150-year-old historic Hamilton building to become a heritage site


Published June 15, 2023 at 6:26 pm

Historic Dundas building to receive heritage designation (Photo credit: Paul Dolanjski/ Hamilton History)

A 150-year-old building in Hamilton is being designated as a heritage site.

Located on 3 Main St., this building has a renowned architectural significance which represents a blend of the Second Empire and Renaissance Revival styles. Due to which the property falls under the Ontario Heritage Act, according to city authorities.

“The site stands as a rare and early example of utilizing galvanized sheet metal in its construction, showcasing exceptional craftsmanship,” the City of Hamilton said in a statement.

The building which has been occupied by lawyer Britton Bath Osler and Valley Lodge Number 100 for nearly 150 years, holds immense cultural importance.

Photo credit: Paul Dolanjski/ Hamilton History website


“The property helps define the character of Main Street and the community of Dundas, is physically, visually and historically linked to its surroundings, and is considered to be a local landmark,” authorities added.

In terms of renovations, the front elevation of the property will undergo notable changes:

  • Installation of nine round-headed one-over-one hung wood windows on the second storey
  • A door opening in the first storey will be converted into a window opening, with the area below the window filled in with brick
  • The six existing windows on the first storey will be removed and replaced with seven flat-headed one-over-one hung wood windows.

These renovations are pending council approval and will be brought before the Heritage Permit Review Sub-Committee next week (June 20).

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