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2020 Famous Hamiltonian – The Architects

Thank you to all who voted. The 2020 Famous Hamiltonian winner is...

John MacIntosh Lyle (1872-1945)

L-R: McQuesten High Level Bridge – Central Presbyterian – Gage Park Fountain -  135 Aberdeen Ave – Mount Mary

The Famous Hamiltonian of the Year is announced each February at Heritage Day ceremonies at City Hall.  This year we pitted six of the best Hamilton architects and their firms against one another.  We started with nineteen, narrowed it to six, and let the public vote. The winner was John MacIntosh Lyle, who designed Gateside House/135 Aberdeen (1905), Central Presbyterian Church (1908), Wynnstay Estate/Mount Mary (1925), the Gage Park Fountain (1926), and the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge (1930). 

We traditionally celebrate the Famous Hamiltonian on George Hamilton Day (August) long weekend.  Sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents us from mounting the walking, cycling and bus tours we’d planned, highlighting Lyle.  Instead, we have prepared an interactive map featuring Lyle’s works, which can be used as a guide for your own personal tour.  Click on each site on the map for more information and imagery.

Throughout the remainder of 2020 we will add the works of each of the other five nominees to the map, highlighting the best of Hamilton’s architecture (James Balfour, Hutton & Souter, Charles Mills, Prack et alia, Stewart & Witton).