christian Workers Chapel. The Gospel tabernacle addition – with seating for 1,500 – opened in 1906.

Ridge Road Estate Winery, 1205 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek

Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Ridge Road Estate Winery property, situated at the edge of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, has been in the family since 1875. The winery, operated with great respect for tradition, quality and value, produces small batches of wine exclusively from hand-picked grapes. Three complimentary wine and small-bite pairings will be available.

Rosedale Tennis Club, 42 Lawrence Rd.

The Rosedale Tennis Club, a fixture in Gage Park since 1924, has three types of court surfaces – hard (i.e., US Open), red clay (i.e., French Open) and “HarTru” (soft and clay-like). Tour the clubhouse and courts. View photos, trophies and a match. Play tennis or learn how to. Try a volleying competition to speed up your serve. Equipment provided.

Shawn & Ed Brewing Company, 65 Hatt St., Dundas

See the transformation of this former curling/skating rink – and, more recently, Valley City Furniture – into a retail craft brewery for the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company. Learn about the adaptive reuse of the building and the development of the brewery. View the tasting and production areas. Guided tours and tastings available for a fee.

The Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

The Staircase Theatre was built in 1914 as a Cataract Power Company transformer substation. In 1996, Hugh Macleod transformed the building into a cultural hub, named after the original three-storey iron spiral staircase. Explore behind the scenes, experience improvisational theatre and visit the redesigned Elaine Mae Theatre from 10 a.m. to Noon both days.

The Textile Building, 10 George St., Hamilton

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Textile Building – originally the E. Van Allen Shirt Company building complex, redeveloped in 1988 – is being renovated into a contemporary office building. Tour the before (4th floor), during (2nd floor) and after (a new glass-enclosed elevator in the four-storey atrium and the garden level, including the Momentum Fitness gym).

The Lyles - Minister, Doctors and Architect, 165 Charlton Ave. West (Central Presbyterian Church)

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Talk on Architect Lyle - 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Talk on Lyle Family and Church - 12:30 p.m.; Talk on Architect Lyle - 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Architect John Lyle’s granddaughter, Lorna Harris, completes her multi-year Doors Open site talks in Hamilton, similar to presentations given at Doors Open events in Toronto (three sites), Ottawa and Kingston. Join 15-minute talks on Lyle’s church, the Gage Park Memorial Fountain and the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge, as well as the accomplished Lyle family. View photos and artifacts.

Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge, York Blvd. at Desjardins Canal

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; drive- or ride-by only; use caution on the Highway 403 on- and off-ramps

This bridge – resulting from an international competition held by the Hamilton Parks Board for the “improvement of the northwestern entrance to the City of Hamilton” – features a pair of monumental pylons at each end, connected by an ornamental metal balustrade. It affords views east to Hamilton Bay and west to Cootes Paradise.

Water Filtration Building - Water Treatment Plant, 900 Woodward Ave., Hamilton

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see how the 2010 extensive structural rehabilitation and architectural facelift returned this plant to its original art deco grandeur. Learn about the drinking water system and the filtration process. See the history of water in Hamilton at the Informational Welcome Centre.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House), 51 Stuart St., Hamilton

Artisan demonstrations both days from 1 to 3 p.m.

Canada’s only national workers’ history museum and art gallery, housed in Hamilton’s former Custom House, celebrates its 20th year. Explore the new Hamilton industrial and labour history app, Workers’ City. Watch local artisans Aimee Burnett make shoes and Anna Zygowski, who restored the museum’s mid-20th-century knitting machine, demonstrate knitting. Related children’s activities available.

A full list of sites and their features is available at doorsopenontario.on.ca.

Doors Open Hamilton to feature 30 interesting buildings

Annual event May 7-8

WhatsOn Apr 30, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The public can wander through 30 interesting Hamilton buildings on May 7-8 as part of the annual Doors Open event.

Organized by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Hamilton Region Branch in partnership with the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects, Doors Open Hamilton 2016 will feature 10 new sites, showcasing the work of architect John M. Lyle.

Three Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board sites will be open to the public this year, including its headquarters, its vast archive and the relocated Mohawk Trail School Museum.  The Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton and Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region are also participating.

