Doors Open Stratford – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
I know I am jumping around a little with posting Doors Open pictures from different cities but I processed this one a while ago and thought I would post it tonight since I didn’t have anything else ready.
This is St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Stratford and I love this curved balcony. It was just beautiful inside.
The congregation acquired this site in 1838. In 1868, a white-brick church was built, and it continues to be part of the church structure. A larger structure, today’s sanctuary, was built in 1911. The unique stained-glass windows lined with bronze castings are not to be missed. (from the Doors Open Stratford website.)
Doors Open Waterloo Region 2014 – Schnurr’s Hall & Groceries
Schnurr General Store in Linwood was the first site we visited on the Doors Open Waterloo Region event last weekend. I has a fascinating collection of memorabilia.
Schnurr’s Hall hosted community events, meetings, musical shows and a circuit court from 1910 to the 1950s. Remarkably, it has been preserved intact as it was over 75 years ago, with original stage, theatrical sets, walls, floor, ceiling and more – a rare heritage interior. Downstairs, Schnurr’s Grocery is Canada’s oldest independent, family-owned and -operated grocery store.
Click on the pictures below to see larger. Note: four of these pictures were taken by my wife Elizabeth.
Wellington County Museum
I took this shot last June during the Doors Open Fergus – Elora. This building has a fascinating history and is well worth visiting.
“The Wellington County Museum and Archives is a National Historic Site. It is located in a building that stands as the oldest remaining House of Industry in Canada. It was built in 1877 as a “Poor House” or place of refuge for the poor, homeless, and destitute people in Wellington County. It operated as a Poor House and Industrial Farm until 1947 when it became a County Home for the Aged. In it was transformed into the Wellington County Museum and Archives. A new Archives wing opened in 2010.” Quoted from http://www.wellington.ca/en/discover/aboutus_museum.asp
This Saturday Sept. 20th is Doors Open Waterloo Region with a total of 41 different locations to explore. You won’t make it to all but there is plenty of variety to choose from. You can check out this web site to plan your day. http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Waterloo-Region.aspx
A little artistic experimentation for todays post. This was created in Photoshop using a texture blend.
The way we use windows in our buildings today has really evolved over the years. The shuttered windows on the Seagram museum are reflected in the all glass wall of the The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in downtown Waterloo Ontario.
O’Brien Theater, Arnprior
In the town of Arnprior near Ottawa Ontario there is an old theater that was converted into a movie theater in 1928 and is still in operation. It has updated the projection system over the years and also renovated to bring back the look of the old theater. You can read more about it here http://www.obrientheatre.com/site/index.cfm?TID=1&page=bio .
Pakenham 5 Arch Stone Bridge
Just outside of Ottawa Ontario is the little village of Pakenham on the Mississippi River. There you can find this 5 Arch Stone Bridge. It is claimed to be the only one of its kind in North America. It is a beautiful spot to stop for a picnic and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rapids and small waterfalls.
Just below the 5 arch bridge is this beautiful little waterfall on the Mississippi River.
Ferris Wheel Colours
The sights and sounds and colours all come together during the Fall Fairs and Busker Festivals. This was taken at the Busker Festival this year in Waterloo Ontario.
Violet Hill Gas Pumps
Today I am sending you all a Post Card from Violet Hill! Between Shelburne and Alliston Ontario you will find the little hamlet of Violet Hill and these abandoned fuel pumps. I passed by several of these on our travels this summer and each time I thought I should stop and turn around to take a shot but then didn’t. This time I listened to myself and got the shot.