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1. Hope Blooms, Green­house and Gar­den 2346 BRUNSWICK STREET

Stop by Hope Blooms for a chat with some of the staff and youth lead­ers, and a tour of the lovely gar­dens and award- win­ning green­house. En­joy a taste testing of their own fresh herb salad dress­ings.

Through their own ac­tions and hard work, the youth of Hope Blooms learn how to grow food, pro­duce and suc­cess­fully mar­ket value-added prod­ucts, de­velop a small so­cial en­ter­prise from the ground up, and give back to their com­mu­nity.

Open Satur­day only 10 a. m. to 4 p. m.

2. Hope Cot­tage 2435 BRUNSWICK STREET

Be­gun as what was hoped to be a short- term so­lu­tion to a tem­po­rary prob­lem, Hope Cot­tage has grown into an in­sti­tu­tion, firmly wo­ven into the so­cial fab­ric of Hal­i­fax. Hope Cot­tage serves over 200 meals at two sit­tings a day, Mon­day to Fri­day, 90 peo­ple at a time. The cot­tage it­self dates from about 1810.

Hope Cot­tage is fi­nanced en­tirely through do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­nity groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions — no govern­ment fund­ing. The an­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get is ap­prox­i­mately $ 300,000. With a full- time staff of three, Hope Cot­tage re­lies on the as­sis­tance of nu­mer­ous vol­un­teers and the sup­port of a num­ber of lo­cal ho­tels, busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions to help pre­pare and serve the meals. For Doors Open Hal­i­fax week­end, en­joy a complimentary lunch from 11: 30 a. m. to 2: 30 p. m. — fi­nan­cial do­na­tions gladly ac­cepted.

3. Lit­tle Dutch “Deutsch” Church


Orig­i­nally con­structed in 1753, and con­verted to a church in 1756 to serve the Ger­man-speak­ing “for­eign Protes­tants” brought to Hal­i­fax by the Bri­tish Govern­ment, the Lit­tle Dutch Church re­mains Hal­i­fax’s sec­ond- old­est sur­viv­ing build­ing af­ter St. Paul’s Church. The Lit­tle Dutch Church was a chapel of St. Paul’s Parish un­til 1827, when it was trans­ferred to the newly-cre­ated Parish of Saint Ge­orge. To­day, the Lit­tle Dutch Church con­tin­ues to be used as a chapel of Saint Ge­orge’s Parish, host­ing the Daily Of­fices of Morn­ing and Even­ing Prayer dur­ing the sum­mer months.

4. Point North 3065 RO­BIE STREET

A BANC de­vel­op­ment, Point North is a mod­ern and lux­u­ri­ous res­i­den­tial build­ing in Hal­i­fax’s North End. This state- of-the-art, mixed-use de­vel­op­ment of­fers an op­ti­mal ex­pe­ri­ence for area res­i­dents, en­hanc­ing the char­ac­ter of the neigh­bour­hood and cre­at­ing a more pedes­trian friendly en­vi­ron­ment. All suites fea­ture porce­lain tile, vinyl plank floor­ing, two-tone gloss cab­i­nets, tile back­splash, gran­ite coun­ter­tops and six stain­less steel ap­pli­ances. Each re­tail unit at ground level has ex­cel­lent street frontage and large dis­play win­dows. Doors Open Hal­i­fax vis­i­tors will dis­cover th­ese de­tails and a new vista on the city.

5. Saint An­to­nios An­ti­ochain Or­tho­dox Church 6141 CHEBUCTO ROAD

This lovely it­er­a­tion of Saint An­to­nios Church is a unique hy­brid, ex­hibit­ing dec­o­ra­tive fea­tures en­demic to both Or­tho­dox and Angli­can de­nom­i­na­tions.

In 2010, the Saint An­tio­n­ios con­gre­ga­tion had out­grown its pre­vi­ous church build­ing and pur­chased its neigh­bour across the street, St. Matthias Angli­can Church, which was in dan­ger of clo­sure and de­mo­li­tion. A ma­jor two- year ren­o­va­tion was com­pleted in 2012, which in­volved re- ori­ent­ing the al­tar and sanc­tu­ary east­ward, and re­lo­cat­ing the main en­trance, trans­form­ing the church from the clas­sic 1914 English- style, red brick struc­ture it had pre­vi­ously been to one that em­bod­ies the Or­tho­dox faith. On the walls and dome of Saint An­to­nios are painted spec­tac­u­lar re­li­gious de­pic­tions, sim­i­lar to those in St. Ge­orge’s Greek Or­tho­dox Church (an­other Doors Open venue). Pre­cious stained glass win­dows, many com­mem­o­rat­ing St. Matthias parish’s war dead, were be­queathed to Saint An­to­nios by the St. Matthias parish­ioners. For Doors Open week­end, guided tours will be given and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

Open Satur­day 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. and Sun­day 1 p. m. to 4 p. m.

