The last Southam house

Chedoke, seen here in 2015, is a precious gift to Ontarians too important to be put in private hands, Sarah Sheehan writes.

With thanks to Paul Wilson, Joe Howell, Scott Colby, Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library, Architectural Conservancy Ontario Hamilton Region Branch, and Doors Open Ontario / the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Chedoke estate (1 Balfour Dr.) seen in 2022. Photo: John Rennison.

Photos, Doors Open video, and additional coverage

Image: Doors Open Ontario.
Photo: Doors Open Ontario.
LHA 32022189118835 1890s
Chedoke Falls, ca. 1890s. Photo: Frederick Lyonde. Image: Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library.
Portrait of St. Clair Balfour III, 1979. Photo: Bob Olsen. Image: Toronto Star Photograph Archive, Toronto Public Library.

Photos: Gary Yokoyama, John Rennison, Frederick Lyonde, Bob Olsen, and Doors Open Ontario. Video: InwardOutProductions for ACO Hamilton / Digital Doors Open Ontario 2021.

The entrance gates to Chedoke Estate. Photo: John Rennison.
The main house and the carriage house, right, of Chedoke Estate. Photo: John Rennison.
A main floor living room in Chedoke Estate. Photo: John Rennison.
The main bathroom on the second floor of the Balfour Estate. The toilet was located in a second tiny room with an entrance from the hallway or the bathroom.
The main bathroom on the second floor of the Balfour Estate. Photo: John Rennison.
The original bells for the phone first installed in Chedoke Estate. Photo: John Rennison.
A view of the sweeping front yard of Chedoke Estate. Photo: John Rennison.
A Chedoke name plate with the year 1837 on one of the gate columns leading into the property of Chedoke Estate. Photo: John Rennison.

The Toronto Star (est. 1892) is published by Daily News Brands, a division of Torstar.

Toronto Star Monday May 23, 2022 front page with headline "Fast and furious"
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