I met with Spectator columnist Paul Wilson to chat local history and the fate of Hanrahan’s, the historic railway hotel turned tavern on Barton Street.
First opened in the 1870s, the former Mechanics’ Hotel / Hotel Hanrahan was the childhood home of prominent Canadian magistrate — and 1916 speed-typing champion — J. Arthur Hanrahan. As Hanrahan’s Tavern, it hosted burlesque and live music, including shows by Billie Holiday and the Tragically Hip.
With thanks to Paul Wilson.
The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar. Wilson’s column also appears in newspapers including the Guelph Mercury Tribune, the St. Catharines Standard, and the Waterloo Record.
Photos: Cathie Coward