6. St. Ge­orge’s (Round) Angli­can Church 2222 BRUNSWICK STREET

This per­fectly cir­cu­lar struc­ture was built be­tween 1800 and 1812 un­der the patronage of Ed­ward, Duke of Kent, with fi­nan­cial sup­port from his fa­ther, Ge­orge III. The build­ing was ex­panded in the 1820s and again in the 1910s. Saint Ge­orge’s Church is the old­est wooden round church in North Amer­ica, and is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of Pal­la­dian ar­chi­tec­ture. In 1994, a fire heav­ily dam­aged the build­ing and de­stroyed the domed roof. Restora­tion of Saint Ge­orge’s lasted six years.

The crypt holds only two peo­ple: Colonel Joseph Des Bar­res, the car­tog­ra­pher re­spon­si­ble for the map­ping of the At­lantic coast from New­found­land to New York and first lieu­tenant- gover­nor of Cape Bre­ton Is­land, and his wife, Martha.

Open Satur­day only 10 a. m. to 4 p. m.

7. St. Pa­trick’s Church 2263 BRUNSWICK STREET

The parish be­gan un­of­fi­cially in the 1830s as a mis­sion parish, where the com­mu­nity gath­ered in a barn on the cor­ner of Got­tin­gen and Ger­rish streets. By 1843, the Ro­man Catholic pop­u­la­tion in the old North End had in­creased, and the for­mer Dis­senters Meet­ing House (used as an Angli­can gar­ri­son chapel) was pur­chased. Af­ter ren­o­va­tion, it served as the first St. Pa­trick’s Church.

In 1883, it was de­cided to con­struct a new church on the same site and two years later, the new (cur­rent) church was of­fi­cially opened. The build­ing is in the Vic­to­rian Gothic style, red brick with Nova Sco­tia gran­ite trim and stucco- faced sides. It has a sym­met­ri­cal front façade with typ­i­cal Gothic de­tail­ing: hood drip molds, spires, win­dow trac­ery and but­tresses. The church houses a mag­nif­i­cent Cas­sa­vant or­gan that was pur­chased for $ 5,385 and in­stalled in 1898. The or­gan was des­ig­nated a her­itage in­stru­ment in 2006.

In 1896, the Bavar­ian Art Es­tab­lish­ment of Franz Mayer & Co. of Munich and New York was com­mis­sioned to de­sign and in­stall stained glass win­dows in the church. All but four of th­ese beau­ti­ful win­dows re­quired re­place­ment in 1922 af­ter be­ing dam­aged by the 1917 Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion. The 1910 al­tar is of Rut­land stat­u­ary mar­ble built by Grif­fin and Keltie.

Open Satur­day 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. and Sun­day 12 p. m. to 4 p. m.

8. Supreme Court Fam­ily Di­vi­sion 3380 DEVON­SHIRE AV­ENUE

The build­ing that houses the Fam­ily Di­vi­sion of the Supreme Court of Nova Sco­tia was once Rich­mond School, built in 1921 to re­place the orig­i­nal school that had been de­stroyed in the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion of 1917.

The supreme court in Hal­i­fax, es­tab­lished in 1754, is the old­est in Canada and among the old­est in North Amer­ica. The Fam­ily Di­vi­sion of the Supreme Court was es­tab­lished in Nova Sco­tia to deal with all fam­ily law mat­ters aris­ing within Hal­i­fax and Cape Bre­ton Coun­ties.

9. Veith House 3115 VEITH STREET

The build­ing that’s home to Veith House was built in 1924 as the Hal­i­fax Protes­tant Or­phan­age to re­place the pre­vi­ous or­phan­age de­stroyed in the 1917 Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion. The or­phan­age closed in 1969 and shortly there­after the build­ing was re- es­tab­lished as Veith House, a com­mu­nity re­source for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

Ev­ery sum­mer, Veith House is vis­ited by peo­ple who lived in the or­phan­age as chil­dren and by their de­scen­dants. The sto­ries shared by th­ese fam­i­lies in­spired Veith House staff and vol­un­teers to cre­ate the Hal­i­fax Protes­tant Or­phan­age Me­mo­rial Room on the third floor. This is a quiet space con­tain­ing ar­ti­facts from the or­phan­age, as well as items from Veith House’s own 47- year his­tory.

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