Doors Open London 2019 Site Guide

DOORS OPEN LONDON IS A FREE WEEKEND CELEBRATION OF EVERYTHING THAT MAKES OUR CITY AN AMAZING PLACE TO LIVE.

Hear the untold stories of the Forest City this September 14 & 15! Get an inside look at London's many museums, heritage sites, and community organizations and during the 18th annual Doors Open London weekend! “Untold Stories of the Forest City” will centre on the diverse ways Londoners connect and share information, express their cultural traditions and identities, and connect to the wider world. From technologies such as television and radio broadcasting connecting people across the City, to the expression of Indigenous oral traditions, communication animates London, Ontario, and brings our stories to life. Enjoy re-enactments, live performances, or other interactive performances as participating sites highlight their less-known stories and histories.

Click on the links below to find details on site hours, location, and activities during Doors Open London 2019:

 
 


1ST HUSSARS MUSEUM

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 1 Dundas Street / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM – 4PM

The 1st Hussars Museum is located in one of the last remaining original buildings at the Forks of the Thames. The Museum shows the history of the 1st Hussars militia regiment during the South African War, The Great War, World War II and Peacekeeping Missions.

Things to do!  

  • The 1st Hussars Museum will have tour guides who will explain the exhibits and entertain visitors with tales from the Regiment's colourful history.

  • We will have a group of re-enactors in the form of the 1st Hussars Cavalry Troop. There will also be current members of the Regiment with a present day vehicle that visitors can explore.

  • A World War II vintage truck will also be available for exploration.

**Lip at front door and small rooms make wheelchair access difficult, but not impossible.

 


A. CHISHOLM BUILDING

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142 Dundas Street / Saturday 2PM-6PM

The A. Chisholm Building was erected in approximately 1862 – 1863, by a prominent business man in the Town of London, Andrew Chisholm. The building housed various mercantile businesses from the 1860 – 1970’s. It housed various smaller businesses until the 1990’s when it became vacate. It was purchased by Hassan Law Offices in 2009 and has been renovated and restored for the past 3 years, to its present use as combined retail and office space. The A. Chisholm Building features an historic, restored facade in the Italianate style, with original “London brick”. Inside many of the original features have been retained where possible, including some of the original hardwood floors, “London brick” walls and stunning skylights.

Things to do!  

  • A tour will include photographic and video images of the various uses of the building, the restoration process and various artifacts discovered during the restoration process.

  • Visitors to the A. Chisholm Building will be invited to travel through time, through photographic and video images, to visit this beautiful building from its prominence in the development of the business district of the Town and City of London in the 1860’s – 1970’s, as a mercantile establishment, to its vacancy and deterioration in the 1990’s and to its eventual restoration and “re-use” as a retail and office space from 2009 – 2013.

**Entrance from Dundas Street only.

 


ACO LONDON & LONDONFUSE'S "UNTOLD STORIES OF VICTORIA PARK" WALKING TOUR

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INNOVATION WORKS, 201 KING STREET / SATURDAY & Sunday 11am and 2pm

“If you enjoyed 2018’s Paved Paradise, the team is back with Untold Stories of Victoria Park. The guided walking tour starts at Innovation Works (201 King Street, which will also be open for Doors Open) and ends at Victoria Park. Registration occurs one half hour (30 minutes) before the start of each tour. The tour is one hour long and the route is flat throughout. Hosted by ACO London and LondonFuse.

Things to do!

  • This entertaining walking tour is guided by Fan Fan, a newspaper columnist from London’s past. She will lead visitors to hear the untold stories of five historic people, performed by costumed actors.

**The tour route will be fully accessible. Registration is at 201 King Street, which is wheelchair accessible.

** The tour would be appropriate for older children who can walk for one hour and would enjoy seeing the costumed actors.

 


ANDERSON CRAFT ALES

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1030 Elias Street / Saturday 1PM - 4PM

Anderson Craft Ales is a family owned and operated brewery. They pride themselves on crafting small batch, handcrafted premium beers with no compromise.

Things to do!

  • Take a guided tour to behind the scenes of the entire brewery explaining how beer is made as well as the history of the brewery.

  • Learn about the 4 main foundation of beer which never change no matter what the flavor is and what exactly a "hop" is.

  • While on this tour you can enjoy one of our craft ales and fully understand all the flavours you are tasting and how they came to be.

 


B-13 BAKER’S DOZEN

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613 Dundas Street / Saturday & Sunday 12PM - 4PM

B13, also known as the Baker's Dozen, is a community focused art and small business incubator. A large events space filled with 18 different tenants, B-13 is home to many local artists and small business owners. A kid friendly, inclusive space. The building was the first commercial building built East of Adelaide.

Things to do!  

  • Talk by the London Room of the story of B13 and Lilley's Corners, the original name for this historic building

  • Workshops by artists throughout the day

  • Live music and refreshments!

