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Buildings on Tour 2021

Doors Open Holyoke gives the public unique access to buildings within our city. The tours below were offered in 2021. Learn more about these buildings & businesses below. Click on their name to be directed to their websites.

THE CUBIT

164 Race Street

Est. 2017

The Cubit offers modern loft-living with spectacular views in a former wire-manufacturing building. Our lofts have open space plans, high ceilings, and amenities designed for comfort and convenience.

THE CUBIT COWORKS

164 Race Street -- Lower Level

Est. 2019

Cubit Coworks offers a contemporary mix of coworking, meeting, and collaboration. We offer open-space tables, dedicated desks, private offices, conference rooms, phone booths, a relaxing lounge, and outdoor seating. Offices are tastefully designed, fully furnished, and include all the amenities you expect from a first-rate work space.

ARMOUR YARD

164 Race Street -- Outdoors

Est. 2021

Armour Yard is a pop-up beer garden, event and social gathering space. It is a collaborative effort with Holyoke Craft Beer. Although not a permanent venue, the idea is to foster ongoing friendship, activism, and community in Holyoke.

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The Cubit Holyoke Exterior

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The Cubit Holyoke

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The Cubit Holyoke Kitchen

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The Cubit Holyoke Exterior

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Taps at Armour Yard Holyoke

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Table of flowers with Armour Yard logo

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Patio at Armour Yard Holyoke

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Taps at Armour Yard Holyoke

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MGHPCC (MASSACHUSETTS GREEN HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING CENTER)

100 Bigelow Street

Est. 2012

Provides state of the art infrastructure for computationally intensive research that is indispensable in the increasingly sensor and data-rich environments of modern science and engineering. Computers at the MGHPCC run millions of virtual experiments every month, supporting thousands of researchers in Massachusetts and around the world.

Pre-register for guided tours:

11am, 3pm

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MGHPCC, Holyoke

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**MGHPCC requires everyone visiting the facility present a vaccination card indicating that they have been vaccinated at least two weeks ago. See policy here.

HOLYOKE HERITAGE STATE PARK VISITOR CENTER

221 Appleton Street

Est. 1984

Holyoke's history is retold in the Visitor Center. The permanent exhibits depict water power, industries, and people's lives. Changing exhibits often include art, environmental, and cultural topics.

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Visitor Center at Heritage State Park in Holyoke, MA

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Visitor Center at Heritage State Park in Holyoke, MA

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HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE MGM CULINARY ARTS INSTITUTE

164 Race Street -- 1st Floor of the Cubit

Est. 2017

A 20,000 square-foot facility designed for hands-on training, community engagement, and workforce development. Two floors of the Cubit house four state-of-the-art kitchens, a bakery, dining room space, classrooms, a computer lab, and conference room.  The latest technology is embedded with video recording and live stream capabilities.

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Signs on the building for the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute

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The Cubit Building, housing the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute

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Signs on the building for the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute

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HOLYOKE MASONIC TEMPLE

235 Chesnut Street

Est. 1900 & 1920

The building and association exist primarily for the purpose of providing a meeting place for Holyoke's Masonic groups.  Providing space for other civic institutions, fraternal orders, social or civic gatherings are important secondary purposes.

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HOLYOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY

250 Chestnut Street

Est. 1870. New Building 1902. Renovation 2013.

Provides the residents of Holyoke with the tools and opportunities to improve themselves and their quality of life while promoting literacy, the enjoyment of reading, and life-long learning.  In its newly-renovated historic building, it provides equal access to library materials, services, facilities, technology, resources, and programs to meet the educational, informational, social, cultural, and recreational needs of residents of Holyoke and surrounding areas. 

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Holyoke Public Library in Holyoke, MA

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Nighttime at the Holyoke Public Library

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MIFA VICTORY THEATER

81-89 Suffolk Street

Est. 1920 (theater), 1994 (MIFA)

The Victory Theatre is a 1,600 seat Broadway style theatre opened in 1920 and has been derelict

since 1979. Seeing the inside of this building is an incredible experience.

Guided tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

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Victory Theater Building in Holyoke, MA

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GATEWAY CITY ARTS

92 Race Street

Est. 2012

Gateway City Arts is a venue for events, entertainment, dining, art-making, teaching and learning. Our primary mission is to build and strengthen community, culture and the arts by providing the space and infrastructure to do so. They will showcase The Famous Cafe, The Divine Theater, Judd's Restaurant, and the woodshop during Doors Open Holyoke.

Pre-register for guided tours:

9am, 10am, 11am

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Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA

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**For the safety of our venue's staff and our community as a whole, GCA will be requiring proof of vaccination for admittance to Gateway City Arts until further notice. Results from a negative COVID test will NOT be accepted. In addition, masks are required to be worn at all times while at the venue. You may pull your mask down for eating or drinking only. Please bring your vaccination card, or a photo of it, along with a corresponding state or federal ID to enter.

HG&E'S ROBERT BARRETT FISHWAY

1 N Bridge Street

The fishlift at HG&E’s Robert E. Barrett Fishway helps migrating fish over the dam each spring. It was the first and most successful fish lift on the Atlantic coast. It consists of two elevators or “lifts” which carry migrating fish up and over the Holyoke dam. Come visit and learn about the history of the Holyoke Dam and fishway.

Guided tours at 10:15am, 11:15am

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NUEVA ESPERANZA, INC.

