Hamilton Built Heritage Inventory Process

Buildings within in the Durand Neighbourhood

Durand Neighbourhood Built Heritage Inventory: Draft Report

A draft of the Durand Inventory report is now available for you to review:

Durand Neighbourhood Built Heritage Inventory Draft Report - September 2016 (PDF, 12 MB)
Appendix A: Historic Maps and Views (PDF, 567 KB)
Appendix B: Priorities for Designation (PDF, 81 KB)
Appendix C: Property Inventory Forms:

Appendix D: Evaluation Spreadsheet (PDF, 3 MB)
Appendix E: Mapping Results (PDF, 9 MB)
Appendix F: Public Consultation (PDF, 630 KB)

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Provide your comments on the Durand Inventory Report using our online feedback form. Comments will be used to inform the final staff report to Council for this project.


Hamilton Built Heritage Inventory Process

The City is proactively updating the existing Inventory of Buildings of Architectural and/or Historical Interest (PDF, 1.5 MB), known as the “Inventory”. An inventory tells us what we have and where it is located. The current Inventory has informed funding programs, provided context for designations and informed and educated the public.

An updated inventory will help improve transparency and accessibility of information on the City’s heritage resources for property owners, citizens and staff. 

Durand Neighbourhood Inventory

The City is currently focusing on an inventory of historic buildings in the Durand Neighbourhood in Downtown Hamilton. The Durand is one of four original historic neighbourhoods of Hamilton, included in the City’s incorporation in 1833.  The neighbourhood is known for its:

  • Richness and quality of architecture
  • Diversity of residents and dwelling types

Location: Bounded by Queen, Main, and James Streets, and the Niagara Escarpment.

Map of Durand Neighbourhood

Open House
Held December 14, 2016
To consult with owners of properties recommended for inclusion in the Register and properties identified as priorities for potential designation under the Ontario Heritage Act. Durand Inventory Open House (PDF, 12 MB)

Project Update - Community Meeting
Held October 18, 2016
City staff and ERA Architects Inc. presented the findings of the draft report on the Durand Neighbourhood Built Heritage Inventory at the Annual General Meeting of the Durand Neighbourhood Association.

Bike Tour - Historic Durand Neighbourhood
Held August 24, 2016
As part of the PEDRides initiative, staff led a bike tour exploring the diverse history and evolution of the Durand Neighbourhood and discussing the City’s ongoing built heritage inventory project.

Public Meeting #1
Held December 10, 2015
A public open house and facilitated public meeting. Residents were encouraged to attend and share their ideas about what they value in the Durand Neighbourhood and what role they would like to see heritage conservation play in the area.

Project Launch - Community Meeting
Held March 9, 2015
Presentation at the Annual General Meeting of the Durand Neighbourhood Association.

The Downtown Built Heritage Inventory Project (DBHI) was a pilot study to review and update the City's Inventory. It included conducting updated field surveys and historical research on properties in Downtown Hamilton to identify candidates for recognition and protection under the Ontario Heritage Act.

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.

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Contact us

Sonia Mrva
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext. 4123
Email: sonia.mrva@hamilton.ca

Alissa Golden
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext.4654
Email: alissa.golden@hamilton.ca