**There are no handicap buttons on the main door or the washroom doors.

 

 


BANTING HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA

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442 ADELAIDE STREET NORTH / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM – 4pM 

This Queen Anne style home (1900) has served as a private residence/medical practice, boarding house, commercial office and museum. Notable residents include Roland Hill and Sir Frederick Banting. Banting House was acquired by the Canadian Diabetes Association in 1981 and it was designated as a national historic site of Canada in 1997.  

Things to do!  

  • Banting House National Historic Site of Canada is recognized as the site of the defining moment in the discovery of insulin and commemorates the most important medical discovery of the 20th century. Through self-guided tours, enhanced with commentary from experienced guides, visitors are introduced to life and career of a national hero who accomplishment to Canada are often overshadowed by the life-saving legacy of insulin.

  • In 2019, visitors will have the opportunity to view the latest exhibit celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Royal Visit and the kindling of Flame of Hope.

  • Other highlights include his London practice and relationship with Western University; his artwork, completed under the tutelage of AY Jackson; his military and medical research contributions to the Second World War as well as his untimely death and the bedroom where he conceived his idea that led to the discovery of insulin.

  • Join us and experience the life and career of one of our most celebrated international heroes and the man voted Canada’s fourth greatest Canadian. Discover the man you thought you knew.

**The first floor is wheelchair accessible through the main office (side door). The second floor is not wheelchair accessible.

 


BLACKBURN RADIO STATION

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102- 700 Richmond Street / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM – 2PM

Located in the stunning Selby Building complete with gorgeous atrium, tour Blackburn Radio’s street level studio on Richmond and gain a behind the scenes look at local media in action.

Things to do!  

  • Tour the Blackburn Radio Inc. London property, complete with a tour of the news room and Classic Rock, 98.1 street level studio.

  • Receive a history lesson on the Blackburn Family and Blackburn Media, past, present and future.

**Enter through the rear parking lot or through the Richmond Street entrance and go to the second floor via the stairs or elevator. The studio side door will be propped open.

 


BRICK STREET CEMETERY

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370 COMMISSIONERS ROAD WEST / SATURDAY 1PM - 7PM- PERFORMANCES AT 2PM, 4PM, AND 6pm & SUNDAY 10AM – 4PM- PERFORMANCES AT 1PM AND 3PM

This pioneer cemetery, dating from 1813, has undergone recent restoration and improvements. Historical research has been undertaken to reveal the interesting stories behind some of the individuals buried here. Ground Penetrating Radar surveys have revealed numerous unmarked graves.

Things to do!  

  • Tour one of London's oldest pioneer cemeteries. Visitors may enjoy a pleasant stroll at their leisure or take advantage of the Friends of Brick Street Cemetery who will be on hand to answer any questions.

  • A scavenger hunt for children will help young historians.

  • The Westminster Historical Society will exhibit information on early settlers south of the River Thames, in the area then called Westminster Township.

  • Theatrical presentations will reveal little known stories of the settlers’ lives. They were a community that was more diverse than would appear on the surface, whose 19th century lives reveal universal insights into the nature of immigration, innovation and survival. And plain good stories, as well!

**Grassy, uneven terrain might be difficult for wheelchairs.

 


CANADA LIFE

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255 dufferin avenue/ sunday 10am - 4pm

Enter this impressive Neo-Classical building and discover the wonderful architectural features that have graced the foyer since 1926. Take in some untold stories of both London Life and Canada Life in our Dufferin Lobby exhibit. Then, take a self-guided tour to the building's 4th floor where one can view further exhibits outlining the company's rich history, capped off by a visit to our recently restored 1926 auditorium with full proscenium stage.

Things to do!

  • London has a fascinating astronomical history. Come to our auditorium and learn how John Harris helped to map the Great Lakes using a telescope.

  • See a life-sized replica of one of the largest meteorites ever recovered in southwestern Ontario (the Dresden meteorite).

  • Discover the astronomical models created by London's W.G. Colgrove.

**Wheelchair access is available at the 250 Queens Avenue entrance to the building.

 


CBC LONDON

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215 dundas street/ SaturDAY 10aM - 4PM

CBC London, which made downtown London its new home for regional broadcasting in 2017, aims to tell local stories with an emphasis on news, culture and survival information.

Things to do!

  • Celebrate Doors Open London and CBC London by visiting us on Saturday, September 14. Learn how journalists gather, disseminate and communicate the news of the day before sitting at the anchor desk yourself.

  • Share your own ‘untold story of the Forest City’ and work together to create a continuous thread inspired by photographs of life in London. Don’t forget to record a line or two before you go… you just might hear yourself on the radio!     

**Entrance is on Dundas Street. CBC London is located across from Wolf Hall and adjacent to the London Public Library.

 


CITY ART CENTRE

     
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652 ELIZABETH STREET / SATURDAY 12PM-4PM

City Art Centre is located in one of the oldest buildings in London and represents an early period in London's history, in which the city was dedicated to the protection of Canada. T Block building is an eclectic style of late nineteenth century architecture. City Art Centre, housed in T Block, is a peer support organization for people living with mental illness. It is a safe space to express through art what cannot otherwise be expressed. Our untold stories disclose an artistic narrative of the members who attend as they express their emotions in their art. Everyone story is unique as we all come from different circumstances. Having mental challenges is an asset as we can express our plethora of feelings in installations, paintings and drawings.

