Doors Open Toronto

Youth, Children, Educational

Doors Open Toronto returns on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019, offering free and rare access to more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. Several Anglican sites are participating this year.

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St. George on-the-Hill

Donated as Land for Church by William Gamble, owner of a grist mill on the banks of the Humber River, St George’s was established in 1844. The church was built by architect William Tryell of ‘rough-cast’, with large windows and a spire with tin on its sides. Beautiful stained glass windows depicting the history of the church from pioneer days to the 20th century can be seen throughout the church. Enjoy the Memorial Gardens and the Holdsworth Goudge Walk through the Code Garden to pioneer graves and a potters field. Guided tours highlight the 1970 restoration by architect Peter Stokes. Visitors are invited to join the congregation for Sunday’s 10:30 am service.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:00 pm

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St. James Cathedral

St. James Cathedral has been a Toronto landmark for over 150 years, known for its Gothic Revival architecture, towering spire and the distinctive ring of its bells. Built of local brick and Ohio sandstone, the Cathedral opened for services in 1853 after fire destroyed the previous building. On Saturday there will be guided historical and architectural tours of the site, including the bell tower. Learn about the outfits of Anglican priests in an Anglican Apparel fashion show at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Visitors can participate in an Instructional Eucharist, learn about Anglicanism, and experience a service of Holy Communion at 12:30 pm. Listen to short organ recitals and demonstrations at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:00 pm

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St. Matthew, First Avenue (Riverdale)

St. Matthew’s Church is constructed of red brick with brown Credit Valley Stone and Ohio Stone dressings. The interior roof is an open timbered one with six principals, fitted with tracing and curved braces with the rafters exposed. Visitors are invited to drop by one of Riverdale’s historic community churches for a chance to see some unique architecture, learn about the history of the area, catch one of St. Matthew’s Choir performances or hear a grand organ being played. On Sunday, please join the Sunday service beginning at 10:30 am.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm

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St. Stephen in-the-Fields

One of the oldest churches in Toronto, an unusual Gothic structure, with interior renovations in the Arts and Crafts style. Recently restored 19th century stained glass windows are of high artistic quality. There is also a 19th century Ryder organ with unique polychrome pipes, which is still in active use. The church is now a centre of the Kensington Market community, offering extensive arts and social service programming in addition to worship activities. Visitors can explore the building alone, or be guided by tour leaders. The church organist will be giving performances beginning at 3 PM.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 5:00 pm

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Trinity East (Little Trinity)

A thriving church community in Toronto’s oldest church building. The site has fine examples of Gothic Revival Architecture in two-tone Don Valley brick masonry with limestone features. The church’s false transept was added in 1889 to accommodate a growing congregation but was largely gutted by fire in 1961. Reconstruction after the fire restored many of the pre-1889 design elements and restored the ‘simple’ aesthetic for which Little Trinity is known. Explore informative displays or engage with knowledgeable storytellers. The bell tower will be open periodically throughout the day to give visitors a chance to ring the bell that has welcomed parishioners to twice-daily services each Sunday.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:00 pm

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Church
St. James Cathedral
Location
65 Church St., Toronto , ON