We're back to Brent Toderian's 25 city resolutions and today we look at resolution #20 which reminds us to "find ways to love and support your favorite historical buildings before they are threatened with demolition. They’re a lot easier to save if they’re used and appreciated every day."
As a fan of local history and architecture (and being married to a history teacher!), I really appreciate many of our local historical gems. What draws me to these buildings so often though, other than their appearance, is the stories that go with them. Those stories are not always well-known or easy to learn about. However, that's where Door Open helps us out!
Since 2002, Doors Open Ontario "showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define our communities." Cities that host Doors Open events offer free access and a behind-the-scenes look at public buildings not often open to everyone. I've really enjoyed the many buildings I have explored through Doors Open including the Deloitte Building, the Victoria School, and 44 Gaukel St.
This year's theme is "Water". From the website: "Water is life. Water is local. Water circles the globe – a single, closed cycle. It is fundamental. Our past, our present, our future. At 16 themes sites, explore the ways that water is at the centre of our lives. Indigenous water teachings, water treatment and distribution, watershed conservation and management, water research and science, natural areas and recreation, rivers, wastewater, flooding and floodplains, water efficiency in buildings, waterpower, bridges."
So, pop September 21st (10am-5pm) in your calendar, check out the website for details on each of the locations, and join other community members in learning a little more about our local history and architecture. #365ofgoodWR