The following sites will be open to the public during Hamilton Doors Open (hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

Alpacas from Eighth and Mud, 232 Eighth Rd. East, Stoney Creek

Saturday: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday: noon-4:30 p.m.

Alpacas from Eighth and Mud is a farm that produces most of the fibre and products sold in the farm store. Meet and touch alpacas, and tour the Belfast Mini Mill to see how alpaca fibre is processed for yarn, rugs and roving. Try needling felt and knitting. Sample the jams, jellies and fudge!

Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton, 45 Hempstead Dr., Hamilton Mountain

The Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton is also home to the Hamilton Buddhist Temple, five martial arts organizations and the Hamilton Go Club. During Doors Open, you’ll be greeted by members in traditional costumes and will tour the centre and temple. See martial arts demonstrations. Participate in making Origami, learning Japanese and playing traditional Go board games.

Central Presbyterian Church, 165 Charlton Ave. West, Hamilton, organ recital both days at 2 p.m.

The congregation, celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, renamed their church and relocated to its present location after fire destroyed it in 1906. Built in a graceful neoclassical style, the interior oak panelling, decorative plaster, English and Canadian stained glass and magnificent Casavant pipe organ are largely unchanged.

Children's International Learning Centre, 189 King William St., Hamilton, Ontario

Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Children's International Learning Centre – founded in 1970 on the 25th anniversary of the United Nations – encourages respect for all people and our common environment by offering child/family friendly programs. During Doors Open, learn and compare by continent how the summer solstice is celebrated. View artifacts from over 90 countries, participate in hands-on activities, and take home a craft.

Dundas Museum & Archives, 139 Park St. West, Dundas

Explore the four galleries of the Dundas Museum and Archives, featuring the special 60th anniversary exhibition: 60 Years – Treasures from Our Vault. Join behind-the scenes tours of the 1848 Doctor’s Office and learn about Victorian medicine, as well as the collection vaults to learn about the museum’s archival and artifact collection.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Education Centre, 20 Education Ct., Hamilton Mountain

Visit the new Education Centre, the administrative offices of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. See the special archival exhibit on how the education system and the local health departments worked together for the well-being of the students. View artifacts from the previous education centre and former schools, and tour the council chamber.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Educational Archives and Heritage Centre, 155 Macassa Ave, Hamilton Mountain

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Educational Archives recovers and preserves the history of public education in Hamilton and Wentworth since the 1840s, including student attendance registers, photographs, documents, yearbooks, memorabilia and architectural artifacts from closed schools. View displays on public health in schools. Learn why McMaster University and the University of Toronto came to the Archives during the 2003 SARS outbreak.

Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre, 700 Woodward Ave. (south gate entrance at Brampton Street), Hamilton

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Designed to meet LEED Silver certification, this laboratory aimed to provide a creative and exciting design that accommodates a fully sustainable, adaptable, multi-purpose building. The building will use at least 25 per cent less energy due to these designs and innovative technologies. Note: Children under 10 are not permitted in the laboratory.

Erland Lee (Museum) Home, 552 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek

Come and explore the birthplace of the Women’s Institutes, founded to educate rural women on how to keep their families healthy by pasteurizing milk. Restored to its 1897 grandeur, today’s museum houses original artifacts and furniture from six generations of the Lee family. The board and batten house is an example of Gothic architecture, constructed around the original log cabin.

Ferguson Pumping Station, 231 Ferguson Ave. South, Hamilton

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ferguson Pumping Station, located at the site of the original 1877 steam-powered station, has been providing water to Hamilton’s oldest and most populated areas since 1912. In 2012, a new station was expertly integrated into this sloping site at the base of the Niagara Escarpment while retaining the 1912 decommissioned building.

Gage Park Memorial Fountain, 1000 Main St. East, Hamilton

Eugenia Gage donated $20,000 to memorialize her parents, the former owners of the land acquired for Gage Park in downtown Hamilton (opened by Governor General Lord Willington in 1927 during Canada’s 60th anniversary). The central fountain was restored in 2012-13 to its original height with the reinstallation of the beaux arts-style carved stone column.

