Are participating buildings open for the full two-day Doors Open Ottawa event?
Ideally, your building would be open to the public both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. This will give visitors enough time to enjoy your building(s). Please contact the Doors Open Ottawa Event Manager if you have any scheduling concerns.
I'd like to participate in Doors Open Ottawa but I don’t want the public to roam freely through my building(s).
- You do not need to open the entire building(s). Simply choose the most unique rooms.
- Have an orientation area near the lobby where the public can receive information about your building(s) and your organization.
- Direct the public to a few places (like an original boardroom, a room with a special view of the city, a restored stained glass window, or a behind-the-scenes location.)
- Have staff or volunteer guides on hand to talk about the special features of these areas.
- Choose to run brief guided tours through your building(s).
- Prevent theft by locking away valuable items and secure rooms that are not open to the public.
Who is responsible for opening my building(s) and supervising the public during Doors Open Ottawa?
As a building owner/manager participating in the Doors Open Ottawa weekend, you (and your staff/volunteers) are responsible for opening your building(s) and supervising visitors. We can provide a limited number of t-shirts to identify your staff/volunteers as Doors Open Ottawa volunteers.
What else is expected of us?
While the Doors Open Ottawa printed guides (English and French) will offer basic historic and architectural facts about the buildings, we encourage you to provide additional information, such as printed handouts, scheduled lectures or exhibits, or guided tours. Station your staff/volunteers throughout the buildings so that they can answer questions.
Keep track of the number of visitors to let us know the daily attendance.
What about liability and insurance issues?
The City of Ottawa maintains Municipal Liability insurance related to the Doors Open Ottawa program. Participating building owners will be added as Additional Insureds. Doors Open Ottawa is covered for public liability, but not for property damage or theft. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are suitably insured.
How will my building be identified to the public as one of the Doors Open Ottawa sites?
To identify your buildings we will provide a large Doors Open Ottawa banner to hang on the outside of your building. There is no charge, but it must be returned to the City of Ottawa. Information about your building will be included in Doors Open Ottawa promotional materials, including English and French guides, press materials and the Doors Open Ottawa Web site.
Can I charge admission to my building?
No. Admission to all buildings must be free. The focus of Doors Open Ottawa is to celebrate heritage and architecture, by making participating buildings open to all. You may sell refreshments, reading material, and souvenirs or provide free information about your organization (e.g., brochures, and membership forms).
Some buildings are already open to the public. Can they still participate?
Buildings that fit the Doors Open Ottawa profile and that are normally open to the public (e.g., historic and/or architecturally important embassies, government buildings, theatres, churches, museums, etc.) may be included if admission is free and special activities or events are offered, such as exhibits, talks, musical recitals, or behind-the-scenes tours.
Why should I participate in Doors Open Ottawa? What's in it for me and my organization?
- Doors Open Ottawa participants will be associated with a well-publicized, high profile event that celebrates Ottawa's unique urban and rural architectural heritage.
- Doors Open Ottawa is the largest architectural and heritage event in the city.
- Doors Open Ottawa creates community pride. The event allows residents and tourists to discover our city by exploring a wide range of buildings.
- Participation in Doors Open Ottawa is an excellent way to reach out to the public and raise awareness of your unique building.
- Displaying our heritage helps the community cherish Ottawa's neighbourhoods, communities and history.
What criteria must be met in order for a building applicant to be considered a suitable candidate by the Doors Open Ottawa Advisory Council?
The Doors Open Ottawa Advisory Council is the committee responsible for determining whether a building is eligible to participate in the event based on specific criteria designed to value its historical, cultural, functional, and/or architectural significance.
If you think your building would be a suitable candidate for Doors Open Ottawa, please review the criteria outlined. Please note that while it’s not necessary to meet every criterion, buildings that largely meet the criteria listed below will have a stronger chance of being selected.
Preference will be given to buildings that meet the following criteria:
- Buildings that are not normally open to the public, or have areas that are not usually open to the public.
- Buildings that are open to the public but have some significant historical, functional, cultural, and/or architectural features that will be showcased during the event.
- Buildings that can commit to opening their doors for TWO FULL days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Buildings that are celebrating significant milestones and/or anniversaries.
- Buildings that have been recognized with an award for their heritage, urban design, and/or architecture.
- Buildings that have significant interior features.
- Buildings that are an example of a successful adaptive reuse.
- Buildings that feature excellence in contemporary design and/or innovative green/sustainable/LEED elements.
- Buildings located in close proximity to other building participants in order to help form a cluster; and,
- Buildings that represent cultural diversity.
Who is funding Doors Open Ottawa?
Doors Open Ottawa is funded by partnerships between the City of Ottawa, corporate sponsors, and individual donations. If you own a business or are part of an organization that would like to sponsor Doors Open Ottawa, please contact:
Amy Kudrinko, Coordinator
Doors Open Ottawa, City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-580-9674, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org