Guelph Arts Council celebrates success of Doors Open Guelph

GUELPH – On May 4, almost 4,000 Guelph residents and out-of-town visitors came out to tour the 13 sites offered at Doors Open Guelph and Trails Open 2019.

Among the many highlights of the day were introductions to some of Guelph’s important heritage buildings, including Lornewood Mansion, The Sovereign, Provincial Offenses Court and Heritage Hall.

“This year’s Doors Open Guelph was a wonderful experience for visitors, sites, and volunteers,” said coordinator Susan Ratcliffe. “We were delighted to have the opportunity to engage artists and new partners in telling Guelph’s stories and sharing its special places.”

Doors Open Guelph is one of Guelph Arts Council’s longest-running programs thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who serve as site captains, tour guides, and researchers, organizers state. 

This year over 200 volunteers pulled together to open the doors of Guelph’s remarkable places.

“Guelph Arts Council thanks its event partners, including City of Guelph, Guelph Museums, Ontario Heritage Trust, Destination Guelph Strategic Co-investment Project and Downtown Guelph Business Association, Doors Open media sponsor Guelph Mercury Tribune, site sponsors Grinham Architects and Williams & McDaniel Property Management, all participating sites, and its Steering Committee and event volunteers,” officials state.