Things to do!  

  • Come and experience firsthand an Ontario heritage building as a living, breathing piece of history.

  • Visitors will delight in a tour of this artists' studio and gallery, as well as participate in a fun and creative workshop. 

  • They can relate their untold stories as they create cards that reflect their lives, experiences and varied backgrounds.

**City Art Centre is located on the second floor at the barracks by the McMahen.

**There is no wheelchair access to the second floor; the first floor is wheelchair accessible via a patio ramp.

**The stairs to the second floor are very steep.

 


CNIB COMMUNITY HUB

     
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171 Queens Avenue, Suite 101 / Saturday & Sunday 12PM-4PM

Celebrating 100 years, the CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Our wide-ranging programs connect people with sight loss, give them skills and resources to succeed in the job market, provide knowledge and independence, and advocate to change perceptions about blindness, eliminate barriers and transform challenges into opportunities.

Things to do!  

  • Ever wondered how technology and assistive devices are helping people impacted by sight loss read books, travel independently, use a Smartphone, participate in sport, and more?

  • Visit the CNIB Community Hub to try the latest accessible technology from apps on Smartphones, to magnifiers and Braille readers. Meet the people behind the canes, learn a little about Guide Dog etiquette, play tactile and accessible games, and print your name in Braille.

  • The CNIB Community Hub provides Londoners who are blind or partially sighted a place to connect with each other, learn and share information, and connect to the wider world through literacy, technology and social forums.

**Entrance on Richmond Street beside The Poacher’s Arms

 


DON WRIGHT FACULTY OF MUSIC AT WESTERN UNIVERSITY

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1151 RICHMOND STREET NORTH (TALBOT COLLEGE AND MUSIC BUILDING)/ SATURDAY 10AM – 3PM

Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music welcomes more than 20,000 members of the community each year for concerts, outreach programming, and special events. Enjoy a guided tour of Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music – including performance, rehearsal and research spaces – and watch the New Horizons Adult Band rehearse. Now that London has hosted the 2019 JUNO Awards, you will appreciate and learn more about Western's long musical history in education, research, performance and composition.

Things to do!  

  • The link between music and mental health is well established. Join us at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music to engage in, watch and learn more about the “untold stories” behind many musical wellness activities designed to fuel your mind and soul.

  • Step behind the scenes and watch 200 community members of the New Horizons Band rehearse; find out about the benefits of joining a choir and watch a choir rehearsal in action; learn about our research into music, cognition and the brain; learn more about the 350+ (mostly free!) concerts and special events open to the public each year, and join us for a special live performance (2-3 pm) by faculty members taking part in the Canada-wide concert “Mysterious Barricades: A concert for suicide awareness, prevention and hope.”

  • Guided and self-guided tours will focus on these untold stories and more, including a visit to Western’s Music Library, one of North America’s top music libraries. Witness and feel the power first hand of a community learning and performing music together.

*The Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western is located in two buildings (adjoined) - Talbot College and Music Building. The buildings are located on Lambton Drive, across the street from Western's tennis "bubble", immediately across the University Bridge.
**Registration and welcome centre will be located in the main lobby of Talbot College, with multiple activities taking place across both buildings.
**Free weekend parking is available in the Medway Lot, a 6 minute walk across University Bridge.

 


ELDON HOUSE

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481 RIDOUT STREET NORTH / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 12:30pM – 4:30PM

Virtually unchanged since the last century, Eldon House is London’s oldest residence and contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris Family. Eldon House is an historic site in downtown London that has been preserved and maintained since 1960 when it was donated to the City of London. It was home to four generations of the Harris family, and is an excellent example of Georgian and Regency architectural styles. Its gardens are considered among the most beautiful in the city.

Things to do!  

  • Costumed Historical Interpreters will tell the "untold" stories of the servants who worked at Eldon House.

  • Activities outdoors will include artifacts and exhibits with examples of primary resources of these "untold" servant stories. Hands on activities include kid-friendly activities.

  • Join us for screenings of LondonFuse’s Histories of London, ON mini-doc series at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. The subjects covered in the Histories of London, ON mini-docs include Labatt Park, Parks And Festivals, Musical Worship, Bars And Taverns, and Haunted London. Each of the five mini-docs, which run 5-7 minutes each, feature imagery of particular London locations, as well as interviews with historians and community members significant to the topic. From sports and recreation to music, to built and locational history (including London’s most iconic ghost story) in the Forest City, Londoners can learn something new about their community.

**Only the main floor of Eldon House is wheelchair accessible. Visual aids will be provided for those who cannot use stairs.