401 Main Street

Est. 1982

Nueva Esperanza Inc will lead El Corazón/Heart of Holyoke Placekeeping Project art installations tour to learn the history of Latinx/Puerto Rican art work and community engagement efforts. 

Participants will meet at Nueva Esperanza and begin the walk from there. Participation is first come first serve for the 90 minute tour.

Guided tour begins at 1pm

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BAUSTEIN BUILDING

532 Main Street

Est. 2016

 

Baustein houses a newly established artist and maker community on the third floor of the former American Thread Factory building. We have over twenty art studios filled with makers, artists and entrepreneurs. Please come visit!

HOTEL JESS

335 Dwight Street

Est. 1880

The former Hotel Jess is currently vacant and in the predevelopment phase of a historic renovation project.  The proposed renovations include converting it into residential housing units and commercial restaurant space.  Come see it in its current state and enjoy unique architectural features reminiscent of its previous grandeur.

INTERNATIONAL VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME

444 Dwight Street

Est. 1978

An independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to honoring, preserving and promoting the game of volleyball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. 

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Baustein Building interior in Holyoke, MA.

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Interior of the Baustein Building located in Holyoke, MA

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Baustein Building interior in Holyoke, MA.

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Hotel Jess in Holyoke, MA front view

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Hotel Jess in Holyoke, MA

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Hotel Jess in Holyoke, MA

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Hotel Jess in Holyoke, MA front view

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International Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA

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International Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA

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International Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA

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CHILDREN'S MUSEUM AT HOLYOKE

444 Dwight Street

Est. 1981

 

The Children's Museum at Holyoke is dedicated to its mission to enhance cultural awareness of all children through the arts, sciences, and the world around the.  The museum features participatory exhibits that invite interaction and programs which promote learning and self-discovery.

Guided tour at 9am

H. H. RICHARDSON STATION

12 Bowers Street

Est. 1895

 

This is a historic building designed by H.H. Richardson in the 1800s. Richardson is one of America’s premier architects and this was one of the last stations he designed. Currently it is being restored but people are welcome to tour the structure and view repairs in progress

OPEN SQUARE

4 Open Square Way

Est. 2000. Mill 1 built in 1848

 

A diverse community of businesses in seven spacious, historically-significant brick and wood mill buildings. Gorgeous event space and retail spaces (Mill 1) and commercial spaces (Mill 4) are infused with gorgeous custom design, modern materials, and superb craftsmanship.

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Children's Museum at Holyoke, MA

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Children's Museum at Holyoke, MA

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H. H. Richardson Station in Holyoke, MA.

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H. H. Richardson Station in Holyoke, MA.

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Open Square in Holyoke, MA

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The exterior of Open Square in Holyoke, MA

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WISTARIAHURST MUSEUM - CARRIAGE HOUSE VISITOR CENTER

238 Cabot Street

Built in 1868. Moved to Holyoke in 1874. 

 

An educational and cultural center owned and operated by the City of Holyoke dedicated to preserving Holyoke’s history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events.
DOH Special Event: View their beloved Frog Circus, browse our permanent exhibit, and stroll in the gardens.

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Museum display at the Wistariahurst Carriage House Visitor Center in Holyoke, MA

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Museum display at the Wistariahurst Carriage House Visitor Center in Holyoke, MA

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WISTARIAHURST MUSEUM - OFF SITE MOBILE MUSEUM

536 Dwight Street (City Hall Ballroom)

Est. 1871

 

Wistariahurst invites visitors to explore our mobile museum, WistariaHere. This traveling exhibit about Holyoke History offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the Paper City’s industry, people, and culture.

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Mobile Museum for Wistariahurst at Heritage State Park in Holyoke, MA

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Mobile Museum for Wistariahurst at Heritage State Park in Holyoke, MA

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WISTARIAHURST MUSEUM - OFF SITE CEMETERY TOURS

Forestdale Cemetery Entrance, corner of Sycamore St. & Pleasant St.

Est. 1860

 

Monuments, markers, crypts and crosses are but a few of the sights you will see on this insightful walk through Forestdale Cemetery led by Wistariahurst Staff and Volunteers on Saturday, October 16. Find out the history of some of Holyoke’s founding families, and learn some of the facts of death and dying in the
19th century.

 

This event is separate from Doors Open Holyoke.
Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased online at www.Wistariahurst.org. Ticket price is $15 and $12 for Wistariahurst Museum members, students, and seniors.

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Cemetery tours in conjunction with Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA

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Cemetery tours in conjunction with Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA

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HOLYOKE ROWS, SUE ELLEN PANITCH BOATHOUSE, JONES FERRY RIVER ACCESS PARK

25 Jones Ferry Road

Est. 2000, built in 2008

 

Inclusive boathouse providing opportunities to enjoy the river in rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, SUPS and dragon boats. We offer a family kayak membership, an adult rowing team,  a middle school and high school after school crew, summer youth programs, adaptive rowing for people with disabilities and their families, a veterans kayaking and dragon boating program and so much more. 

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Holyoke Rows at the Sue Ellen Panitch Boathouse in Holyoke, MA

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Holyoke Rows at the Sue Ellen Panitch Boathouse in Holyoke, MA

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Carousel of the Holyoke Merry Go Round

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Interior of the Merry Go Round in Holyoke, MA

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Carousel of the Holyoke Merry Go Round

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United Congregational Church of Holyoke in Holyoke, MA

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United Congregational Church of Holyoke in Holyoke, MA

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