Doors Open Niagara will return in 2012 on Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17 to coincide with the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Please note that not all sites will be open all days.
Participating sites and special events will be updated as they become available here.
2012 is the 10th anniversary of Doors Open Niagara. We will be celebrating the first decade by focusing on buildings and architecture of the 19th century and connecting this to the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 through the inclusion of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Gardens in our site offerings the weekend of June 15 to 17. We will launch the overall celebration on Friday June 8 with the declaration of Binational Architecture Week and through a series of special events and retrospectives that will continue during Doors Open Weekend.
If you are a built heritage site or Peace Garden located withing the geographic area of Niagara Region, Ontario and Niagara, Erie and Orleans Counties is Western New York that is interested in participating in 2012, please download the application here or contact The Binational Economic & Tourism Alliance at 716.856.6525 x 133 / 1.877.884.2736 x 133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Winning Photos from the 2010 Doors Open Niagara photography contests ("Art of Architecture" and "architage") will be on display at The Sanctuary, Centre for the Arts in Ridgeway, Ontario (209 Ridge Road N. - corner or Ridge Road & Elm Street) during January & February 2012.
Click here for list of winning photographers and photos.
Built Heritage News:
March 12, 2012 Newsletter - click here
Thank you to our Doors Open Niagara & Peace Garden Sponsors 2012:
DOORS OPEN NIAGARA is organized by a steering committee of volunteers from both Canada and the United States in association with the Binational Tourism Alliance (BTA). The BTA is a tourism product and infrastructure development and training organization. It has been working with tourism, cultural and hospitality partners in the binational region since 2001 to develop the cross-border region into an internationally recognized, year-round cultural tourism destination.
A variety of special events will highlight the wealth of both old and new architecture and design in this region by introducing exciting new elements of design, indoor and outdoor landscaping, environmental and reuse projects, into the heritage and architecture mix that Doors Open Niagara has always celebrated.
"The Art of Architecture" is the theme of this year's DOORS OPEN NIAGARA, with a special emphasis on discovering art in and around historically and architecturally significant sites. Among the types of art visitors can encounter are:
- Architectural: interior and exterior construction and architectural details; examples of rare design styles
- Fine Art Collections: galleries and exhibits contained in many sites as well as permanent art collections
- Decorative Art: interior decor; original and reproduction furnishings and antiques
- Historical Art: memorabilia, folk art, historical artifacts
- Mechanical Art: antique machinery and equipment, tools, vehicles and engineering marvels
- Horticultural & Landscape: formal gardens, labyrinths, picturesque grounds
Participating sites include elegant residences and inns, churches containing magnificent stained glass windows, Industrial Age factories, municipal buildings, museums, schoolhouses, and sites that played a role in the Underground Railroad. A wide variety of architectural styles are represented including 18th and early 19th century stone and log structures, homes and buildings crafted in the Victorian, Neo-Classical, Art Deco, Italianate and Greek Revival styles, and churches of Romanesque and Gothic Revival design. Many of the sites in both the U.S. and Canada are registered as National Historic landmarks and others played important roles in the history of both countries.