Doors Open Hamilton is your passport into some of the most interesting buildings in the city. Some of these are normally closed to the public but on one day a year, they open their doors so you can see what's on the inside. Others are usually open but charge a fee (like the museums); on Doors Open they are free.
Above: William Pring House, now a backpacker's hostel.
Every year different buildings open their doors so not all of these will be available each year. But here are some examples of places from recent years.
Below is the Cooperage at 185 Young Street. It opened in 1882 and has been home to many businesses, including for several decades a repair shop for a train company. Today it houses two architectural firms.
The 21st floor of the former Stelco Tower at 100 King Street West is currently empty. It has an amazing view of the city. Below you can see out to the lake. (This would make a great location for a restaurant with a view, sort of like the CN Tower in Toronto.)
The Steam Museum is often on the Doors Open Hamilton Schedule.
As is the Workers Art & Heritage Centre.
Dundurn Castle usually has very long lineups, so be forewarned!
Whitehern House and Garden is one of the loveliest museums in Hamilton Ontario. Worth a visit any day!
This architectural firm has a great space. They're located in an old renovated building on James Street North above the CBC offices and the Art Gallery of Hamilton's Design Annex.
This old school is being turned into luxury condominiums.
An old building on John Street North, Treble Hall, is being renovated. The plans are to convert it into a performance space. Some of the things left behind by previous owners are these old claw-footed Victorian tubs.
The Hamilton Port Authority has a wonderful 1950s-era building. Their boardroom has a view to kill for...
The front of the building boasts the sculpture of a stone ship sticking out of the staircase, with an unusual figurehead:
Here is a slide show with more buildings -- a converted old textile mill (now an arts hub with studios), and some amazing churches.To view the pictures, click on the little arrow, then click again, one by one.
Interested in Doors Open Ontario events in other Ontario cities? Check out my page on Doors Open Toronto.
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