**No smoking permitted on Eldon House grounds.

 


ELMWOOD LAWN BOWLING CLUB

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17 1 / 2 EDWARD STREET / SUNDAY 11AM - 3PM

In 1911, the Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club was located on Elmwood Avenue in the vicinity of the present club but the exact location is not known. The original clubhouse was constructed in 1916, and underwent major renovations in 1965, resulting more or less in the current building. There are two separate 'greens' (north and south), the land procured from home owners whose properties fronted on Bruce Street, Edward Avenue and Elmwood Avenue. A lane leads off of Edward between properties, where a 'hidden gem' is to be found.

Things to do!  

  • View the clubhouse and manicured greens of the 'hidden gem of Wortley Village'.

  • Members will wear the historical "whites" associated with lawn bowling over the past century.

  • Enjoy a tactile exhibit on the club's history and listen to a club member's overview of the game.

  • Then try the sport of lawn bowling yourself! Please wear flat-soled shoes on the greens.

**Enter via laneway on west side of Edward Street, halfway between Bruce Street and Elmwood Avenue.

**Accessible only at the ground level in front of the clubhouse. No wheelchair accessible washrooms.

 

 


FACULTY OF INFORMATION AND MEDIA STUDIES AT WESTERN UNIVERSITY

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1151 richmond street (FIMS & Nursing Bldg) / SaturDAY 11am - 3PM

The FIMS & Nursing Building (FNB) at Western University opened in 2016. Designed to fit in aesthetically as a modern educational facility that retains some of the historical collegiate gothic architectural elements found across campus, the building is shared by the Faculty of Information & Media Studies (FIMS) and the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing. The design prioritizes natural lighting and collaborative seating areas for students while updating and upgrading technical facilities such as the FIMS Broadcast Studio and FIMS Graduate Library.

Things to do!

  • Come for a tour of our new broadcast studio, where aspiring journalists and communicators learn how to tell stories visually. Sit in the newscast anchor chair and try your hand at reading a teleprompter. See where local television interviews are conducted on behalf of TVO and news media outlets across Canada, or participate in a mock radio interview.

  • Then take a tour of our teaching library, where we train the next generation of librarians and information specialists in curating, protecting and making available society’s knowledge. Help us create a new display of “Untold Stories” in the library by contributing your own untold story through an interactive activity.

  • Finally, see some of the media-related research being conducted by our faculty, including a live demonstration of experimental software designed to detect clickbait, satire and falsifications in online news, or the ongoing international research effort to document the experiences of refugees and massacre survivors during the civil war era in El Salvador using photographs, documentary film, testimonies and music.

**The FIMS building does not have a street address. It is located on Western University campus at the corner of Huron and Lambton Drives.

**When visitors arrive they should take the elevators or central stairs to the third floor, and follow the signage that will be available to reach the tour and activity areas.

**Free parking is available Saturday, September 14, in the following lots: Huron Flats, Springett, Althouse, Medway, Upper Heating, Visual Arts and Siebens. Visit the parking map for help locating a lot.

 


FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

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1424 clark road/ SaturDAY & Sunday 10aM - 4PM

Fanshawe Pioneer Village tells the story of rural life in Middlesex County from 1820-1920. Original houses, churches, a woodworking shop, blacksmith shop, Masonic Hall and a tavern complete the rural landscape. Denfield General Store and Post Office, Harmer Sawmill and the London Brewery present an urban community at the turn of the 20th century.

Things to do!

  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village is celebrating our 60th anniversary during 2019! Discover the history of the Village as you visit.

  • Try to complete our Anniversary Challenge, and help us recreate photos from our past!

  • Design your own pioneer village, recreate the village at different points in time using our mini-buildings, and work together to build a giant Lincoln Log House.

**Enter Fanshawe Pioneer Village through the Upper Thames Conservation Authority Entrance, located at 1424 Clarke Road. Follow the signs through the conservation area to Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Parking is available in the visitor parking lot. There is special needs parking at the main entrance.

**Only ground floors are wheelchair accessible.

 


FOREST CITY VELODROME

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2809 Roxburgh Road / Saturday 9AM-12PM & Sunday 10AM-2PM

The Forest City Velodrome is located in the London Ice House/ London Gardens, which was home to the London Knights hockey team prior to the JLC/Budweiser Gardens. It is the site of Johnny Cash’s proposal to June Carter.

Things to do!

  • Visitors can watch cyclists ride on a 138 meter indoor wooden track with 51 degree banks in the original London Gardens/London Ice House that was home to the London Knights.

  • Information available about our VeloKids Youth Cycling Program and Adult Try the Track Package. The FCV is used mainly by recreational cyclists and is open to all abilities.

**Wheelchairs can enter the building but will not be able to access the stands or track viewing area as they are only accessible via stairs.

 


FORKED RIVER BREWING COMPANY

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4-45 Pacific Court / Saturday 1PM-5PM and Sunday 1PM-4PM

Forked River Brewing Company is London’s oldest craft brewers. They are dedicated to delivering consistent, flavourful brews. Three local award winning home brewers, all Western graduates have teamed up to bring the Forest City the beer that it deserves.

