2020 Award Recipients
This year marks the 13th annual Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee (HMHC) Heritage Recognition Awards. As a city, we want to congratulate this year’s award recipients, and celebrate the significant contributions of property owners, educators, developers and volunteers in the conservation of Hamilton’s heritage.
Like many aspects of life, celebrations will look a bit different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. While we were unable to host the annual HMHC Recognition Awards event as planned, we remain committed to recognizing individuals for their time and talents in service to the community.
Watch these 3 videos to learn more about the recipients in each of the award categories.
Congratulations to these HMHC Heritage Recognition Award Recipients
25 award recipients will be recognized across eight 2019-2020 award categories including:
Heritage Property Conservation Award Recipients
18 Turner Avenue, Hamilton
18 Turner is a Tudor Revival style home built in 1933 for George R. Allen, who was the President of Reid Press.
The home was designed by Souter and built by Pigott Construction. This home is located in the Durand neighbourhood. With the exception of the windows, doors and timber work in the steeply pitched gables, this home is constructed largely of stone, including the smaller gables and chimneys. All of the windows are leaded casement and feature stone hood molds. The three entry doorways also feature curved stone. The double bays are 2 sets of windows with heraldic crests in the upper portion.
The current owner has tastefully designed and constructed the new addition to the existing home. This was accomplished by removing the 2-car garage and reusing the materials including the stone and slate that has been meticulously incorporated into the new design. He has replicated a second large wooden timber gable, casement molded windows and arched stone doorway. The landscaping is in keeping with the style of the home and awarded a City of Hamilton Trillium Award in 2019.
Added to Register of Property of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest in 2017.
73 Aberdeen Avenue, Hamilton
73 Aberdeen is a Georgian style home built in 1925 for utilities magnate P. V. Byrnes, President of United fuel and Gas Company.
The home was designed by Hutton & Souter Architects who also designed Christ the King Basilica and Cathedral High School. Located in the historic Durand neighbourhood, this is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture. Stylistic features include balanced facades, muted ornamentation, minimalist detailing all which create simplicity, symmetry, and balance.
The property owner has beautifully restored this classic grand Durand house while paying respect to the original house, architect/builder and style. The slate roof has been redone, the original windows were appropriately restored, and preservation of the original iron clad sconces the well-designed landscaped grounds and the setting high on the hill adds to the grandeur of the magnificent example of Georgian architecture.
Added to Register of Property of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest 2017
244 James Street South, Hamilton - Lintack Architects
This fine 2 ½ story brick home was constructed circa 1880 for local merchant and druggist Andrew Rutherford.
Today it is home to Lintack Architects and Webb Planning Consultants.
Added to Register of Property of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest in 2017.
Carpenter House, 1059 Highway 8, Stoney Creek
Carpenter House is a Queen Anne Revival home built in 1888 for Thomas Carpenter, son of original Crown Holder Gersholm Carpenter. Thomas Carpenter convinced the Hamilton Grimsby and Beamsville Radial Railway to build a siding adjacent to his property, this allowed Thomas to construct a depot for shipping local farmers fruit and produce.
The home was designated by the City of Hamilton in 2008. The residence continues to serve as a visual reminder of the area once known as the garden of Canada.
This beautifully maintained residence retains original features such as verandahs, railings, some windows, slate roof, gingerbread trims and copper downspouts. Any work done has reused as much original material as possible.
Designated in January 2008 by the City of Hamilton
Fifty United Church, 1455 Highway 8, Winona
The original wooden church dating back to 1820, was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1869. It was designated by the City of Stoney Creek in 1993. Fifty United Church recently celebrated 150 years of Service, all the while making continuous respectful enhancements, including a Wurlitzer Organ in 1949, a steeple in 1967 as part of the Centennial Project and more recently a 2016 renovation to make the church totally accessible, all while preserving the 1869 structure.
Designated in 1993 by the City of Stoney Creek
Frost House, 1 Markland Avenue, Hamilton - The Golfi Team REMAX
Built in 1911 for American businessman, Harry Louis Frost, President of Frost Wire Fencing, 1 Markland is in the Durand Markland Conservation District.
