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Binational Doors Open Niagara & Heritage Peace Garden Trail

Submission by Arlene White, Executive Director, Binational Alliance:
Welcome to Binational Doors Open Niagara. Join us this June to celebrate our 10th anniversary!​ 2012 is a very special year in our cross-border region.  We are kicking off the War of 1812 Bicentennial – an event that played a major role in defining Canada, the United States and the 200 years of peace we have shared since that war ended. 
The Binational Alliance invites you to join us this June to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Doors Open Niagara and launch of the Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail – an 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Project permanently connecting the built heritage, architecture & garden landscapes of the Southern Great Lakes.  Click here to learn more about the Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail.
You’ll enjoy ten amazing days of special events, tours, exhibits and performances, culminating in the free Doors Open Niagara weekend between Friday, June 15 and Sunday, June 17. Click here to learn more about Doors Open.
Free entry for Doors Open Weekend, June 15-17
Buffalo Doors Open Sites
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and Peace Garden
2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo NY 14218

Year Built: 1898-99
Architect: Lord & Burnham
Description: Designed by Lord & Burnham, premier designers of Victorian glass houses, Victorian conservatory opened in 1900. The unique tri-domes glass, wood and steel design was based on the famous Crustal palaces in Kew Gardens Palm House in England. With over an acre of glass, the Botanical Gardens is a national Historic Site, education center, and tourist destination full of exotic horticultural treasures from around the world.
Open: Friday 10am to 5pm Free Admission, Sat and Sun 10am to 5 pm Paid Admission
Connecticut Street Armory NY National Guard
184 Connecticut St, Buffalo NY 14213
716.888. 5700

Architect Isaac Perry and Williams Lansing
Year Built: 1898-99
Description: Superb example of Richardson -Romanesque Architectural style. Largest armory in the world at time of completion. Built to impress, size and extensive decorative woodwork reflect the power and prestige of Buffalo, New York State and the United States of America. Designated as a National Historic Site.
Open: Friday ONLY 9am to 3pm *Not normally open to the public
Market Arcade
617 Main St, Buffalo NY 14203
716 852 3300

Architect: EB Green & Sidney Wicks
Year Built: 1892
Description: Not looking to Chicago for ideas, Market Arcade owner and oil tycoon GB Marshall asked architect EB Green to contemplate European arcades. Indeed, the building is Buffalo’s first mall. With its bright, narrow interior with floor to ceiling windows on both sides, Main and Washington street entrances are also adorned with intricate terra cotta. It now houses a variety of businesses and the Buffalo Visitor Center.
Open: Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm
The Mansion on Delaware
414 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14202

Architect: George Allison
Year Built: 1869
Description: The Mansion on Delaware, located on Buffalo’s premier street, is a true testament to the preservation of Downtown Buffalo’s unique architectural history. Restored in 2001, the Mansion is Buffalo’s only AAA Four Diamond Award Winner, Conde Nast recommended and Zagat rated hotel. Where old world charm and modern luxury surround.
Open: Saturday  and Sunday 11am to 4pm
St. Adalbert Basilica
212 Stanislaus St, Buffalo NY 14212
Architect: Hubert and Company
Year Built: 1890
Description: Founded in 1886 as the second Polish parish in the City of Buffalo, St. Adalbert Basilica, completed in 1891, features a massive marble altar, stained glass windows imported from Germany and murals by Joseph Mazur. Twin Towers rise 150 feet high, the large dome measures 40 feet in diameter and soars 125 feet above the main nave. The basilica’s stations of the cross and black Madonna altar are both breathtaking and very unique. In 1907, in response to a petition put forth by Bishop Charles Colton, his holiness the Pope Pius X by an authenticated document adjoined the Church of Saint Adalbert to St Peters Basilica in Rome, thereby granting it the privilege of Basilica. This was granted August 11, 1907, making it the oldest basilica on the East Coast.
Open Sat 10am to 6:30pm and Sun 10am to 4pm
Events: Sat June 16th 5:30pm Mass and 30 minutes guided tours available

St. Anthony of Padua Church

160 Court St, Buffalo NY 14202

Architect: Michael Sheehan/A.A.Post
Year Built: 1891
Description: The mother Italian Catholic Church of Western New York, St. Anthony’s Church has a Romanesque exterior and a Roman Basilica interior with elegant baroque ornamentation. The 1889 Hook and Hastings Pipe Organs are among the areas most historic organs. The church is adorned with many unique and distinctive statues of saints.  First Italian Catholic Church in Buffalo, first bilingual Italian Catholic school in the United States and First Italian Catholic Church built by Italian for Italians in the United States.


Open: Fri 8am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 6pm, Sun 8am to 5pm

eace Garden Site
Black Rock Heritage Peace Garden
Garden Launch: August 26, 2012
260 Dearborn St.
Buffalo, NY 14207
The garden location lies in the heart of the Historic Black Rock Neighborhood, home to 3 significant episodes of the War of 1812. Most importantly the neighborhood is the site of the original Black Rock Village and has been continuously occupied since that time. The garden at its inception in 2008 features 2 smaller gardens; one celebrating the “garden of the 18th century” and the other celebrating Indian Heritage called the “Three Sisters Garden.”


