Doors Open Guelph 2011

Posted on May 5, 2011

Sleeman House was one of the more popular sites in this year's Doors Open. Built in 1891 as a residence for George Sleeman, it has since been converted into a restaurant, then a night club.

Doors Open Guelph 2011 ran from 10am to 4pm on April 30. With 11 sites open but only six hours available, it made for a lively plan-drive-walk on one notably sunny Saturday.

This year's Doors Open also marks the first time that visitors can get up-to-the-minute updates on Twitter.

Visitors waited in line to get into the Sleeman House.

Plans to revive the area around the Sleeman House greeted visitors at the entrance.

The sewing room in which George Sleeman's wife, Sarah, enjoyed.

George Sleeman's brewery, the Silver Creek Brewery, built across the Sleeman House on Waterloo Ave. The brewery was later demolished to make way for the Hanlon Expressway.

High altitude cirrus clouds above the towers of Church of Our Lady.

The Councillors Chamber in the new City Hall.

A view of the VIA Rail station from the former city hall, now the Provincial Court House.

A waiting area in the Provincial Court House.

Visitors come to the end of the tour in the Provincial Court House on a sprial flight of fire exit stairs.

Woodlands House at the Vimy Ridge Farm was constructed in 1846. It was later purchased by the Canadian government and converted into a facility to rehabilitate World War I veterans, and then a summer camp for orphaned children.