Announcing Stewart & Witton 150

I’m excited to announce a new project celebrating Canadian architecture, and Stewart & Witton’s sesquicentennial: Stewart & Witton 150.

The year 2021 marks the 150th birthdays of Hamilton design duo Stewart & Witton. Both born in 1871, Walter Wilson Stewart and William Palmer Witton created many of the city’s most cherished landmarks and architectural gems, like St. Giles Church, the James Street Armoury National Historic Site, the Playhouse Cinema, Herkimer Apartments, and many others.

Follow along to learn more about the architects, the stories behind their work, walking tours, events, contests — the list goes on! And if you haven’t already, please sign the Friends of St. Giles’ petition.

150 years - Stewart & Witton

With thanks to Robert D. Hamilton, Graham Crawford, Martinus Geleynse, Ann Gillespie, Janet Long, Paul Wilson, and the Friends of St. Giles. Stewart & Witton 150 logo and website design by Naomi Bower.

The John Weir Foote Armoury National Historic Site, Hamilton. Image: Doors Open Ontario.
St. Giles Church in Hamilton, seen from the south (Main St. East), on a sunny summer day
St. Giles Church (Stewart & Witton, 1912–13) Photo: John Rennison, 2018.
The Playhouse Cinema on Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton (Stewart & Witton, 1914). Image: Playhouse Cinema / Doors Open Ontario.

Photos: Marika I. Pirie Collection; Charles Schriber Cochran, Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library; Doors Open Ontario; John Rennison, The Hamilton Spectator; and the Playhouse Cinema. Stewart & Witton 150 logo © 2021 The Friends of St. Giles. | #StewartWitton150

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