Doors Open PEI

CreativePEI invites you to Doors Open on Saturday June 1, 2019.

An international festival that allows art, culture and heritage buildings, not generally accessible to the public, to open their doors for a day. Many downtown locations in Charlottetown will do just that for FREE. Some will give tours, others will tell neat stories and open secret rooms.

A great opportunity to explore hidden treasures, unique buildings, and forbidden spaces all while learning new stories and history. Come on your own or with family and friends.

You can access this site through CreativePEI or directly at doorsopenpei.ca

Confederation Centre of the Arts

June 1st 2019 – 10am to 5pm

145 Richmond St

Tour times and activities:

From 10am to 3pm join us in The Confederation Chamber Replica for The Story of Confederation that offers visitors the opportunity to experience Province House in Prince Edward Island National Historic Site and the Charlottetown Conference while Province House is closed for conservation work.

From 2:30pm to 3:30pm join us in The Homburg Theatre for a sneak peek at the set for Kronborg – The Hamlet Rock Musical and hear from our Festival team about the production before it opens!

From 3:30pm to 4:30pm c’mon in and design, create and make some wearable art with Kate Sharpley in the Art Bunker! Experience the Centre with a fun activity for children and adults: Button Pins!

The Haviland Club

June 1st 2019 – 11am to 3pm

2 Haviland St

Tour times and activities:

Tours on the ground floor of the house will run every 20 minutes. They will include stories about Esther Lowden, the builder and owner of the house and her friends. They will also speak about the other occupants such as today’s social Club known as the Haviland Club. C’mon in and discover for yourself!

Charlottetown City Hall

June 1st 2019 –  12pm to 3pm

199 Queen St

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City Hall, a National Historic Site, was built in 1888 to house Charlottetown City Council and municipal services, including the Police Department and Fire Department, of the then 35 year old City of Charlottetown. City Council had previously been meeting in the market building on Queen Square before it was decided that a new purpose built, municipal building was to be constructed to house all City services and staff. Some of the most talented architects of the day, Charles B. Chappell and Lemuel J. Phillips, were hired to design the Romanesque Revival style building and the finest craftsmen of the day built it.

So, please come join us on June 1 from 12 noon-3pm and learn about your City Hall. Staff and volunteers will be providing tours of the second floor, the most historic area of the building, every half hour.

Old Protestant Burying Ground

June 1st 2019 – 1pm to 3pm

260 University Ave

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Poet and author Judy Gaudet sees the Old Protestant Burying Ground as a “city under the ground — it is the Charlottetown that used to be.”

Between 1784 and 1873, thousands were buried there including Ambrose Lane, administrator of the early colony; architects John Plaw and Isaac Smith; Hon. George Wright, Surveyor General; Theophilus DesBrisay, the first Anglican rector, who served for 47 years; Benjamin Chappell, first postmaster of PEI; “Fathers and Mothers of the Fathers of Confederation”, United Empire Loyalists, military, and others. The oldest tombstone is for Isabella Bell, 24 years, who died in 1789.

The British army were stationed in Charlottetown from the time the French Regime left until after Confederation. During this time at least 46 British soldiers were buried in the cemetery and two Royal Navy sailors. In addition, many military families had members buried there, in particular, ‘children of the barracks’.

All are welcome to visit this historic cemetery, “a place of quiet beauty … a jewel in our midst”. Tours will be offered between 1pm and 3pm, departing as guests arrive in sufficient numbers.

Charlottetown Fire Department

June 1st 2019 – 10am to 12pm

89 Kent St

Tour times and activities:

Station 1 will be open to the public. They will offer short tours of the department and displays of some emergency response equipment and vehicles. C’mon and see something you’ve never seen before!

St. James Presbyterian Church (the “Kirk”)

June 1st 2019 – 10am to 3pm

35 Fitzroy St

Tour times and activities:

C’mon in and view the building’s beautiful stained glass windows, and William C. Harris’ architectural design of its ceiling. Guides will be available for those interested in hearing more about the building’s history and its connection to a local ghost story that was commemorated on a Canada Post stamp.

The beautiful sounds of the Casavant organ will be shared during a brief organ recital by Frances McBurnie from 12:15pm to 12:45pm.

All are welcome!

The Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island

June 1st 2019 – TBA

175 Richmond St

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The Great George Hotel

June 1st 2019 – 12pm to 5pm

58 Great George St

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C’mon in and enjoy a coffee or tea with a famous Great George Chocolate Chip Cookie in the lobby of The Great George Hotel! Guest Experience Manager, Ian Cheverie, will be there to talk about the historical and experiential of the Hotel.

 

 

More locations to come!

Updates will also be posted on our Facebook event page.

 

How can your location get involved with Doors Open PEI? If interested, please contact Marissa Ladéroute at 902.367.3844 or by email at coordinator@creativepei.ca