Exciting news for the Coppley building

Top business story in Friday’s Spectator: B Corp TAS and the Hamilton Community Foundation are restoring the historic Coppley building, which is set to reopen as a community hub in 2023. Congratulations to the new owners for recognizing the value of Hamilton’s architectural heritage — not just for business, but also for embodied carbon and…

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,…

New home for St. Giles posts

The Friends of St. Giles have a new website — it even got a much-appreciated shout-out from Spacing! Visit FriendsofStGiles.ca for news, articles, and updates about the community-led effort to save St. Giles Church. I’ll still be cross-posting my writing about St. Giles here on this site. With thanks to the dedicated members of the…

More good news for housing and heritage

Front page of today’s Hamilton Spectator: Tal Dehtiar, the new owner of the Church of St. Thomas, is converting the 150-year-old church into 19 apartments. Congratulations to Mr. Dehtiar! This shows what is possible: taking a modern approach that supports both housing and heritage in Hamilton. (And in a climate emergency, we can’t afford to…

New UPRC proposals for St. Giles

The conversation about the fate of St. Giles continues in this weekend’s Spectator. On behalf of the Friends of St. Giles, I spoke with Teviah Moro for his story about new UPRC proposals to redevelop the site where St. Giles Church is located (85 Holton Ave. S). Stay tuned for more detailed commentary and response…

Good news for housing and heritage

Front page of today’s Hamilton Spectator: Wentworth Baptist is teaming up with Indwell to save its century-old church and build 40 affordable-housing units. Congratulations to the developer and congregation! This shows what is possible: supporting both housing and heritage in Hamilton. Like St. Giles, Wentworth Baptist is in Ward 3’s Gibson neighbourhood. From Teviah Moro’s…