Hamilton GO Centre (Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Museum - TH&B), 36 Hunter St. East, Hamilton

This GO Centre is a rare example of an art moderne public building with curved forms, polished metals and machined detailing throughout. Retired staff operate the railway museum on the centre’s mezzanine level and share first-hand experiences of Hamilton’s railway history. Interpretative panels highlight the architecture and reconstruction of this landmark downtown building.

Hamilton Guesthouse in the William Pring House, 158 Mary St., Hamilton

This three-storey limestone house features a beautiful central spiral staircase, grand rooms and a front door and porch dating from the period when Dr. William Hopkins and family lived here (1910-30). Its ownership has changed many times. Currently, it operates as the Hamilton Guesthouse, Hamilton’s first and only backpackers’ hostel. Come and take a self-guided tour. Limited free parking available.

Hamilton Public Library, Waterdown Branch, 163 Dundas St. East, Waterdown

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located on top of the Niagara Escarpment, this building follows the slope of the property. Explore the three terraced levels of the library, culminating with a large reading room hovering above Dundas Street. Take in the special Doors Open medical exhibit in the Flamborough Archives. View the green roof from the patio.

Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region, 6297 Twenty Road East, Glanbrook

The Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region is a spiritual organization serving Hindus of diverse backgrounds living in Hamilton and the surrounding area. The temple, damaged by vandalism in 2001, was rebuilt in 2005 in an exquisite, colourful, Indian architectural style to house the deities in the prayer area.

Mohawk Trail School Museum, 20 Education Ct., Hamilton Mountain

Come to the grand re-opening of the former S.S. No. 5 Barton, a one-room brick school house that served the western part of the former Barton Township. Restored in 1967 as a fully furnished late 1800s all-grades classroom; it was totally refurbished in 2015 when it was relocated. During Doors Open, view displays on public health in rural schools.

Osler House, 30 South St. West, Dundas

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This exquisite Georgian-style house has been lovingly restored, blending 21st-century convenience and technology with 19th-century charm and elegance. It was the childhood home of Sir William Osler (1849-1919), an icon of modern medicine and one of the “Big Four” founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Only the main floor and the grounds will be open during Doors Open.

Philpott Memorial Church, 84 York Blvd., Hamilton

Named after its founder, Peter Wiley Philpott, Philpott Memorial Church has stood like a beacon throughout the 1960s downtown renewal. Founded in 1891, the congregation acquired the present property by 1901 and erected the Christian Workers Chapel. The Gospel tabernacle addition – with seating for 1,500 – opened in 1906.

Ridge Road Estate Winery, 1205 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek

Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Ridge Road Estate Winery property, situated at the edge of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, has been in the family since 1875. The winery, operated with great respect for tradition, quality and value, produces small batches of wine exclusively from hand-picked grapes. Three complimentary wine and small-bite pairings will be available.

Rosedale Tennis Club, 42 Lawrence Rd.

The Rosedale Tennis Club, a fixture in Gage Park since 1924, has three types of court surfaces – hard (i.e., US Open), red clay (i.e., French Open) and “HarTru” (soft and clay-like). Tour the clubhouse and courts. View photos, trophies and a match. Play tennis or learn how to. Try a volleying competition to speed up your serve. Equipment provided.

Shawn & Ed Brewing Company, 65 Hatt St., Dundas

See the transformation of this former curling/skating rink – and, more recently, Valley City Furniture – into a retail craft brewery for the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company. Learn about the adaptive reuse of the building and the development of the brewery. View the tasting and production areas. Guided tours and tastings available for a fee.

The Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

The Staircase Theatre was built in 1914 as a Cataract Power Company transformer substation. In 1996, Hugh Macleod transformed the building into a cultural hub, named after the original three-storey iron spiral staircase. Explore behind the scenes, experience improvisational theatre and visit the redesigned Elaine Mae Theatre from 10 a.m. to Noon both days.

The Textile Building, 10 George St., Hamilton

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Textile Building – originally the E. Van Allen Shirt Company building complex, redeveloped in 1988 – is being renovated into a contemporary office building. Tour the before (4th floor), during (2nd floor) and after (a new glass-enclosed elevator in the four-storey atrium and the garden level, including the Momentum Fitness gym).