It was designed by Gordon J Hutton and is Classical in design. It is 2 ½ storey buff brick, a hip clad roof triangular pedimented dormer, tall end chimneys and a front porch with stunning Corinthian columns.
It was the Frost Residence until sold in 1929. Later the property was the Imperial Life Assurance Company until 1939, Official U.S. Consulate from 1943-1964, Canada Life Assurance Company and today is currently home to the Rob Golfi Team REMAX.
The property has been restored and lovingly looked after throughout and is a testament to the ongoing “commitment to using a heritage property and preserving the wonderful character and history of Hamilton”
Designated in 1994 under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act by the City of Hamilton.
Fletcher House at Stoneholm Farm, 2081 Upper James Street, Hamilton
Fletcher House at Stoneholm Farm is a Gothic Revival home built in 1854 with a brick expansion in 1874.
The home was entered onto the heritage inventory for the city of Hamilton in 2020. The residence continues to serve as a visual reminder of homes of early settlers on Hamilton mountain (Glanford township).
This beautifully maintained residence retains many original and other historically significant features including the quarry stone front facade, the gingerbread treatment on the eaves, original doors, two double stone chimneys, two-foot thick stone walls, and front dormer above the entrance with a pointed arch window, shutters, and flat arches over the first floor windows.
Added to Register of Property of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest in 2020.
Van Duzer House, 1446 Highway 8, Stoney Creek
The Van Duzer House was built in 1895 for Ira and Eleanor Van Duzer
The home built in a Victorian Vernacular style characterized by elements of Gothic and Classic Revival. The house retains original features such as the wrap around verandah, window openings, gingerbread trims and front entry doors.
Van Duzer House was designated by the City of Stoney Creek in 1992 and the home continues as a visual reminder of the Van Duzer family’s importance in the area’s importance in the fruit growing industry. Ira Van Duzer was one of the original pioneers in the fruit growing industry in the Niagara Peninsula. Ira started as a nurseryman growing his own trees from seedlings and was the first to export fruit from the area.
Designated September 1992 by the City of Stoney Creek.
The Parsonage, 31/33 Melville Street, Dundas
The Parsonage at 31 to 33 Melville Street was built in the early 1800’s in the Regency Cottage style with Gothic Revival details for harness maker Alex Chalmers.
Purchased in 1834 by Reverend Mark Young Stark the home was used as the manse for Knox Presbyterian Church beginning 1847 and has been lovingly maintained over the years. The Parsonage has recently had the windows and doors restored to their original grandeur..
Designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act in 1990 by the Town of Dundas.
Miller House, 558 Wilson Street East, Ancaster
Miller House located at 558 Wilson Street East is one of many heritage homes in Ancaster that stands to mark the roots of the town, industry and hardwork.
Built in 1853, it was originally part of the Old Mill property, home to the miller of the Old Mill. Basic design is Upper Canada Vernacular, simple in style and form, containing elements of Georgian, Gothic and Regency. The stone exterior of the house remains mainly unchanged. The owners have taken a personal interest and pride in e preservation and conservation of this historical house.
Added to Register of Property of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest in 2020.
Fraser House, 176 Wilson Street, Ancaster
Fraser House, also known as Birch Lawn was built between 1882 and 1884. It is unique on Wilson Street as there is only 1 other example of a similar style and that is the Orton House at 311 Wilson Street East.
It has been described as French Renaissance Vernacular, but it could be described as being more Italianate because of the cornice brackets and hood molds, lack of symmetry, segmental arches and dichromatic brick.
It is definitely Victorian and the quoins and friezes suggest Renaissance. This property is in an excellent state of preservation. There have been a few alterations and the most important attributes have been retained.
Heritage Property Developer Recognition Award Recipients
The Valour Group - The Oscar on Bold (Pasadena Apartments), 27 Bold Street, Hamilton
Built in 1914 for Broker, Martin E Smith and designated in 1986 by the City of Hamilton under the Ontario Heritage Act, the Pasadena, 27 Bold Street, was a typical three-storey walk up with 17 residential units. It is significant as one of the early and well-designed examples of a building type that had proliferated throughout the city during the 1920”s.
