Built Heritage Inventory Strategy
How is the City of Hamilton identifying and helping to conserve heritage buildings across the city?
Built Heritage Inventory Process
An inventory tells us what we have and where it is located. The City of Hamilton is proactively updating its “Inventory” of heritage properties, previously referred to as Hamilton’s Heritage Volume 2: Inventory of Buildings of Architectural and/or Historical Interest.
The inventory is a compilation of over 30 years of data on properties identified as having cultural heritage value or interest. Properties have been added to the Inventory as a result of survey work conducted by volunteers and Heritage Committee members, as part of project work conducted by the City and through the development application process.
There are over 6,000 addresses listed on the inventory across Hamilton.
An accurate, comprehensive and updated heritage inventory will help improve transparency and accessibility of information on the City’s heritage resources for property owners, citizens and staff.
A goal of the updated Built Heritage Inventory work is to evaluate each property to determine if it has cultural heritage value or interest that should be recognized by adding it to the Municipal Heritage Register or further evaluated for potential designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.
Ongoing Inventory Projects
Recently Completed Inventory Projects
The Ancaster Pre-Confederation Inventory project was a community initiative led by the Ancaster Village Heritage Community group to inventory pre-1867 buildings in the community of Ancaster.
The project concluded in February 2021 and resulted in the addition of 56 properties to the Municipal Heritage Register and 8 properties to the City's designation work plan.
January 29, 2021- Staff Report & Presentation to Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee (HMHC)
- Staff Report PED21031: Ancaster Pre-Confederation Inventory
- HMHC Report 21-001
- Planning Committee Report 21-002
December 7, 2020 - Presentation to Inventory and Research Working Group (IRWG)
The Durand Neighbourhood Built Heritage Inventory Project (DNBHI) was completed in June 2017.
The Council-approved recommendations included:
- The addition of 736 addresses to the Municipal Heritage Register
- The addition of 52 candidates for designation to staff’s work plan
- Amendments to the Council-approved designation work plan
- Staff Report PED17092: Durand Neighbourhood Built Heritage Inventory
- Information panels from the DNBHI Open House held December 14, 2016
Note: Staff will be reporting back to Planning Committee and Council on these items related to the Durand Inventory:
- The feasibility of conducting a heritage conservation district study of Ravenscliffe Avenue;
- The addition of 6, 12, 19 and 26 Ravenscliffe Avenue, Hamilton to staff’s designation work plan (Deferred); and,
- The addition of 75 Bold Street, 93 Bold Street, 90 Duke Street, 4 Ravenscliffe Avenue and 12 Ravenscliffe Avenue, Hamilton to the Municipal Heritage Register (Deferred).
The project concluded in the fall of 2014 and resulted in Council approving the addition of over 660 non-designated properties to the Municipal Heritage Register and the identification of 30 candidates for designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.
- Staff Report PED14039: Downtown Built Heritage Inventory
- Information panels from the DBHI Open House held June 3, 2014
- Staff Report PED14191: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Downtown Built Heritage Inventory Project (as amended in Revised Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee Report 14-0099(a))
Note: Staff will be reporting back to Planning Committee and Council on these items related to the Downtown Hamilton Inventory:
- The addition of 206-210 King Street East, Hamilton to the Municipal Heritage Register and staff’s designation work plan (Deferred).
History of Waterdown
Chronological history of the Village of Waterdown highlighting key eras of development with significant dates & milestones.
The Waterdown Inventory was an initiative to update the City of Hamilton’s database of information on heritage buildings in the village. The Waterdown Inventory was conducted in parallel with the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan and helped inform the Plan policies and the development of urban design guidelines that will guide future change and development in the village.
February 25, 2022 - Staff Reports and Presentations to HMHC
- Staff Report - Register Listing Objections in Waterdown Village (PED21201(a))
- Staff Presentation Slides
- Staff Presentation Video (starting at the 46:00 mark)
- Staff Report - Recommendations for Designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in Waterdown Village (PED21201(b))
- Appendix A - SCHVI for 289 Dundas Street East, Flamborough (Carson-Smith House)
- Appendix B - SCVHI for 292 Dundas Street East, Flamborough (Maple Lawn)
- Appendix C - SCVHI for 298 Dundas Street East, Flamborough (Former New Connexion Church)
- Appendix D - SCHVI for 299 Dundas Street East, Flamborough (Crooker House)
- Appendix E - SCVHI for 1 Main Street North, Flamborough (Royal Coachman/Former Kirk Hotel)
- Appendix F - SCVHI for 134 Main Street South, Flamborough (Former Wesleyan Methodist Parsonage)
- Appendix G - SCVHI for 8 Margaret Street, Flamborough (Reid House)
- Staff Presentation Slides
- Staff Presentation Video (starting at the 57:23 mark)
- HMHC Report 22-002
- Planning Committee Report 22-004
October 29, 2021 - Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee Meeting
- Staff Report - Waterdown Village Built Heritage Inventory Project Recommendations (PED21201)
- Staff Presentation Slides
- Staff Presentation Video (starting at the 40:16 mark)
- HMHC Report 21-008
- Planning Committee Report 21-017