I interviewed local residents about the former St. Giles in east Hamilton. The city’s first United Church, it was designed by architects Stewart & Witton. The 1912 church is at risk of demolition by its owner, the United Church of Canada.
Update: New team announced Feb. 11: KPMB Architects and Savira Cultural + Capital Projects with United Property Resource Corporation as the developer. The United Church has no plans to salvage any part of the historic St. Giles building.
Print: “A labour of love in glass, brick, and stone,” February 11, 2021, G2.
With thanks to Lance Darren Cole, Marie Sharp, Janet Long, David Beland, Deborah Grace, Ann Gillespie, Shannon Kyles, Walter Furlan, staff at the City of Hamilton, and Aviva Boxer.
Stewart & Witton photos from the journal Construction, Dec. 1916 via Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library / Internet Archive.
The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar.
Photos: Cathie Coward (2021), Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (1916) and John Rennison (2018)