Niagara Doors Open & Peace Garden Sites – Open Free June 15 to 17

1. The Benjamin Long Homestead 
2. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and Peace Garden
3. Colonel William Bond-Jesse Hawley House
4. Connecticut Street Armory NY National Guard
5. Das Haus Heritage Museum
6. Erie Canal Discovery Center and Penny Gallery
7. Hull Family Home & Farmstead and Peace Garden
8. Lehigh Valley Historic Site
9. Lewiston Peace Garden
10. Market Arcade
11. McClew Interpretive Center at Murphy Orchards
12. Niagara County Historical Society Campus: Out water Building (1863), Washington Hunt Law Office (1835), Kandt House (1880) and Pioneer Building (1899)
13. North Tonawanda History Museum’s The Lumber City History Center
14. St Anthony of Padua Church
15. Saint Adalbert Basilica
16. The Mansion on Delaware 
17. Town of Porter Historical Museum -Youngstown Red Brick School 
18. Youngstown Peace Garden 
1. Fort Erie Historical Museum
2. Niagara Historical Society & Museum
3. Willoughby Historical Museum
4. St. George’s Anglican Church
5. St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre
6. Jordan Historical Museum 
7. The Fry House
8. 3800 Main St, Jordan 
9. Niagara Apothecary Museum
10. Morningstar Mill
11. Holy Trinity Anglican Church 
12. RiverBrink Art Museum
13. Grimsby Bicentennial Peace Garden
14. Grimsby Museum
15. Battleground Hotel Museum
16. Niagara Bruce Trail Association 
17. Willoughby Community Centre
Other Binational Heritage Peace Gardens Launching in 2012 (Learn more)
1. May 27 – Victor, NY
2. June 1 – Burt, NY
3. June 15 – Leamington, ON, Niagara University, NY
4. June 16 – Sacket’s Harbor, NY
5. June 21 – Tecumseh, ON
6. June 22 – Thamesville, ON
7. June 29 – Youngstown, NY
8. July 1 – Fort Erie, ON
9. July 4 – St. Marys, GA
10. July 19 – Windsor, ON
11. July 20 – Colchester, ON
12. July 22 – Lancaster, NY
13. Aug 9 – Reif Winery, NOTL, ON
14. Aug 26 – Black Rock, Buffalo, NY
15. Sept 1 – Winery, Colchester, ON
16. Sept 8 – Olde Sandwich Towne, Windsor, ON
17. Oct 13 – Amherstburg, ON
June 8, we’ll be kicking off Architecture Week in the binational Niagara Region, with a special focus on the architecture of the 19th century.  Jackson Triggs Stratus and Southbrook Wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake will be offering architectural tours of their sites and Jackson Triggs is the location of our special Doors Open Niagara 10th Anniversary celebration on Saturday evening, August 31.  We’ll be highlighting the architecture of binational Niagara through video, photographic and architectural exhibits and opening the doors to the next decade of Doors Open Niagara through dance and music in a new cross-border collaboration of Canadian and American dancers from Toronto’s Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Buffalo’s Configuration Dance Theatre, and the works of artists Amy Taravella, Lacey Smith and Veronica Lake. Tickets went on sale this week – go to
Between June 9 and 14, the 35 heritage sites and Peace Gardens involved in 2012 Doors Open will be offering a variety of special exhibits, lectures, tours and programs and from Friday June 15 to Sunday June
17, they will offer free entry to all visitors to these sites during the Doors Open weekend.


The 2012 Art of Architecture and Architage photography contests are open to all visitors and participants in Doors Open and there will be a variety of prizes and opportunities for the winning photographers to exhibit their works in galleries and museums on both sides of the border. And a special downloadable passport  will entitle participants to enter into a grand prize getaway in Niagara later this summer.  For complete details about the Doors Open 10th Anniversary celebrations and to purchase tickets to the June 9 event at Jackson Triggs, go to
The Binational Alliance invites you to join us to celebrate ten years of Doors Open Niagara and two hundred years of Peace between Canada and the United States on Saturday, August 31 at Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. You’ll enjoy a magical evening of local wine and food, architectural exhibits from the University at Buffalo Architecture & Education program, photography exhibits from the first decade of Doors Open Art of Architecture and Architage contests, the Unbuilt Niagara video retrospective – the best designs never built, and a special binational dance showcase featuring dancers from Toronto’s Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Buffalo’s Configuration Dance Theatre and artists Amy Taravella, Lacey Smith and Veronica Lake.  We’ll be premiering two new Peace Dances choreographed by Gerry Trentham of Pounds per Square Inch and danced to a new musical composition by Julia Aplin and her band Heartsong.The event begins at 6 p.m. and guests can take advantage of the wonderful culinary options provided by Jackson Triggs – enjoy an exquisite barrel cellar dinner with wine-paired courses or relax on the patio with the barbeque selections provided by the on-site chefs under the direction of David Penny and recommended Jackson Triggs wine for tastings or by the glass.Ticket prices start at $55 for the winery exhibits and amphitheatre dance performance and wine and food samples, with VIP tickets available for those who would like to take in the barrel cellar dinner and end the evening in the executive lounge with a private gathering to meet the artists and take away a special memento of the evening at the winery.  For complete details and to purchase your tickets go to

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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