Welcome mats are ready to roll out across the city for the 16th annual Doors Open, taking place Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24. The event offers free access to buildings with architectural, historical, cultural or social significance. The theme this year is ‘Sports, Recreation and Leisure’ and there are four East End locations participating.
The RC Harris Water Treatment Plant, a perennial favourite, was built in the 1930s in the Art Deco style, and is designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Site. A self-guided tour leads visitors throughout the grounds and into the pump house and filter building. 2701 Queen St. E. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The iconic clock tower standing tall above Fire Station 227 at Queen Street East and Woodbine Avenue is often considered the landmark that designates the western entrance to the Beach neighbourhood. The fire hall was built in 1905 and has undergone extensive interior and exterior renovations over the years. It features Dutch, Flemish and English architectural styles. Non-scheduled tours will be held throughout the day. 1904 Queen St. E. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fool’s Paradise, the lakeside home of artist Doris McCarthy, is a 12 acre property perched atop the Scarborough Bluffs. McCarthy fell in love with and bought the property in 1939, but her mother saw it as an extravagant purchase at the time, calling it “that fool’s paradise of yours.” McCarthy would make it her home and studio until her death in 2010. Guided tours, led by Ontario Heritage Trust staff, will take visitors through the interior of the house and studio. 1 Meadowcliffe Drive. Open Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monarch Park Stadium is a state-of-the-art athletic facility located at Monarch Park Collegiate Institute. It was built in 2013 and features the longest indoor running track in the city, an NFL-sized football field, a fitness training centre, a winter dome and a modern clubhouse. 1 Parkmount Rd. Open Saturday, with special events planned, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, with regular pre-scheduled programs operating, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.