Things to do! to do!

  • Take a guided tour to learn about the brewing process and what makes our brewery different.

  •  Experience the exciting craft brewery energy in our taproom.

  • Sample from 10 to 12 local craft beers on tap, in addition to cider, wine and non-alcoholic drinks

 


GROSVENOR LODGE

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1017 Western Road / Sunday 10AM-4PM

Take a step back in time at Grosvenor Lodge. Built in 1853 on the 500 acres of land the family then owned. The house was named for its proximity to Grosvenor St which at the time extended west of the river and is one of the finest examples of Tudor Gothic Revival in Ontario, featuring twin stepped gables, casement windows and massive chimneys.

Things to do!  

  • Learn more about the house and grounds as you tour through the lodge with our Maids and other staff. You might meet the housekeeper or even one of the family! 

  • Enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn or just stroll through the Victorian kitchen garden. 

  • Spend some time with John Peters in his (recently refurbished) summerhouse office. 

**First floor accessible.

 


HAMILTON ROAD TREE CARVING BUS TOUR

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525 hamilton road/ SaturDAY 10am and 12pm & Sunday 12pm and 2pm

The Hamilton Road Tree Carving Bus Tour demonstrates London’s love of trees and aims to enhance the city’s reputation as the ‘Forest City.’ Carvers have created sculptures that, instead of being confined to an art gallery, are right out on public streets. The bus tours start at the Hamilton Road Seniors Centre (525 Hamilton Road). Participants will be picked up at the scheduled times.

Things to do!

  • The Tree Trunk Bus Tour will cover all 28 sculptures and some historic buildings. Tours will travel from East Park Golf Course in the west to Richmond and Horton Street in the east.

  • There will be 4-5 stops along the way for photo opportunities.

  • Swag bags will be handed out with coupons and products from participating local businesses

**Access is limited to the capacity of each bus.

**Most of the tour will be by bus (ideal for those who cannot walk long distances).

 


HUME CRONYN MEMORIAL OBSERVATORY

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1151 richmond street (western university-next to alumni hall)/ SaturDAY 2pm - 10pm 

The Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory at Western University hosts public astronomy events and outreach activities. The observatory is next to Alumni Hall on the Western Campus, and was built in 1940 in the Collegiate Gothic style by noted local architect O. Roy Moore.

Things to do!

  • Weather permitting, during the day, visitors will have an opportunity to
    look safely at the sun through a solar telescope, and view sunspots and
    prominences on the surface.

  • Little-known-stories will be told in our basement-to-dome tours of this historic observatory.

  • Tours include the three history rooms with recreating the early days of the observatory with authentic artifacts.

  • Our 1940s room takes you back to when the Observatory first opened. Visitors will also be able to tour a 1960s-era control room and the workshop where astronomical model-maker
    extraordinaire W.G. Colgrove built his models.

  • The observatory will also be open that Saturday evening for public stargazing.

**The Observatory does not have a street address. It is located on Western University Campus on Lambton Drive right across from Alumni Hall.

**Only the first floor is wheelchair accessible.

 


HUTTON HOUSE

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654 wonderland road north/ SaturDAY 10am - 3pm

Hutton House Association for Adults with Disabilities on Wonderland has a state of the art pottery studio and fitness centre for people with disabilities. We offer creative arts classes, life skills classes, employment services, supported volunteering, and more!

Things to do!

  • Hutton House is excited to participate for its second year in a row with Doors Open London. You'll have the opportunity to join guided tours offered throughout the day by individuals who know our Wonderland Road location the best, our participants! Each section of our building offers a different glimpse into the possibilities offered at Hutton House.

  • Watch a video sharing the experiences of peoples with disabilities that live in our community.

  • Come play with clay and watch our professional potters give demonstrations on hand-building and the potter’s wheel in our Pottery Studio.

  • You will also be able to witness a live theatre show of an original production written and performed by people with disabilities.

 
 


INNOVATION WORKS

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201 King Street / Saturday 10AM - 3PM

Innovation Works is a four-storey, 32 000 square foot building in the downtown core. With its exposed brick, tall wooden pillars, Italianated design and prominent streetscape view, Innovation Works, originally known as The Garvey Building, provides an inspiring space for all Londoners to connect, collaborate and create change. The Garvey Building, now known as Innovation Works, was built in 1910 with the original purpose of a storage warehouse. Over the past century, this building has housed everything from cereal to finance to fitness. Today, this 32, 000 sq. foot building supports over 200 organizations invested in positive community impact.

Things to do!

  • Join us on September 14 in the old Garvey Building for a classic story time adventure. Hear stories inspired by this space from the past, the present and the hopeful future and contribute to a collaborative art piece that will share YOUR story in the Forest City.

**Only the main floor will be open to visitors.

 


LONDON BREWING CO-OPERATIVE

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521 Burbrook Place / Saturday & Sunday 12PM - 4PM

London Brewing Cooperative is a craft beer brewery in the heart of London’s Old East Village. Its rustic taproom has seating for 60 people; it also has a quaint beer garden with some shade and seating.