The Lyles - Minister, Doctors and Architect, 165 Charlton Ave. West (Central Presbyterian Church)

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Talk on Architect Lyle - 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Talk on Lyle Family and Church - 12:30 p.m.; Talk on Architect Lyle - 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Architect John Lyle’s granddaughter, Lorna Harris, completes her multi-year Doors Open site talks in Hamilton, similar to presentations given at Doors Open events in Toronto (three sites), Ottawa and Kingston. Join 15-minute talks on Lyle’s church, the Gage Park Memorial Fountain and the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge, as well as the accomplished Lyle family. View photos and artifacts.

Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge, York Blvd. at Desjardins Canal

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; drive- or ride-by only; use caution on the Highway 403 on- and off-ramps

This bridge – resulting from an international competition held by the Hamilton Parks Board for the “improvement of the northwestern entrance to the City of Hamilton” – features a pair of monumental pylons at each end, connected by an ornamental metal balustrade. It affords views east to Hamilton Bay and west to Cootes Paradise.

Water Filtration Building - Water Treatment Plant, 900 Woodward Ave., Hamilton

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see how the 2010 extensive structural rehabilitation and architectural facelift returned this plant to its original art deco grandeur. Learn about the drinking water system and the filtration process. See the history of water in Hamilton at the Informational Welcome Centre.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House), 51 Stuart St., Hamilton

Artisan demonstrations both days from 1 to 3 p.m.

Canada’s only national workers’ history museum and art gallery, housed in Hamilton’s former Custom House, celebrates its 20th year. Explore the new Hamilton industrial and labour history app, Workers’ City. Watch local artisans Aimee Burnett make shoes and Anna Zygowski, who restored the museum’s mid-20th-century knitting machine, demonstrate knitting. Related children’s activities available.

A full list of sites and their features is available at doorsopenontario.on.ca.

Doors Open Hamilton to feature 30 interesting buildings

Annual event May 7-8

WhatsOn Apr 30, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The public can wander through 30 interesting Hamilton buildings on May 7-8 as part of the annual Doors Open event.

Organized by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Hamilton Region Branch in partnership with the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects, Doors Open Hamilton 2016 will feature 10 new sites, showcasing the work of architect John M. Lyle.

Three Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board sites will be open to the public this year, including its headquarters, its vast archive and the relocated Mohawk Trail School Museum.  The Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton and Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region are also participating.

The following sites will be open to the public during Hamilton Doors Open (hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

Alpacas from Eighth and Mud, 232 Eighth Rd. East, Stoney Creek

Saturday: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday: noon-4:30 p.m.

Alpacas from Eighth and Mud is a farm that produces most of the fibre and products sold in the farm store. Meet and touch alpacas, and tour the Belfast Mini Mill to see how alpaca fibre is processed for yarn, rugs and roving. Try needling felt and knitting. Sample the jams, jellies and fudge!

Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton, 45 Hempstead Dr., Hamilton Mountain

The Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton is also home to the Hamilton Buddhist Temple, five martial arts organizations and the Hamilton Go Club. During Doors Open, you’ll be greeted by members in traditional costumes and will tour the centre and temple. See martial arts demonstrations. Participate in making Origami, learning Japanese and playing traditional Go board games.

Central Presbyterian Church, 165 Charlton Ave. West, Hamilton, organ recital both days at 2 p.m.

The congregation, celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, renamed their church and relocated to its present location after fire destroyed it in 1906. Built in a graceful neoclassical style, the interior oak panelling, decorative plaster, English and Canadian stained glass and magnificent Casavant pipe organ are largely unchanged.

Children's International Learning Centre, 189 King William St., Hamilton, Ontario

Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Children's International Learning Centre – founded in 1970 on the 25th anniversary of the United Nations – encourages respect for all people and our common environment by offering child/family friendly programs. During Doors Open, learn and compare by continent how the summer solstice is celebrated. View artifacts from over 90 countries, participate in hands-on activities, and take home a craft.

