Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Doors Open Waterloo Region – Rumpel Felt Factory

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.
Click on one of the pictures below to see them larger.


12 responses

  1. thehumansarah

    creepy. interesting. creepy. interesting. im drawn to this sort of thing.

    September 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  2. I have enjoyed many open doors events here in Toronto. It is a great way of seeing the inside of buildings we normally walk or ride past.

    September 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    • That’s Great! We are going to try to take in a few other communities next year. It is a fun way to spend a day.

      September 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

  3. Some lovely HDR here Neil!

    September 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm

  4. nexi

    The yellowed pages is priceless & love the arresting top view of the stairs.

    September 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

  5. All great pictures!

    September 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm

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