Two Stittsville buildings are on this year’s Doors Open list

(via City of Ottawa)

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Doors Open Ottawa continues to be the second-largest Doors Open architectural event in North America.  Since its inception in 2002, over 850,000 visitors have discovered some of the city’s most prestigious buildings including Earnscliffe: Official Residence of the British High Commissioner, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Embassy of the United States, and the Connaught Building….just to name a few.

Whether you’re a resident or visitor to the nation’s capital, take advantage of the Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus, operating within walking distance of over 50 participating buildings. Or, take the opportunity to enjoy the summer sun and cycle your way around the city on a Doors Open Ottawa bicycle tour offered by Escape Bicycle Tours. No bike, no problem! Visitors can visit numerous buildings per day by making their way around the downtown core on foot.

On June 4 and 5, 2016 pay homage to Ottawa’s history, culture, and stunning architecture. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s the perfect way to discover how Canada’s Capital has become the beautiful city it is today. And don’t forget… Share your #DoorsOpenOttawa experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For disability-related accommodation required to participate fully in this event, please contact us at doorsopen@ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1.

There two Stittsville locations participating this year.

 


The Goulbourn Museum (2064 Huntley Road)
Open Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5, 10am-4pm

Built in 1872, the building currently known as the Goulbourn Museum used to be the old Town Hall. It was originally home to council meetings, parties, and dances. The adjacent History Centre building was built in 1961, and was the former Clerks building. Now it is used as office space, and stores the Museum’s collection of over 9,300 artefacts. For Doors Open, they’re offering a behind-the-scenes look at their collection.

South Carleton Beanie: One fabric beenie, red and white cap, stiffened rim with "South Carleton" written in white capital letters.
South Carleton Beanie: One fabric beenie, red and white cap, stiffened rim with “South Carleton” written in white capital letters.  One of the nearly 10,000 artefacts in the Goulbourn Museum’s collection.

Sterling Howie Firehall (Station 81)
1643 Stittsville Main Street, Stittsville Map
Open Saturday, June 4, 10am-4pm

The “taj mahal” of volunteer firehalls, it opened in 2000 and is named for Sterling Howie, a 40-year firefighter, former district chief, and captain who passed away 2010.  Stittsville’s volunteer firefighting tradition stretches back to the 1940s. (Read more)

Stittsville's volunteer firefighters in front of Station 81. Photo by Barry Gray.
Stittsville’s volunteer firefighters in front of Station 81. Photo by Barry Gray.
The station's 1929 Buick Pumper. In use until the 1960s, now it's used for community events like the annual Santa parade.
The station’s 1929 Buick Pumper. In use until the 1960s, now it’s used for community events like the annual Santa parade.

 


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