It was an honour for me to co-chair this year’s edition of Doors Open Hamilton with the legendary Janice Brown.
The weekend of May 7th and 8th, the Hamilton Region Branch of Architectural Conservancy Ontario hosted the first in-person Doors Open in the province since the start of the pandemic. Janice Brown serves as Secretary on the board of ACO Hamilton. Janice was familiar with my work with the Friends of St. Giles, and invited me to assist with event coordination.
In addition to collaborating on event planning, I handled the main communications and social media for the event. You can see the photo cards I created for social media in the slideshow below, showcasing some of the many beautiful buildings here in Hamilton.
Highlights of the May event included several sites new to Doors Open, including Chedoke Estate, the Coppley building, and Wentworth Baptist. It also celebrated two major milestones: Dundas’ 175th and Stewart & Witton 150, in the form of the Friends of St. Giles’ Stewart & Witton Stadium District tour.
With many thanks to Janice Brown and ACO Hamilton; Doors Open Ontario and the Ontario Heritage Trust; event sponsors the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton-Burlington Society of Architects; Brydie Huffman; and the wonderful site hosts and volunteers.
Since 2002, Doors Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust (est. 1967), an agency of the provincial ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture. Read more about Doors Open Ontario here.
Images: Doors Open Hamilton.
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Founded in 1933, Architectural Conservancy Ontario has helped save hundreds of buildings all across Ontario, and raised awareness of the importance of preserving Ontario’s provincial, municipal, and community heritage. Based in Hamilton’s Ward 3, the Friends of St. Giles are a group of neighbours and residents leading the community-based effort to save Stewart & Witton’s masterpiece, St. Giles Church.