I'm starting up Doors Open posts today. Over two days, nearly 130 buildings in and around the city were open to the public, buildings of heritage and historical value. I'll give you the link for Doors Open events across the province this year. For those of you who are in the province, that's a handy guide for finding events later in the year. For those not here, bring that link to the attention of officials in your home town as an idea if you don't already have something like this going on.
My first stop on Saturday for Doors Open was Southminster United Church. It's an impressive old stone church with an excellent location overlooking the Rideau Canal. It dates back to 1931, and is a result of the union of two congregations during the era that started up the United Church. The church is built in the Gothic Revival style.
The sanctuary lets in a good deal of light.
And the organ is an impressive one, a Casavant.
There are plaques in the church for the First World War, covering the two congregations that amalgamated into this church. This one commemorates those members who perished in the Second World War, after the church was united as one.
Near the church was another location, but it was open for Doors Open just on Sunday, so this was my first stop that day. The Mayfair Theatre dates back to 1932, and is still independent, showing a mix of recent films, art house cinema, classics, and really obscure stuff (plus some real dreck like regular showings of The Room and Rocky Horror Picture Show).
The Mayfair is a lovely place inside, with the interior still preserved from the era, including false balconies and Spanish Revival details. It's even occasionally used as a wedding venue.
One of the balconies had a full sized Alien standing in it.
And at the back of the theatre is mounted Han Solo in carbonite. Full sized, just like in The Empire Strikes Back. Apparently Boba Fett stopped by to see Midnight Run on his way to collect his reward.