Heritage Properties

Downtown Dundas Built Heritage Inventory

The Dundas Inventory is an initiative to update the City of Hamilton’s database of information on heritage buildings in historic downtown Dundas. The goal 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.

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Study Area

  • Summer 2022: Project launch
  • Fall 2022: Property surveys
  • Winter-Spring 2023: Research, stakeholder interviews and focus groups
  • Summer 2023: Remaining property surveys; community outreach and engagement
  • Fall 2023: Spring 2024: Preliminary property evaluations; heritage evaluation reports for designation candidates
  • Summer 2024: Owner and public engagement on recommendations
  • Fall 2024: Final recommendations to Heritage Committee and Council

What is the Dundas Inventory project?
The Dundas Inventory is an initiative to update the City of Hamilton’s database of information on heritage buildings in the historic downtown. The goal is to evaluate each property in the study area 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.

How do you determine if a property has cultural heritage value or interest?
Research will be done to understand the origin, evolution and historic patterns that define Downtown Dundas, and an Historic Context Statement will be drafted that identifies key milestones and themes that helped shape settlement and development in the area.

The heritage value of each property will be evaluated and classified based on its contribution to the historic character of the area. The City’s classification framework is based on provincial criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest (Ontario Regulation 9/06) and was designed to identify:

Properties that are historical, aesthetic or cultural landmarks of considerable heritage value (Significant Built Resources); and,

Properties whose heritage value lies primarily in the contribution they make to their historic context (Character-Defining Resources and Character-Supporting Resources).

How do I get involved or provide feedback?
Visit hamilton.ca/heritageinventory for more information and join our project e-mailing list.

Contact staff directly with any questions or comments:
Alissa Golden, Heritage Project Specialist
Tourism and Culture Division, City of Hamilton
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4654
Email: [email protected]

What is the Inventory?
The Inventory is a compilation of over 25 years of data on buildings identified as having heritage value or interest. There are no legal restrictions imposed on property through listing on the Inventory. Inventoried properties are not subject to Heritage Permits. There are over 6,700 addresses listed on the Inventory city-wide, and approximately 328 of those are in the Dundas Inventory study area.

What is the Municipal Heritage Register?
The Municipal Heritage Register is an administrative record of properties of heritage value or interest across the City of Hamilton. Listing on the Register is a way to recognize a property’s heritage value or interest to a community.

From a property owner’s perspective, listing on the Register does not prevent you from making changes or constructing additions to the existing home, nor would it require any additional heritage approvals (like heritage permits) to do so as part of the regular Building Permit process.

The main intent of listing is to flag properties of heritage interest and to promote their conservation and retention and, legally, this only comes into play if someone was looking to completely demolish a building. An owner of a listed property is required to give 60-days notice to the City of their intention to demolish or remove a building or structure on their property. Even then, listing on the Register would not prevent demolition, just delay it to allow for discussions about alternatives to demolition.

It requires consultation with our Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee and a Council resolution to include (or remove) a non-designated property on the Register. There are over 1,900 non-designated properties on the Register, 9 of which are in the Dundas Inventory study area.

For more information on the Register, visit: www.hamilton.ca/municipalheritageregister

What is heritage designation?
A designated property is a significant heritage resource protected by a municipal by-law that identifies why the property has value and what features contribute to its value. Designation does not prevent change, but it allows the City to manage physical changes to a property through the Heritage Permit process. Designated properties are also eligible for City grants and loans to assist with their maintenance, restoration and adaptive reuse.

There are over 640 designated properties in the City of Hamilton. Dundas has 97 designated properties, most of which are in the Cross-Melville Heritage Conservation District.

For more information on the heritage designation process, please visit: www.hamilton.ca/heritagedesignation