In 2014, a devastating fire ravaged the Pasadena. There was extensive renovation and restoration including rebuilding the winding central staircase, the apartment glass cut doors, and refurbishing the exterior. The exterior attributes include bay windows, balconies, bracketed eaves, stone and brick pattern, and an iron cornice. “The Oscar on Bold” has been transformed by the developer into 32 elegant luxury apartments all the while paying tribute to Pasadena’s past.
Designated in 1986 by the City of Hamilton.
Adaptive Reuse of Heritage Property Award Recipients
199 Glover Road, Stoney Creek
Built in 1888 The Glover House is a Picturesque style constructed of Queenston red limestone and has intricate decorative elements of Gothic Revival. The home was built for Alexander and Margaret Glover. Alexander Glover was the son of John and Mary Glover who moved to Saltfleet Township and purchased two farm lots in 1823 west of Glover road, which was named for the family.
The home was designated by the City of Stoney Creek in 1995. Architectural elements of particular interest on the exterior include finely detailed foliated chain link bargeboards on the gables, two symmetrically placed bay windows and the intricately detailed verandah.
The residence is a great example of how to incorporate fine old structures into modern construction and today is used as part of the Orchard Terrace Centre.
Designated November 1995 by the City of Stoney Creek
118 Stinson Street, Hamilton
This stone home was built in 1845 for Ephraim Land. The double stone walls, total 24 inches in thickness, were made from dressed and undressed local stone. The home once had six fireplaces, five on the main floor and one upstairs.
Beginning in the late 1950’s the home was known as St. Michael’s priory, of the Old Catholic Church. The home was purchased from the Old Catholic Church in 1978 by Dr. June Chithalen DDS. The home continues to be used as a dental office by Dr. Jan Chithalen.
90 Stinson Street, Hamilton
Construction on this stately Gothic Revival home began in 1863. The home was built for Frederick W. Fearman and was originally known as Ivey Lodge. Two separate additions were made in 1875 and 1890 ,which added the Italianate central tower. Frederick Fearman served as a member of City Council, Hamilton Public Library Board, Board of Education, Public Parks Board and the Wentworth Historical Association. Frederick was also involved with the drive to purchase Dundurn Park and Castle to be made into a city park.
Later owners of the home included Robert S. Hart of National Steel Car and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton.
The home was donated by the Diocese to Good Shepherd non-profit homes. With a million-dollar grant from the City of Hamilton, Ivey Lodge was renovated in 1993. Today the home is a hospice known as Emmanuel House.
This home stands as a great example of repurposing a historic structure into a modern use facility.
Designated in May 1993 by the City of Hamilton.
Cultural Heritage Landscape Award Recipients
The Durand Neighbourhood Character Project
The goal of the Durand Neighbourhood Character Project was to bring about productive dialogue about how new development and intensification can be compatible with existing urban fabric. Durand is a historic downtown neighbourhood that has faced significant loss of urban fabric through previous periods of under-regulated development. Currently, Hamilton is experiencing a renewed period of growth, which challenges the neighbourhood to balance new development and intensification with the established community.
Civic Plan and the Durand Neighbourhood Association (DNA) partnered to design and facilitate a participatory planning process that built on the residents’ desire for proactive hands-on heritage planning. The Project explored innovative, community driven approaches to help constructively shape new development in the neighbourhood. The result was a greater understanding of neighbourhood heritage and character as well as a useful tool to assess future development in the neighbourhood. The project won the Award of Merit for Civic Achievements at the 2019 Urban Design and Architecture Awards.
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard, Hamilton
Since 2012, Chris Schofield has worked for the Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries and is the Cemetery Gardner at the historic Hamilton cemetery.
Chris takes great care & passion in looking after the extensive gardens at Hamilton Cemetery and has created a master plan for the gardens. His plan includes sustainable gardens, seed plantings and historical plant material reflective of several time periods around the Cemetery’s Gate House and grounds.
