Doors Open Regina begins Saturday in the Queen City and it’s your chance to see — up close — some of the heritage this city has to offer.
Sheila Farnell is the Summer Program Coordinator with the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District. She says if you’re not sure where to start, take a tour.
“A lot of the sites we have do have guided tours on the hour. At 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00,” Farnell said. “And a lot of the sites have a self-guided option for those who do not wish to be a part of the tour. There are several buildings which do have a stipulation that require members of the public to be on a giuded tour. And that would be the Frontenac Apartments and the Leader Building.”
Farnell says people are often astonished at how much history there is in Regina.
“A lot of people don’t realize how much history we have in the downtown core,” Farnell said. “And how much we’ve preserved it over the years. A lot of people just walk by it and don’t really think too much about the history we have.”
She says the list of sites at Doors Open Regina 2017 is very impressive.
“They open their doors and you get to see areas you normally wouldn’t get to see,” Farnell said. “Knox Met. You’ll be able to see the bell tower. They’ll be able to play the organ for you. At the Hotel Saskatchewan, you’re going to see a lot of the ballrooms at the Plaza Club. The Leader Building, on the rooftop patio. At St. Paul’s Cathedral, we’re going to go into the sanctuary and also the community hall.”
Doors Open is part of an international movement that aims to create public access to historical buildings.
To get started Saturday, Farnell says people should come to the headquarter tent, which is located at the north side of the Cenotaph in Victoria Square. Things begins at 10 and run until 2.
Doors Open Regina is presented by Harvard Developments.