Door Open Guelph 2016 is free guided tours of buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites.
- 2 Adults and 3 youths under 17, or
- One adult and up to four youths, 17 years of age or under, or
- 2 Adults.
- Click here for all the terms and conditions about the Guelph Transit Day Pass and where you can purchase yours is listed on Guelph Transit’s website here.
All routes and maps listed below start at Guelph Central Station in Downtown Guelph. All buses run every 30 minutes on Saturday. To find your way back, just click on each map and click the reverse route button. This will give you the nearest bus stop from the venue to bring you back to Guelph Central Station. You can also plan your trip from your house online here.
2016 Site Listing
Hammond Radio Museum
595 Southgate Drive – Route 16 Southgate – Platform Info
Venue Details: Founded in 1982 by Fred Hammond, one of the founding members of Guelph’s Hammond Manufacturing, the Radio Museum houses an extensive collection of rare and historically significant pieces. The 2000+ items exhibited reveal the development of radio throughout the past 100 years. Included are crystal radios, early tabletop and broadcast, early wireless, military and Amateur Radio equipment.
551 Clair Rd W – Route 16 Southgate – Platform Info
Venue Details: The Sleeman name is legendary in Guelph, starting with the first brewery established by John H. Sleeman in 1834 and continuing in today’s modern brewery. The brewing process follows the original recipe book, the bottles follow the original patterns and the “Notorious” family story is showcased in the museum.
395 Southgate Dr – Route 16 Southgate – Platform Info
Venue Details: This striking modern facility opened Phase 1 in 1995, phase 2 in 2006 and received LEED certification in 2011. It features many energy-efficient and sustainable characteristics including rooftop solar, a ground-source geothermal heating and cooling system, high-efficiency plumbing and lighting, and drought-resistant and native species landscaping.
The Guelph Muslim Society
286 Water St. – Route 8 Stone Road Mall (Short 10 minute walk to venue)
Venue Details: The Muslim Society bought this former elementary school in 2012 and developed it into a place of worship, offices, community hall, library, classrooms and a daycare. It can now accommodate up to 1000 people in the masjid for special services. Special tours and displays will help visitors to understand the religion and culture of Guelph’s present Muslims and incoming Syrian refugees.
Trinity United Church
400 Stevenson St N – Route 12 General Hospital – Platform Info
Venue Details: Established in the 1950’s, its architecture and stained glass reflect the retro feel of the 60’s. Beautiful murals enhance the meeting rooms. The church provides an accessible, open, welcoming, multi-media gathering hub for the community. Trinity is proud of its legacy as a caring community of faith in northeast Guelph.
Artist Julia Grady’s home and studio
41 Meadowview Ave – Route 9 Waterloo – Platform Info
Venue Details: Built in 1855 of locally-quarried limestone, this was the home of George John Grange, first sheriff of Wellington County. It features original windows, doors and trim enhanced by modern environmental systems like grey water and heating with a Kacheloffen created by local potter Jessica Steinhauser. Behind the house is the modern studio of artist Julia Grady.
199 Woolwich – 2B West Loop Counter Clockwise – Platform Info
Venue Details: This third John Hall-designed house was built of red brick with white quoins. Also L-shaped, it has a more elaborate door system: an outer door with beautiful glass, miniature hallway and inner door, a trademark of Hall’s designs. Its ornate curved staircase, crown mouldings, ceiling medallions, fireplace pillars and bay window trim and glass are original.
355 Elmira Rd N – Route 20 Northwest Industrial – Platform Info
Venue Details: Housed in an industrial mall, this spirited business is the first craft distillery in Guelph. Using locally-supplied grains, it produces spirits like vodka, gin and moonshine. When the distillery is finished with the grain, it is returned to local farmers for use as animal feed. Visitors will follow the distilling process from mash to bottling.
Blue Iris Studios
193 Woolwich – 2B West Loop Counter Clockwise with short walk
Venue Details: The studio is in the lower level of the 1901 Bell-Kennedy house. With its beautiful Art Nouveau features, the home is a bright and inviting space that has been adapted to suit the needs of a productive craft studio. Iris designs, makes and sells handmade functional pottery, as well as jewellery in fine silver and porcelain.
Dr. Reymarie Yabut Family Dentistry, (Dr. Yabut Smile)
215 Woolwich St – 2B West Loop Counter Clockwise – Platform Info
Venue Details: One of a group of houses by architect John Hall, this frame house built in 1872, unusual in Guelph, was the home of John Hall and his wife. The L-shaped Italianate style is deliberately unsymmetrical. Now used as a home and dental office, it has original flooring, curved staircase, fireplaces, radiators, ceiling medallions and French doors.
Woodside (Findlay Home)
40 Spring St. – Route 12 General Hospital – Platform Info
Venue Details: Built in 1869, this unusual “Jacobethan” house features original window glass and frames, staircase and banister, baseboards and French doors. The owner has renovated the house and built many pieces of furniture using wood from the original trees on the property. It features a Kachelofen created by local potter Jessica Steinhauser.
Woodlawn Cemetery and Lodge
762 Woolwich St – 2B West Loop Counter Clockwise – Platform Info
Venue Details: Built in 1883 as the home of the Union (now Woodlawn) Cemetery keepers, it remains so to this day. Guelph architect John Day’s design fee for the lodge, a stable, greenhouse and coach house (still in use) was $58. Especially attractive are the original oval front doors, mouldings, trim, hand-turned banister and interior window engravings.
Bonus Site: Trails Open – Arkell Woolen Mill and Dam Ruins
Meet at Barber Scout Camp parking area, off Stone Road East. 733 Stone Rd E, Guelph, ON N1L 1B8
Details: The hike starts and ends on the Radial Line Trail atop the Guelph aqueduct, but will venture onto other trails to visit the ruins of the Arkell Woolen Mill and dam on Torrance Creek, and walk under some of Guelph’s largest trees. Dress for the weather. Guided hikes at 11:00, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. Meet at Barber Scout Camp parking area, off Stone Road East. 733 Stone Rd E, Guelph, ON N1L 1B8
With files from Guelph Arts Council News Release