City of Windsor Sites Participate in Doors Open Windsor
as part of Heritage Activities and Events for 2022

Doors Open Windsor returns this year on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. The event showcases our city’s architecture, culture and heritage from Old Sandwich Town in the west to Olde Walkerville in the east, and all parts around. The City of Windsor is a proud sponsor of this year’s event, which coincides with the City’s own 2022 Heritage Activities and Events program.

After two years of pandemic restrictions, Doors Open Windsor event organizers are eager to once again open doors to places that are not usually available for public tours, as well as spaces that offer fun, free and family friendly programming for everyone involved. Guests are invited to be a tourist in their own city and to spend a weekend discovering and experiencing Windsor’s story as told by the people and places across 30 sites featured on this year’s program.

“Doors Open Windsor is an amazing educational and experiential tourism initiative that gives us an opportunity to explore some of the unique places that help tell Windsor’s story,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “The sites included showcase our rich and diverse history and highlight historical sites of importance. This event benefits our tourism sector, and is an integral part of how we celebrate Windsor’s heritage. I’m happy to see the event return this year, and thankful to the organizers and all participating sites and programmers for opening their doors to residents and visitors this coming weekend.”

As a means of supporting Doors Open Windsor, the City has created a StoryMap to help residents and visitors navigate this year’s sites.

The City of Windsor’s diverse offerings for this year include:

City of Windsor Heritage Recognition Awards
Ford City Parkette at the intersection of Drouillard Road and Whelpton Street
Thursday, September 22 at 11 a.m.

Ward 5 Councillor Ed Sleiman will present the Heritage Recognition Awards recognizing property owners for long-time heritage stewardship and/or recent well-done rehabilitations. Owners of newly designated buildings are also presented with a heritage designation plaque.

Mackenzie Hall Masonry Restoration Presentation
Mackenzie Hall, 3277 Sandwich Street
Sunday, September 25 – 2:30 p.m.

Join us for an indoor presentation on the conservation work conducted at Mackenzie Hall over the years, with a focus on the recent masonry restoration project. The talk will be followed by an outdoor guided walk-around of the building and property and will feature guest speakers Don Snyder (Friends of the Court), Brandon Calleja (City of Windsor), and Jason Grossi (Studio g+G Inc.).

City of Windsor Heritage Scavenger Hunt

In partnership with Doors Open Windsor, the City is proud to launch its first official Heritage Scavenger Hunt contest. Test your knowledge of architectural features and physical attributes of heritage buildings across Windsor for a chance to win a prize. The contest involves correctly identifying 22 architectural details. All details are visible from public areas and sidewalks. Successful participants will be entered into a prize draw. There will be three fun prizes available in support of Windsor local businesses and organizations. To submit your answers, fill out the finals Answers Page of the Heritage Scavenger Hunt 2022 (fillable PDF), and send it by email to Zoomplanning@citywindsor.ca. The contest ends September 26, 2022.  

Museum Windsor and Doors Open Windsor 2022

Museum Windsor celebrates Doors Open Windsor 2022 with several events planned and free admission at the Chimczuk Museum, François Baby House, and Duff-Bâby Mansion for the weekend. For more information about hours of operation, admission rates and upcoming events, visit www.MuseumWindsor.ca or call 519-253-1812. Highlights of the Museum Windsor weekend program include:

Chimczuk Museum – 401 Riverside Drive West
Saturday, September 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

·       Opening of two new exhibitions: Grace was the Place – celebrating the 100th anniversary of Grace Hospital, and Filipino Community Centre in Windsor: Celebrating 30 Years.

·       Grace was the Place exhibition talk by Marty Gervais, Windsor’s Poet Laureate Emeritus and author of Amazing Grace at 1:00 p.m.

·       Filipino community events, including traditional dancing and a choir performance at 2:00 p.m.

François Baby House – 254 Pitt Street West
Saturday, September 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, September 25 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

·       New exhibition highlighting the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

·       Lego scavenger hunt.

Duff-Bâby Mansion – 221 Mill Street
Saturday, September 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, September 25 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

·       Tour the Duff-Bâby Mansion, one of the oldest buildings in the Windsor area and witness 224 years of history in Sandwich Town.

NEW Coach House Historical Exhibition Tours
1899 Niagara Street, across the parking lot from Willistead Manor
Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In this new historical exhibition, guests are invited to learn about the history of Hiram Walker, the Walker businesses and community impacts, the formation of Walkerville, Edward and Mary Walker, the construction and uses of Willistead Manor, and much more. Explore this new and permanent exhibit designed by HCA Mindbox and supported by The Merinoff Foundation, the Walker descendants, Willistead Manor Inc., the Friends of Willistead, Suede Productions, and the City of Windsor.

Other City of Windsor Owned or Affiliated Participating Sites

Over the course of the weekend, other City owned or affiliated sites participating in one or both days of Doors Open Windsor tours include:

·       Art Windsor-Essex

·       The John Muir Branch of the Windsor Public Library

·       The Capitol Theatre

For a complete list of participating sites, tour and programming dates and times, and more, visit www.DoorsOpenWindsor.com.

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