St. Catharines Doors Open event gives a peek into historical buildings


Published August 17, 2022 at 11:31 am

How you ever driven past a place on your way to work or shopping and thought, “Cool building. I wonder what it’s like inside?”

This Saturday (August 20), residents from St. Catharines and the Niagara Region at large will get a chance to look at what’s between those closers when the city holds their “Door Open” event from 10 am to 4 pm.

Says the city, “Doors Open St. Catharines is your chance to explore some of the city’s most unique, historical, and interesting buildings. Whether you live in St. Catharines, Niagara or are visiting from elsewhere, we invite you to explore some of the city’s most distinctive places free-of-charge.”

Mayor Walter Sendzik is a fan of the Doors Open concept, noting, “Doors Open is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to explore historic and architecturally significant buildings in our city, not all of which are normally accessible to the public.”

“St. Catharines has a lot of stories to tell. I encourage everyone to explore a building they’ve never been to and learn more about our vibrant history.”

The list of both iconic and historic buildings on the Doors Open list is impressive.

If you’re into cultural arts, open to all will be the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the Niagara Artists’ Centre.

With some of the architecturally pleasing places of worship in the region, most well over a century old, the list of churches participating in Doors Open are Knox Presbyterian Church, Salem Chapel – British Methodist Episcopal Church NHS, St. George’s Anglican Church, St. Ignatius of Antioch Antiochian Orthodox Church, St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church.

If history is your passion, the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre as well as the Meridian Centre, which is also home to the City’s Sports Hall of Fame are both open for tours.

So to are significant heritage sites including the Lake Street Armoury, Morningstar Mill, and The Brown Homestead, which will be Doors Open for the day.

All locations and tours are free with most locations open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For individual tour details, check HERE.

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is part of Saturday’s Doors Open event.



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