Things to do!

  • Experience the exciting craft brewery energy in our taproom. We will have 10 to 12 local craft beers on tap, in addition to cider, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Take a free guided tour to learn about the brewing process and what makes our brewery different.

  • Family-friendly with free live music on Sunday afternoon!

 


LONDON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

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21 wharncliffe road south/ SaturDAY & Sunday 10am - 5pm

The London Children’s Museum provides children and their grown-ups with extraordinary hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centred environment. Part of the London community for over 40 years, the Children’s Museum is where exhibits and stimulating learning experiences allow children to explore history and heritage, investigate the complexities of science, and celebrate the beauty in art and culture. The London Children's Museum was once home to Riverview Public School. Originally built in 1915, this historic building has been the backdrop to many memories, stories, and experiences.

Things to do!

  • Become immersed in the history and stories of the London Children’s Museum.

  • Engage in a museum-wide scavenger hunt to learn more about the building, view collection items from our past, and hear stories of the constellations in our Star Lab. Join us as we share, learn and tell stories!

  • On Sunday only, join Ukwehuwe Connection and learn about some of the First Nation stories through drumming circle, singing, dancing and oral storytelling. These sessions are scheduled for 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm

 


LONDON CLAY ART CENTRE

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664 dundas street/ saturday 10am - 4pm & sunday 11am - 4pm

This late Victorian building, part of a commercial block in the city’s Old East Village, was reborn in 2009 as London Clay Art Centre (LCAC). Home of registered charity, The London Potters Guild, it is the only guild-owned and operated facility in Canada dedicated to the clay arts. The building has been a dry goods store, bicycle shop, restaurant, pharmacy, jewellery shop, variety store, and a billiard hall. In 2012, the brick/slate façade on Dundas Street was restored to its 1910 splendour. LCAC features a geothermal heating and cooling system and historic stained glass pieces revealed during renovations. The facility offers a store in which the work of 50+ local artists is sold, teaching classrooms for the public, a kiln room, members’ studios, and a gorgeous meeting space on the second floor.

Things to do!

  • Did you know that working in clay was once an important industry in London? Locally dug clay was once used to make canning jars, pickle crocks, cider jugs, bricks and even field tiles as early as 1850. Visitors to London Clay Art Centre will learn about the fascinating history of both bricks and pottery in the area.

  • There will also be wheel demonstrations, clay activities for children, and guided tours of our 1896 brick building to learn about its history and the renovations from 2008-2013 that transformed it into a fully accessible and spectacular arts facility.

**Patrons can enter LCAC from either the south, off Dundas Street, or the north, off the parking lot bounded by Elizabeth St., Queen's Ave, and Adelaide Street. Tour guides will greet you before the tour.

**Patrons are encouraged to post images to social media.

 


LONDON FIRE STATION #4

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807 COLBORNE STREET/  Saturday & sunday 10am - 4pm

At the turn of the twentieth-century, Fire Chief John A. Roe requested a new station to serve the north end of the city. In 1909, London Fire Station No. 4 was built on the corner of Colborne and St. James streets. Architect Arthur E. Nutter designed the station in an abstract Italianate style, featuring a simplified Tuscan tower, broad eaves, and pilasters above the fire hall door.

Things to do!

  • Join a retired fire officer on a guided tour of the fire station!

  • Take a tour of Engine No. 4 from the in-service crew when they are not responding to alarms.

  • Learn fire safety information from Public Fire and Life Safety Educators and Fire Prevention Inspectors. Children who attend will receive fire safety colouring books and stickers.

  • Firefighters will slide down the fire pole to amuse children and grown-ups alike.

 


LONDON MODEL RAILROAD GROUP

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4474 Blakie Road, unit 127/ Saturday & sunday 10am - 4pm

The LMRG’s new 1200 sq. ft. location enables the group to design and build a new model railroad from scratch, coupling the latest digital technologies in train, track, illumination, and accessory control, with tried and tested benchwork and scenery construction techniques. Our rectangular space allows for long runs and sweeping vistas, while letting visitors to get close to the action, activate accessories, and check out the detail, and whimsy, that the Lake Erie and International Railway will provide.

Things to do!

  • Visitors to the London Model Railway Group’s new home in south London will learn the story of the club’s evolution from its original location at Dundas St. in 1938, through its 4,000 sq. ft. Holborn Ave. layout, to today’s new venue, where construction of a brand new model railroad is underway.

  • Club members will be on hand to describe and demonstrate the tools and techniques that go into designing and building a highly realistic, O-scale railroad. Our new digitally controlled Lake Erie and International Railway will depict the London region as it might have been in the 1970s, with train operations, animation, automation, interactivity, and fun for all ages.

**There are small curbs on some of the sidewalks (less that 6"). There is a 2" door frame ramp, the door is not automatic, and is pull to enter, push to exit. Rear emergency door is push to exit. Limited mobility assistance can be provided.