Dundas Museum & Archives, 139 Park St. West, Dundas

Explore the four galleries of the Dundas Museum and Archives, featuring the special 60th anniversary exhibition: 60 Years – Treasures from Our Vault. Join behind-the scenes tours of the 1848 Doctor’s Office and learn about Victorian medicine, as well as the collection vaults to learn about the museum’s archival and artifact collection.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Education Centre, 20 Education Ct., Hamilton Mountain

Visit the new Education Centre, the administrative offices of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. See the special archival exhibit on how the education system and the local health departments worked together for the well-being of the students. View artifacts from the previous education centre and former schools, and tour the council chamber.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Educational Archives and Heritage Centre, 155 Macassa Ave, Hamilton Mountain

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Educational Archives recovers and preserves the history of public education in Hamilton and Wentworth since the 1840s, including student attendance registers, photographs, documents, yearbooks, memorabilia and architectural artifacts from closed schools. View displays on public health in schools. Learn why McMaster University and the University of Toronto came to the Archives during the 2003 SARS outbreak.

Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre, 700 Woodward Ave. (south gate entrance at Brampton Street), Hamilton

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Designed to meet LEED Silver certification, this laboratory aimed to provide a creative and exciting design that accommodates a fully sustainable, adaptable, multi-purpose building. The building will use at least 25 per cent less energy due to these designs and innovative technologies. Note: Children under 10 are not permitted in the laboratory.

Erland Lee (Museum) Home, 552 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek

Come and explore the birthplace of the Women’s Institutes, founded to educate rural women on how to keep their families healthy by pasteurizing milk. Restored to its 1897 grandeur, today’s museum houses original artifacts and furniture from six generations of the Lee family. The board and batten house is an example of Gothic architecture, constructed around the original log cabin.

Ferguson Pumping Station, 231 Ferguson Ave. South, Hamilton

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ferguson Pumping Station, located at the site of the original 1877 steam-powered station, has been providing water to Hamilton’s oldest and most populated areas since 1912. In 2012, a new station was expertly integrated into this sloping site at the base of the Niagara Escarpment while retaining the 1912 decommissioned building.

Gage Park Memorial Fountain, 1000 Main St. East, Hamilton

Eugenia Gage donated $20,000 to memorialize her parents, the former owners of the land acquired for Gage Park in downtown Hamilton (opened by Governor General Lord Willington in 1927 during Canada’s 60th anniversary). The central fountain was restored in 2012-13 to its original height with the reinstallation of the beaux arts-style carved stone column.

Hamilton GO Centre (Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Museum - TH&B), 36 Hunter St. East, Hamilton

This GO Centre is a rare example of an art moderne public building with curved forms, polished metals and machined detailing throughout. Retired staff operate the railway museum on the centre’s mezzanine level and share first-hand experiences of Hamilton’s railway history. Interpretative panels highlight the architecture and reconstruction of this landmark downtown building.

Hamilton Guesthouse in the William Pring House, 158 Mary St., Hamilton

This three-storey limestone house features a beautiful central spiral staircase, grand rooms and a front door and porch dating from the period when Dr. William Hopkins and family lived here (1910-30). Its ownership has changed many times. Currently, it operates as the Hamilton Guesthouse, Hamilton’s first and only backpackers’ hostel. Come and take a self-guided tour. Limited free parking available.

Hamilton Public Library, Waterdown Branch, 163 Dundas St. East, Waterdown

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located on top of the Niagara Escarpment, this building follows the slope of the property. Explore the three terraced levels of the library, culminating with a large reading room hovering above Dundas Street. Take in the special Doors Open medical exhibit in the Flamborough Archives. View the green roof from the patio.

Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region, 6297 Twenty Road East, Glanbrook

The Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region is a spiritual organization serving Hindus of diverse backgrounds living in Hamilton and the surrounding area. The temple, damaged by vandalism in 2001, was rebuilt in 2005 in an exquisite, colourful, Indian architectural style to house the deities in the prayer area.

Mohawk Trail School Museum, 20 Education Ct., Hamilton Mountain

Come to the grand re-opening of the former S.S. No. 5 Barton, a one-room brick school house that served the western part of the former Barton Township. Restored in 1967 as a fully furnished late 1800s all-grades classroom; it was totally refurbished in 2015 when it was relocated. During Doors Open, view displays on public health in rural schools.

