Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Posts tagged “Cambridge Ontario

School of Architecture

Students at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge Ontario can get inspiration not only from the building the school is in (the former Riverside Silk Mill) but also by looking out of the library window for a view of the Old Post Office / Idea Exchange which has been renovated and expanded incorporating an innovative blend of old and new.

These two sites were on the list of 34 sites open to the public during Doors Open Waterloo Region 2018



Doors Open Waterloo Region 2015 – Young Chapel

The Young Chapel is in the Mount View Cemetery in Cambridge. It was a real treat to get to explore the inside of this rarely opened jewel.

Unchanged and rarely opened, this chapel boasts beautiful original exposed-timber roof, stained-glass windows, chandeliers and woodwork. See the original basement vault and two-floor casket hoist system. The exterior features superb stonemasonry, original lighting and a slate roof. The chapel was built by the family of James Young, local businessman, journalist and MP in Canada’s first parliament (1867).

Young Chapel

Young Chapel

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Young Chapel Entrance

Young Chapel

Young Chapel

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Young Chapel casket hoist system in the basement

Doors Open Waterloo Region 2015 – Trinity Anglican

Another Doors Open Waterloo Region has come and gone and this year had no lack of interesting sites to visit.

One of our first stops was Trinity Anglican on Blair Rd. in Cambridge. Here is the description from the Doors Open Web site.

Trinity Anglican is the oldest church building in Galt (Cambridge), set in a traditional churchyard surrounded by a cobblestone fence with a 1909 lych gate. Trinity’s striking, exposed-timber nave roof has ornately decorated trusses. Other highlights include beautiful stained-glass windows, an 1845 bell, an abundance of carved woodwork by Waterloo’s Globe Furniture Company, and other vintage wood trim.Trinity AnglicanTrinity Anglican-3
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Doors Open Waterloo Region – Gore Mutual Insurance Company

Stop number eight on the Doors Open Waterloo Region was the Gore Mutual Insurance Company in Cambridge. The original building of the Neoclassical Revival style with lots of marble in the interior was spectacular. It was originally built in 1935 with additions in 1955 and 1974.

Gore Mutual Entance

Gore Mutual Entrance

Doors Open Waterloo Region – Galt Arena Gardens

The 7th location we visited on the Doors Open tour was the Galt Arena in Cambridge. Built in 1922 it is said to be the oldest continually operating indoor hockey arena in existence. The limestone and brick exterior along with the original BC red fir ceiling were a treat to see.

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Galt Arena Exterior

Galt Arena Exterior

Doors Open Waterloo Region – Cambridge Armoury

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The Col.  J.A. McIntosh , DSO, ED Armoury in Cambridge was our 6th stop in this years Doors Open Waterloo Region. Built in 1914 it is the home of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada and is a Federal Heritage Building. The interior has lots of beautiful wood finishings and the Regimental history displays were very interesting.
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Doors Open Waterloo Region – Middleton Water Pumping Station

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.

Galt Public Library

Galt Public Library

Galt Public Library

This is the old Galt Public Library  is a Carnegie Library building – built in 1903 and served as the Library till 1969. It is one of the many wonderful historic buildings in downtown Galt/Cambridge.

3 exposure HDR, Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz adjust.

Cambridge Mill

Cambridge Mill Resturant

Cambridge Mill Restaurant

This is the second time I have posted a shot of the Cambridge Mill. This shot was taken when it was darker out and a slightly different angle. The previous one is here.


Centennial Fountain

Centennial Fountain

Centennial Fountain – Galt Cambridge Ontario

This is on of the photos from Wednesday’s photo walk in the Galt section of Cambridge. It is a fountain built for Canada’s Centennial in 1967. It is located in Queen’s Square.

3 exposure HDR, photomatix, noiseware, photoshop, topaz, Lightroom

Group of Four

Jim, Rick, John & Neil

Our Group of Four

The best way to improve you photography is to practice and there is no better motivation to practice than to share the experience.  The four of us got back together after a busy summer and took some pictures of a classic car show and the architecture of down town Cambridge (Galt). We try to get out at least once a month. Anyone is welcome to join us. If you are in the Kitchener / Waterloo area send me an email and I will let you know when we are going out again.

I’m the only one without a camera in the shot since it is taking the picture on timer. This is actually a 3 exposure HDR. We all sat real still for the longest exposure which was 2.5 seconds.

Cambridge Mill Restaurant

Cambridge Mill

Cambridge Mill Restaurant

This is the Cambridge Mill Restaurant. It has undergone extensive renovations and is a unique blend of old and new architecture. It has become a very popular spot for weddings.

3 Exposures. Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, Noiseware, Lightroom.

Mill Race Park Stone Arch

Stone Arch

Stone Arch at Mill Race Park Cambridge

This was taken at Mill Race Park in Cambridge Ontario. It is the same area as my previous post “Troll Bridge”. I think it is an interesting contrast between the stone construction of the original mill and the concrete construction of the bridge.

3 Exposure Photomatix HDR, Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz.

Troll Bridge

Troll Bridge

Under the Troll Bridge

This evening I when on a photo walk in Cambridge with my friend Anthony. I thought I might be able to get a shot of the infamous Cambridge Troll. I crept down under this bridge hoping to find him. Since Trolls are very camera shy his spies must have informed him of my approach and he was gone. The only evidence of this being his lair is the depression on the ground under the bridge where he sits. You can see it on the right side of the picture.   O well, maybe next time.

This is a 3 Exposure HDR. Processed in Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz and Lightroom.