SOME ACTIVITIES OF HERITAGE HAMILTON
Heritage Hamilton Foundation’s predecessor Heritage Hamilton Limited was the catalyst in taking Sandyford Place (35-43 Duke Street) from a demolition target to a National Historic Site and now restored to its original function as privately-owned residences
Heritage Hamilton organized Heritage Happening, bringing together the heritage organizations of Hamilton and Wentworth County to showcase their work and participate in a gala fund-raising auction in the Great Hall of the Scottish Rite (cnr. Queen and King Streets).
Heritage Hamilton was instrumental in buying and saving from an uncertain future, the stained-glass windows depicting the construction of the Pigott Building (36 James Street South). This enabled their return to the Piggott’s lobby in time for its re-opening as a residential complex.
Heritage Hamilton contributed $8,000 to assist the structural restoration of the landmark steeple (the only stone steeple in Ontario) of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church (70 James Street South).
Heritage Hamilton assisted in financing a summer student to prepare the drafts of a brochure highlighting the city’s Gore Park and its buildings, a brochure now printed and distributed by the City of Hamilton.
In conjunction with other donors, Heritage Hamilton commissioned a published catalogue of the working library of the noted Canadian architect John M. Lyle (Central Presbyterian Church 1908, the High Level Bridge, 1932). Copies of this booklet for $2.50 each, plus shipping are available by contacting Heritage Hamilton Foundation.
Heritage Hamilton funded a professional architectural feasibility study for the preservation of Victoria Hall a national historic site due to its rare pressed metal facade. (68 King Street East).
Heritage Hamilton commissioned a video production of the heritage value of McMaster University’s historic core, used during the expansion planning that threatened this significant area.
In conjunction with a group of private donors and the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, Heritage Hamilton purchased the manuscript letter-book (1863-1870) of William Aspley Robinson, chief engineer of Hamilton’s Great Western Railway, for preservation care, transcription, research and partial publication.
Heritage Hamilton co-sponsored with MacNab Circle a successful application to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the publication of an historical account of Robert Wetherell, the architect of Dundurn Castle and his Hamilton. Copies of the booklet are available at $10.00 each. To purchase, contact Heritage Hamilton Foundation.
Representatives of Heritage Hamilton and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Hamilton, appointed by the Province of Ontario to the Provincial Facilitator’s Working Group on the Lister Block, 1924 (James Street North at King William), argued for a cost-effective rehabilitation and adaptive reuse, the approach eventually recommended by the Working Group. The building re-opened as municipal office in 2012.
During municipal hearings proposing the sale of the nationally, provincially and regionally significant Auchmar estate ca. 1855 (Fennel Ave. at West Fifth), Heritage Hamilton presented a strong case for its progressive restoration and living use.
The Auchmar estate was retained by the City of Hamilton as a Community Restoration Project. Heritage Hamilton joined the community with an Auchmar Challenge Fund in which the Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar donations from the community for the restoration of the southern entrance way of the manor house up to $25,000.
Economics of Heritage Preservation – 2013
To promote the heritage conservation of Hamilton’s Gore, Heritage Hamilton Foundation and Friends of Auchmar hosted a panel discussion by several prominent players engaged in the re-use of heritage buildings. The event, sponsored also by Empire Restoration, Hamilton Economic Development, Hamilton/Burlington Society of Architects, Urbanicity magazine, and The Renew Hamilton Project of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, attracted a full house and is reported at www.renewhamilton.ca/uncategorized/economics-of-heritage-preservation/
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