The Middleton Water Pumping Station is located in the Galt section of Cambridge. It was built in 1890-91 when Galt became the first local community to have a publicly owned waterworks. Little has changed in 100 years with the original ceilings, walls, trim etc. Decommissioned pumps and motors have been wonderfully preserved and are on display. These shots are by both myself and Elizabeth.
Our second stop on this year’s Doors Open Waterloo Region brought us to the Former Berlin Fire Station No.2 / Station 2 Studios. This 100 year old former fire station has been converted to a dance studio, art studio in addition to several apartments. An interesting feature is the 75 ft. hose drying tower which provided a good view of the city.
Note: Dancer, Artifacts and Spot Photographed by Elizabeth de Boer – Post processing by Neil de Boer.
Doors Open Waterloo Region is an annual event providing visitors an opportunity to tour many noteworthy buildings, interesting places and heritage sites. This year there were 42 sites open to the public! Although the theme this year was Waterloo Region Modern with sites like the Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo I was drawn to the older and repurposed architecture. So with a one day limit we narrowed the list to a few must see locations and set out on an adventure on which the steady rain could not dampen our spirits.
The 1st of 10 location we made it to this year was the Former Rumpel Felt Factory. The original building is 100 years old with several additions added over the years. Today the building awaits its fate as it is being considered to be listed as a property of cultural heritage value. The land it sits on has been acquired by the Region for the new transit centre and hopefully can be repurposed as have other unique building in downtown Kitchener.
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On Sunday September 15 we went to Uptown Waterloo to check out the Open Streets event. Open Streets Uptown Waterloo is a series of community afternoons inviting everyone to come walk, ride and play in our vibrant urban centre along King Street.
Today the Weather Channel created an event on Google+ called sunset day. I went over to the the Conestogo River between Waterloo and Conestogo and got this shot.
The Waterloo Bowling Lanes is under the wrecking ball after 64 years of business in Waterloo. You can still see the wall art from the basement lanes. It looks like Marvin got a little carried away with his laser gun!
My daughter and her husband on the subway in New York City. Are we there yet?