**Visitors are asked to request permission to photography MLRG members, but incidental background inclusion is allowed.

 


LONDON MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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182 Dundas Street/ SaturDAY & Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Join us at the London Music Hall of Fame, built in 1918. The beautiful ormolu storefront remains, as does the entrance way mosaic and rosewood details and display cases. These cases are filled with artifacts of the many London musicians who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. In addition to the London Music Hall of Fame, our location features two performance venues. HOF exhibitions include displays celebrating such iconic inductees as Guy Lombardo, Tommy Hunter, Marie Bottrell and Joey Hollingsworth.

Things to do!

  • Our tour guides will offer insight into the many artifacts on display.

  • Special DOL 2019 programming will showcase a range of London music history.

**Construction on Dundas Street may make parking and access difficult. Please plan accordingly.

 


LONDON MUSLIM MOSQUE

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151 Oxford street west / Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm

The London Muslim Mosque is the oldest established mosque in Ontario and the oldest functioning mosque in all of Canada! Serving the community for over 54 years. Renovated facility opened in 2010, making the building able to accommodate the increasing size of congregation, improved accessibility with ground floor access and elevator and environmentally friendly with sensors on utilities. 

Things to do!

  • The LMM will be offering self-guided tours of the mosque and exhibits, henna design application, calligraphy of your name, hijab-wrapping experience, food items, and a mini bazaar!

  • Learn more about the untold stories of this community with story-telling by pioneers of the London Muslim community.

**There is a ground-level entrance at the back doors. There are multiple floors, all accessible by elevator.

**The LMM is a house of worship and service will be in effect throughout the day. The LMM is always open for visitors. Visitors are encouraged to cover their legs and shoulders while on site.

 

 


LONDON POLICE SERVICE HEADQUARTERS

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601 Dundas street / Saturday & Sunday 10am - 3pm

The London Police Service Headquarters building was built on the southwest corner of Dundas and Adelaide Street in 1974 at the site of the former Globe Casket Company. With one building expansion in 1900, the latest expansion was completed in 2009 to accommodate a growing service and meet the operational and training needs of present-day policing. Renovations to the existing portion of the building were completed in 2011, resulting in a highly functional work environment.

 Things to do!

  • Take a guided tour of the London Police Headquarters. See a heritage police vehicle, the firearms range and displays from early police interventions.

  • Meridian will be hosting the Bear Program for the 5th year in a row. The program enables community children to be a part of donating bears to charity by helping them dress the bears in different clothing.

**Please enter the Headquarters through the front door only. No audio/visual photography permitted on the premises.

 

MCINTOSH GALLERY

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1151 Richmond Street/ Saturday 10am - 4pm

A university-based, public art gallery since 1942, McIntosh Gallery collaborates with artists, curators and academics to develop innovative strategies to interpret and disseminate visual culture. Exhibitions, educational programs and special events provide a platform for engagement with visual art and artists. McIntosh Gallery acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts through its 'Assistance to Art Museums and Public Galleries Program,' the Ontario Arts Council, Western University, Foundation Western, and our members and donors.

Things to do!

  • An untold story of the Forest City in and of itself, McIntosh Gallery is the oldest University art gallery in Ontario, and among the oldest of its kind in the Canada! Join us at McIntosh Gallery for Doors Open London 2019, learn about our rich history, and participate in a guided tour of our current exhibitions.

  • Make your own artist book! Cut and paste images and text from a wide assortment of beautiful art magazines to make a unique handmade “zine”. You will be given a blank booklet to start with and all the materials and guidance you need. Refreshments provided. Drop in anytime between 10AM and 3PM.

  • Join us for guided tours of Publishing Against the Grain and Anti-profit: Independent Publishing in London at noon and at 2PM.

**The McIntosh Gallery does not have a street address. It is located on Western University campus between the Social Sciences Building, University College, and the Natural Sciences Building.

**The gallery is unfortunately NOT wheelchair accessible.

 


MUSEUM LONDON

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421 ridout street/ Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Museum London is Southwestern Ontario's leading establishment for the collection and preservation of visual art and material culture. Through public and educational programming, special events and exhibitions, Museum London strives to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of regional art, culture and history.

Things to do!

  • Visit Museum London’s contemporary art exhibitions and learn more about the current trends and movements. Join a guided tour through our permanent collection of historic art and artefacts to discover untold stories of the forest city hidden in plain sight.

  • On Saturday, learn about First Nations culture and history through oral storytelling, music, and dance with performances at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm.

  • Explore exhibitions and refuel at the Rhino Café for lunch or specialty sweets.

  • Shop for art in the Muse Shop.

 


ROGERS TV

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800 York Street / Saturday 11am - 3pm

Rogers TV believes in Local Matters programming, television that brings Londoners together. Tour this television station and learn how community programming is created. Tour the studio and see the different sets for some of the popular, local productions – including What’s Up London, London Today and this year’s new series Her Stories. Also check out the mobile truck, which is used in productions for the London Knights and London Nationals hockey teams.