Chris’ goals are for the gardens to reflect and highlight the history of the Cemetery property as he has recreated several garden areas including the Ramparts, the remnants of Fort Burlington Heights.
Chris is experimenting with wild flower and pollinator seeds to create the plant list for the new Natural Burial Section at Mount Hamilton Cemetery. Over the past 2 years he has experimented with several plants and seedlings to create a wildflower/pollinator area near the rear of Hamilton Cemetery.
Mountain Brow Boulevard Parkway
The eastern edge of the brow was redeveloped by the City of Hamilton beginning in 2015 into a multi-use park and recreation area.
The area has multiple parkettes such as Matt Broman Park, Armes Lookout Park and the Mountain Brow East Lookout Point
The wide trail is used by walkers, runners and cyclists. The City incorporated Uli’s stairs and the new Margate stairs into the system. Water bottle refill stations were also located at these stairs. The lighting along the trail system is modern stylish solar lights. The City of Hamilton has installed stylish fencing along the edge of the escarpment which will become the standard type for future use.
Sustainable Design in Heritage Award Recipients
158 MacNab Street North, Hamilton
Originally the corner property was nothing but concrete before before Euphoria 158 Hair Boutique moved in, but the landlord removed some of the paving and left them with 2 very large empty beds.
The recipients, with plant material selections from friend Kathy Renwald and help from the Honey Project, they took the nondescript small street corner and created an inviting entry of native plant material, tolerant of our climate adding colour, texture and charm to this busy corner.
The owners were also the recipients of a Trillium Award for Beautification. A big win, gardens over concrete!
31 Mulberry Street, Hamilton
Inspired by a successful fundraiser by the Hamilton Artists’ Inc. that featured cut flowers, the idea was born. From a 200 square foot strip of land, full of rocks, gravel and rubble, the recipients saw a place for a cutting garden. Both were new to gardening but further inspired with a plan to sell bouquets, they planted a colourful cutting garden, all sown from seed, and lovingly cared for including protection from birds and investing in a watering system to ensure success.
Their garden attracted many passersbys as well as their neighbours in the nearby upper floors of the condos and houses, providing joy and beauty to an otherwise barren strip. Bouquets were also sold to businesses in the area and plans are underway to plant again this coming spring.
Making Heritage Accessible Award Recipients
St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Polish Church, 718 Barton Street East, Hamilton
St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church is a beautiful beacon of faith along Barton Street East and has been at the heart of the Polish-Canadian Community since 1927. Like many of Hamilton’s historic places of worship, there is a need to become more accessible. Designers took this as an opportunity to make interior barrier-free improvements and to gracefully incorporate a new ramp and an elevator addition that complements the historic architecture and grand stair leading to the church’s front doors.
St. Stephen of Hungary Roman Catholic Parish, 130 Barton Street East, Hamilton
St. Stephen of Hungary Parish has served Hamilton’s Hungarian-Canadian community since 1944 and from their current church location since 1948. Through a generous donation, St. Stephen’s was able to complete a much-needed renovation and elevator addition.
The new Sister Elisabeth Manhertz Hall has been dedicated in honor of their generous benefactor. The contemporary design compliments the historic masonry façade along the Barton Streetscape to create a more accessible and welcoming entrance.
Locke Street Library, 285 Locke Street South, Hamilton
Opening in 1925, the Locke Street Library is the oldest existing branch location in Hamilton and has remained in the same location since then. Originally this was a small brick cottage built in 1889 by Wesley Vollick, a cabinet maker. The Branch offers materials for children, teens and adults as well as programming for both.
Renovations completed in 2018 at the historic site included an enclosed vestibule addition and interior renovation, with the goal of improved accessibility and stakeholder experience within the facility. The conditioned vestibule entrance, constructed of striking coloured glass, lights up Locke Street at night and provides new accessible access through sliding doors. A new flexible checkout desk with accessible counter heights delivers a more personal engagement experience with users. Externally, a sheltered outdoor reading area has been incorporated into the landscaping.
