Council Approves Durand Inventory Recommendations
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.
Durand Neighbourhood Built Heritage Inventory: Draft Report
A draft of the Durand Inventory report is available for 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:
Planning Committee (Public Meeting #4)
Held June 6, 2017
The final recommendations were considered and approved by the Planning Committee as part of HMHC Report 17-004. Planning Committee Report 17-010 (PDF, 226 KB)
Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee Meeting (Public Meeting #3)
Held May 18, 2017
The final recommendations were considered and endorsed by the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee. Durand Neighbourhood Built Heritage Inventory (PED17092) (Ward 2) (PDF, 1.9 MB) Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee Report 17-004
Open House (Public Meeting #2)
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)
Draft Recommendations for Public Review
Held Fall 2016
The draft recommendations were completed and made available for public review and comment on the project webpage
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.
Recent Inventory work
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.
- Staff Report PED14039: Downtown Built Heritage Inventory
- Information panels from the DBHI Open House held June 3, 2014 (PDF,171 KB)
- 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)) (PDF,1 MB)
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