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Doors Open to celebrate architecture in St. John’s

“Fleming” — a one-hour walking tour — takes place today at 1 p.m. Paul Rowe, in the character of Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming, tells the story of the Basilica — with little known facts about the construction, and the social issues of the times. Tickets are available at the door at the Basilica. Cash only; $12 for general tickets and $10 for seniors and students.
The Basilica Museum of St. John the Baptist is one of many sites open to visitors this Saturday and Sunday as part of the annual Doors Open event – a celebration of the province’s built heritage. -File photo

Door Open returns to St. John’s this Saturday.

The popular annual event celebrates the city’s architecture with free entry to multiple sites that are normally either closed to the public or charge an entrance free.

Visitors can check out historic architectural gems for free thanks to the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust, a volunteer-run non-profit dedicated to preserving the province’s built heritage.

“This year’s Doors Open features a renewed focus on some of our most significant heritage buildings. Doors Open is a fantastic opportunity to get out and explore the architecture of St. John’s,” said president Cory Thorne in a news release.

Participating sites will be open to the public on Saturday, followed by the Doors Open Walking Tour on Sunday.

Led by Grant Genova and Susan Stephen, the walking tour will discuss St. John’s architecture and urban design, from Georgestown to the harbour.

Sites participating in Doors Open 2018 include: George Street United Church, Basilica Museum of St. John the Baptist, Crow's Nest Officers' Club, James J. O'Mara Pharmacy Museum, Apothecary Hall, Newman Wine Vaults, Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, St. John's City Hall, Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church - "The Kirk", Commissariat House, Gower Street United Church, and the Railway Coastal Museum.

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