Osler House, 30 South St. West, Dundas

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This exquisite Georgian-style house has been lovingly restored, blending 21st-century convenience and technology with 19th-century charm and elegance. It was the childhood home of Sir William Osler (1849-1919), an icon of modern medicine and one of the “Big Four” founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Only the main floor and the grounds will be open during Doors Open.

Philpott Memorial Church, 84 York Blvd., Hamilton

Named after its founder, Peter Wiley Philpott, Philpott Memorial Church has stood like a beacon throughout the 1960s downtown renewal. Founded in 1891, the congregation acquired the present property by 1901 and erected the Christian Workers Chapel. The Gospel tabernacle addition – with seating for 1,500 – opened in 1906.

Ridge Road Estate Winery, 1205 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek

Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Ridge Road Estate Winery property, situated at the edge of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, has been in the family since 1875. The winery, operated with great respect for tradition, quality and value, produces small batches of wine exclusively from hand-picked grapes. Three complimentary wine and small-bite pairings will be available.

Rosedale Tennis Club, 42 Lawrence Rd.

The Rosedale Tennis Club, a fixture in Gage Park since 1924, has three types of court surfaces – hard (i.e., US Open), red clay (i.e., French Open) and “HarTru” (soft and clay-like). Tour the clubhouse and courts. View photos, trophies and a match. Play tennis or learn how to. Try a volleying competition to speed up your serve. Equipment provided.

Shawn & Ed Brewing Company, 65 Hatt St., Dundas

See the transformation of this former curling/skating rink – and, more recently, Valley City Furniture – into a retail craft brewery for the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company. Learn about the adaptive reuse of the building and the development of the brewery. View the tasting and production areas. Guided tours and tastings available for a fee.

The Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

The Staircase Theatre was built in 1914 as a Cataract Power Company transformer substation. In 1996, Hugh Macleod transformed the building into a cultural hub, named after the original three-storey iron spiral staircase. Explore behind the scenes, experience improvisational theatre and visit the redesigned Elaine Mae Theatre from 10 a.m. to Noon both days.

The Textile Building, 10 George St., Hamilton

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Textile Building – originally the E. Van Allen Shirt Company building complex, redeveloped in 1988 – is being renovated into a contemporary office building. Tour the before (4th floor), during (2nd floor) and after (a new glass-enclosed elevator in the four-storey atrium and the garden level, including the Momentum Fitness gym).

The Lyles - Minister, Doctors and Architect, 165 Charlton Ave. West (Central Presbyterian Church)

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Talk on Architect Lyle - 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Talk on Lyle Family and Church - 12:30 p.m.; Talk on Architect Lyle - 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Architect John Lyle’s granddaughter, Lorna Harris, completes her multi-year Doors Open site talks in Hamilton, similar to presentations given at Doors Open events in Toronto (three sites), Ottawa and Kingston. Join 15-minute talks on Lyle’s church, the Gage Park Memorial Fountain and the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge, as well as the accomplished Lyle family. View photos and artifacts.

Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge, York Blvd. at Desjardins Canal

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; drive- or ride-by only; use caution on the Highway 403 on- and off-ramps

This bridge – resulting from an international competition held by the Hamilton Parks Board for the “improvement of the northwestern entrance to the City of Hamilton” – features a pair of monumental pylons at each end, connected by an ornamental metal balustrade. It affords views east to Hamilton Bay and west to Cootes Paradise.

Water Filtration Building - Water Treatment Plant, 900 Woodward Ave., Hamilton

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see how the 2010 extensive structural rehabilitation and architectural facelift returned this plant to its original art deco grandeur. Learn about the drinking water system and the filtration process. See the history of water in Hamilton at the Informational Welcome Centre.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House), 51 Stuart St., Hamilton

Artisan demonstrations both days from 1 to 3 p.m.

Canada’s only national workers’ history museum and art gallery, housed in Hamilton’s former Custom House, celebrates its 20th year. Explore the new Hamilton industrial and labour history app, Workers’ City. Watch local artisans Aimee Burnett make shoes and Anna Zygowski, who restored the museum’s mid-20th-century knitting machine, demonstrate knitting. Related children’s activities available.

A full list of sites and their features is available at doorsopenontario.on.ca.