Education in Heritage Award Recipients
Bill King is a local historian and author of books and published articles. The titles include Buchanan of Auchmar, Hamilton’s Stone Age plus many newspaper articles.
Bill King hosts free walking tours through downtown Hamilton, teaching amazed participants the unknown history of the city.
Bill’s tours begin in front of the Historic Sir John A. Macdonald statue and each week has a new theme.
Some tour names are, Parks and Pleasure Grounds, Hamilton’s Castles, So You Think You’ve Got It Tough and The Railway Menace.
Jon Soyka has been involved in local Hamilton Heritage most of his adult life. Jon was the creative force and videographer behind “The War Years at Auchmar” which detailed the use of the property as a RCAF convalescent hospital.
Jon is the co-author of several books including two on Hamilton related postcards. Jon is also president of the Golden Horseshoe Postcard Club.
Jon is also involved with the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, being responsible for cleaning, restoring and editing half a million feet of archival film footage.
Heritage Group, Society or Specialty Team Award Recipient
Stoney Creek Historical Society
The Stoney Creek Historical Society was established 112 years ago and exists today to capture and preserve the history of Stoney Creek. This organization had their early beginning in 1908 and was known as the Wentworth Historical Society. It was in 1930 that their name changed to the Stoney Creek Historical Society. From 1948 -1986 their service ended as their membership declined. However with the demolition of the Burton Corman House, one of Stoney Creek’s historical homes that was demolished, local activists revived the organization to collect Stoney Creek’s heritage and protect its historical properties.
Today, they maintain a Reference Library and Archive available to the public; they host monthly meetings with engaging speakers and topics as well as encourage the community to share their ancestry for future generations.
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Historical Award Winners
Heritage Property Conservation Award
- St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 474 Wentworth Street North, Hamilton
- Wissnez Law, 183 James Street South, Hamilton
- Westover Baptist Church, 1149 Westover Road, Flamborough
- Pearson House, 493 Dundas Street East, Flamborough
- 77 Creighton, Dundas
- 92 Melville, Dundas
- 96 Melville, Dundas
- 1379 Concession 6 Road West, Flamborough
- 105 Aberdeen Avenue, Hamilton
- Maple Lawn, 254 Bay Street South, Hamilton
- 1 Turner Avenue, Hamilton
- The Playhouse Cinema, 177 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton
- Rastrick House
- 2844 Governor’s Road, Ancaster
- Medical Arts Centre
- The Slater House
- Former East Flamborough Town Hall
- Church of the Redeemer
- The “Painted Lady”
- Griffin House National Historic Site
- 15 Church Street, Dundas
- Clark Homestead
- The Sail Loft
- 95, 105 and 105 1/2 James Street North, Hamilton
- Former Hamilton Custom House
- The Hermitage Ruins
- Former Dundas Valley Curling & Skating Rink
- Collins Hotel
- Stone Century Home
- St. Paul's Presbyterian Church
- Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King
- Hambly House
- The Cotton Factory
- Orr House
- Jones House (also known as Locust Lawn)
- St. George's Church and Cemetery
- The Smuck Homestead
- Robada Cottage
- The Maples
- Pickwick Book Store
- 3146 Cemetery Road, Glanbrook
- 6475 Sinclairville Road, Glanbrook
- St. Paul's Anglican Church (Glanford)
- The Augusta House
- The Pheasant Plucker
- 541 Eatery and Exchange
- The Cooper House
- The Power House
- The Vicar's Vice
- Tisdale House
- The Carnegie Gallery
- Laing Apartments
- Osler House
- SEEDWORKS (Former Tregunno Seeds Store)
- James North Studio
- Capri Ristorante Italiano / Blue Grotto
- Arts Centre and Lofts
- Raich House
- 65 Murray Street West, Hamilton
- Westmount Health Centre
- Brigadier Smith House, "Ravenscraig Manor"
- Smith-Gooderman House
- Copps-Smith Residence
- Detour Coffee Roasters Café
- Dundas Valley School of Art
- Hoeflaak Residence
- First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church
- Couchman-Wood Residence
- Former Hamilton Institute of Technology
- Edgewater Manor Restaurant
- Dundas Business Centre (Former Post Office)
- St. Thomas Lofts (Former St. Thomas Church)
- Former Dominion Furniture Building
- Former Edwin Pass Watchmaker
- Hambly House
- 151 St. Clair Avenue, Hamilton
- Vicar's Vice Restaurant
- White Brick Church
- Quatrefoil Restaurant
- The Old Wesleyan Methodist Parsonage
- The Pearce Residence
- Lister Block
- The Old Powerhouse Restaurant
- Shaver Homestead
- Old Mill Inn
- DeVries Residence
- Victoria Hall
- Nash-Jackson House
- Cairn-Gorm Studio Artworks
- Crozier Residence
- The London Taphouse
- Judy Marsales Real Estate Office
- The Spa at Ancaster
Heritage Property Developer Recognition Award
- William Thomas Student Residences, 48 James Street North (James Street Residences Inc.)
