Community voices call for Hamilton to #SaveStGiles

St. Giles is Sunday morning’s top story at CBC Hamilton. I spoke with Saira Peesker for her story about the United Church’s proposal to demolish the former St. Giles Presbyterian, a beloved architectural gem in east Hamilton. Stewart & Witton’s original 1912 church was expanded twice: in the 1940s, with a memorial chapel commemorating the…

St. Giles in the news

The conversation about the fate of St. Giles continues in the Spectator. Plus, powerful social media engagement from a national heritage organization. Shannon Kyles, president of the Hamilton branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, issued an urgent call for a plan for our historic places of worship. About St. Giles and sustainability, Kyles wrote,…

Rachel Braithwaite nominated for WOD Award

Congratulations to Rachel Braithwaite on being nominated for a YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction — Courage of COVID Award! It was an honour to nominate Braithwaite in the Community Champion category, for the excellent work she does in the Barton Village community. You can read more about Braithwaite in Paul Wilson’s 2019 article. Launched in…

Save the last dance: Hanrahan’s, a 2020 story worth remembering

Hanrahan’s made the Spectator’s year-end list of “True grit and other Hamilton headlines.” After working for many months to “make some noise” and save the former Hotel Hanrahan, it was an honour to see the Hanrahan’s story featured alongside other news of the year — including the Terry the Turtle saga. Delaney Caulfield highlighted Matthew…

Good news for the Long & Bisby

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 1920 nurses’ residence for use as its company headquarters. Update: City councillors have voted to give the Long and…

Going to bat for Old Cathedral

Old Cathedral is front-page news today in The Hamilton Spectator. I spoke with Teviah Moro for his story about the former Cathedral Boys’ School, which is owned by the Diocese of Hamilton. Designed in 1928 by local architects Hutton & Souter, the neo-Gothic high school building was expanded in 1951 with the addition of the…