A success story for heritage advocacy and adaptive reuse: the Long and Bisby, the at-risk Sanatorium building that I wrote about in August, will be restored by the owners. Developer Valery Homes plans to refurbish the 1921 nurses’ residence for use as its company headquarters.
Update, 2021: Thanks to Ann Gillespie, the Long and Bisby has been identified as a 1921 design by Witton & Walsh, the 1920s firm of William Palmer Witton and William J. Walsh. (See Ann Gillespie, “Hamilton’s Health Care Haritage,” ACORN 46.1 [Spring 2021], 26–27.)
Spectator print edition: “Long and Bisby building gets a new life” (Oct. 16, 2020, A3) | online: “Historic Long and Bisby building in Hamilton to be saved by owners”
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Photo: City of Hamilton Archives.