- Residences of the Royal Connaught, 112 King Street East (Valery Homes/ Spallacci Homes)
- Westinghouse HQ, 286 Sanford Avenue North, Hamilton (Electric City Developments)
- The Alley, 12 James Street North, Hamilton (Core Urban Inc.)
- Old Weeks Hardware
- McGregor House
- White Tea House
- Crooker House
- Textile Building
- The Right House
- Templar Flats
- Empire Times Building
- Dundas District Lofts
- Stinson Lofts
- Witton Lofts
- Allenby Lofts (Former Allenby School)
- Margaret Street Lofts
- The Stone Lofts
- West Avenue Residences
- Herkimer Apartments
Sustainable Design in Heritage Award
- Former Office of McCallum Sather Architects, 157 Catharine Street North, Hamilton
- McMaster Biology Greenhouse
- 8 Mayfair Crescent, Hamilton
Making Heritage Accessible Award
- Provincial Offenses Administrative Building, 50 Main Street East, Hamilton
- Eva Rothwell Centre, 460 Wentworth Street North, Hamilton
- Waterdown Memorial Hall
- Binbrook Soldiers’ Memorial Hall
- Lister Block
- Dundas Museum & Archives
- Mohawk Trail School Museum
Cultural Heritage Landscape Award
- Dundurn National Historic Site
- Puddicombe Farms, Winery & Cider
- Shaver Family Cemetery Stone Wall Restoration Project
- Battlefield Park
Heritage Group, Society or Specialty Team Award
- Canadian Headstone Project Team
- The Residents of 13 Inglewood Drive, Hamilton
- Durand Neighbourhood Association
- Friends of the Gore
- Restoration Team for 992 King St. E at St. Clair (also 2 St. Clair Avenue)
- Waterdown Mill Street Heritage District Committee
- Westdale Cinema
Education in Heritage Award
- Rob Hamilton (Former Chair of the Hamilton Historical Board)
- Stephanie Dumbreck (Founder of Haunted Hamilton, 20th Anniversary)
- Ray Carrol (Founder of Vintage Hamilton and Historian)
- Barbara Murray (President of the local chapter of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Founding organizer of Doors Open Hamilton, Member of the Beach Lighthouse Group and the Head of the Lake Society)
- Donna Reid for the Hamilton Store
- Brian Henley, Historian and Author
- Nathan Tidridge, Historian and Author
- The Jelly Brothers (Matt & Dan Jelly), Heritage Advocates and Entrepreneurs
- Paul Wilson, Journalist
- Sylvia Wray, Archivist - Flamborough Archives
- Margaret Houghton, Archivist at Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch
- Shannon Kyles, Professor - Mohawk College Department of Architecture
- John Aikman, Curator and Manager - The Educational Archives and Heritage Centre of Hamilton-Wentworth
- Julian Smith, Executive Director - Willowbank School of Restoration Arts
- Julie French - Creation of the HMHC Logo
- Andrew Robinson - Long-time Volunteer Support
Adaptive Reuse of a Heritage Property Award
- 7‐11 Brock Street, Hamilton
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