5 Hamilton properties recognized for their efforts in ‘conserving heritage’


Published August 1, 2023 at 5:14 pm

NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. John Weir Foote Armoury, Hamilton, 1888 – 1908 (Heritage Watch Hamilton)

The Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee (HMHC) recognized five properties in Hamilton for the conservation of heritage sites.

These properties were recognized for their efforts in preserving and safeguarding the city’s rich cultural heritage.

The properties that received the ‘heritage property conservation’ awards (2022-23) were picked for their rare, unique styles, displaying craftsmanship and artistic merit, and demonstrating technical and/or scientific achievements.

They were also recognized for their historical associations with significant themes, events, or personalities that hold importance for the community.

2 Ravenscliffe Ave: 

Courtesy: City of Hamilton

Built in 1906 for George W. Robinson of Robinson’s Department Store and designed by Hamilton architect Charles Mills in the Renaissance Revival style, this property is clad in brick and sandstone. According to the City of Hamilton, the current owners of the house have made careful renovations that pay homage to its historical roots. They have tried to maintain the original Tudor elements, even on the exterior. Through the restoration of the slate roof, and the replacement of damaged sandstone and brick elements.

44 Chatham St:

Courtesy: City of Hamilton

In 1899, the residence located at 44 Chatham Street was envisioned and designed by the architect William Palmer Witton for the local contractor, George Clapman. George Clapman was renowned for his expertise in plasterwork, and he played a significant role in the construction of this remarkable building.

Many of the exterior features were completed by Clapman and his workers to highlight the work of his company, John Clapman and Sons.

22 Homewood Ave: 

Courtesy: City of Hamilton

Constructed in the year 1891, this Victorian home is a blend of architectural styles, combining the grace of Queen Anne with subtle touches of Italianate and Gothic Revival elements. Its distinctive features include symmetrical bay windows, a spacious and inviting porch, ornate cornices, deep eaves, and decorative brackets and corbels.

Standing tall as a two-story dwelling, the house is embraced by manicured landscaping, paying homage to its Italianate characteristics.

79 South St W: 

Courtesy: City of Hamilton

This property was constructed in 1944 for a notable Dundas family. The Colonial Revival home has withstood the test of time. Since 1999, the current owner has continued to preserve the beauty of this historical property to this day. The home’s authenticity is evident in the original wooden windows, fascia( band under a roof edge), and gables.

The owner has also replaced walkways with new flagstones, that mimic the charm of the original pathway. Adding a personal touch to the exterior, the owner selected their favourite colour, Cherub Pink by Benjamin Moore, to paint the stucco (a cement-type mixture).

263 John St S:

Courtesy: City of Hamilton

As of 2021, approximately 281 individual properties have been designated as heritage sites. Additionally, the city boasts seven Heritage Conservation Districts, which encompass another 349 properties.

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