 Things to do!

  • Attendees will be able to tour the station, including our edit suites, control room, studio, and mobile truck.

**Visitors can access studio from the side door along Rectory Street.

 


THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT MUSEUM

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701 oxford street east/ Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5pm

The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum tells the story of Canada’s first Infantry Regiment. The museum is located in Wolseley Barracks, purpose-built military architecture in 1886-1888 by the Dominion Government to house the «D» Company of the Infantry School Corps. The museum collection is vast and includes a large variety of artefacts: regimental memorials, silverware, uniforms, medals, original art, weapons, military equipment, archives, musical instruments, etc. and the galleries offer visitors many interactive activities.

Things to do!

  • Enjoy a tour of historic Wolseley Barracks, home of The Royal Canadian Regiment.

  • On Saturday RCR will highlight military displays; on Sunday they will have scheduled demos of the Vintage Signals Group. Both days will feature the Captain O’Leary Collection.

**Exterior photography is limited to the area around the historic building.

 


ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

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472 richmond street/ Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 11:30am - 5pm 

St. Paul’s Cathedral is the oldest church in London, Ontario and one of our community's Historic Properties. The Cathedral was designated as a Heritage Property by the City of London on Easter Sunday, April 16th 2006. The Church is home to four stained glass windows by the famous Louis Comfort Tiffany, one of each pair being signed, as well as a large number of embroideries showing the history of the church and the Diocese. Also open for viewing will be the beautiful St. Aidan's Chapel, with its set of embroideries on the life of St. Aidan of Lindisfarne.

Things to do!

  • Upon entering, visitors will be greeted by tour guides and storytellers who would be delighted to share some of the many “untold” stories about St. Paul’s Cathedral - a heritage building situated at the corner of Queens and Richmond for over 175 years.

  • Learn about the church’s military history and see the four magnificent Tiffany Windows, memorials to the Victoria Day disaster, embroideries, and other pieces of memorabilia that tell of London’s history.

  • Hear selections of music being played on the beautiful organ.

  • All welcome to attend 10am service.

**Wheelchair access to the nave is through the ramped south transept door or through the west doors on Richmond Street. Wheelchair access to the chapel, offices, and Cronyn hall is via the ramped door on Clarence Street. The basement and second floor are not wheelchair accessible.

 


WESTERN ARCHIVES AND RESEARCH COLLECTIONS CENTRE

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1151 Richmond Street /  Saturday 11am - 3pm

The Archives and Research Collections Centre (ARCC) is a purpose-built facility that preserves and provides access to Western University’s archives, rare books, and other special collections.

Things to do!

  • Come behind the scenes of Western’s Archives and Research Collections Centre to see selected highlights from the university’s archives, rare books and special collections.

  • Items on display will include first editions and other rare items highlighting our archives and special collections

    **The archives do not have a street address. They are located in the D.B. Weldon Library on Western University campus.

 


WOODLAND CEMETERY

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493 Springbank Road / Saturday & Sunday 1PM - 5PM

Woodland Cemetery was three to four kilometres to the west of the hustle and bustle of 19th century London when the site was established in 1879. Woodland’s beautiful site on the bank of the Thames River made it the perfect spot for a park-style cemetery. Many years have passed since then, but Woodland Cemetery remains as peaceful and beautiful as ever due to its lush variety of trees and wildlife. Woodland features an art deco mausoleum built in 1919, the Fulford-Pixley mausoleum, and 100 acres filled with trees, monuments, and deer. Walking tours are at 1pm and 3pm and last 1 hour.

Things to do!

  • Woodland Cemetery has been the final resting place of Londoners since 1879, and each one of our Victorian-era monuments tells a story about our city and its residents. But how these Londoners were memorialized and what was inscribed on their stones tells us another story about how our society thought about folks on the margins of society over time. We’ll explore our two Mausoleums as well as our Potters Fields on a guided walking tour to show the range of methods for remembering Londoners over the years and give a new voice to those on the margins of 19th century society. You’ll also learn about the monument restoration process and see a stone raised from the ground – weather permitting!

  • Through a delicate theatrical piece of verse and song, discover how Annie Pixley, one of the most popular American actors of the late 1800s, became forever connected to Southwestern Ontario through the loss of her son. Come to the steps of Annie Pixley Fulford Mausoleum for a visitation with Annie as she shares the joys of the stage and motherhood, and the sorrows of her loss. Performances will take place at 2:15pm and 4:15pm in front of the Pixley Mausoleum.

**All tours will begin in front of the Mausoleum.

**The cemetery roads are accessible, but tours require movement across the grassy and sometimes-uneven grounds to see the monuments up close.

**The Mausoleum is fully accessible, but the Pixley Mausoleum is not.

 

Doors Open London is made possible by the generous support of our Founding Corporate Sponsor, Canada Life.

 
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Additional Doors Open London 2019 funders and partners include: 

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