Checking in on the Connolly

My Saturday op-ed on the Connolly and James Street Baptist, the partially demolished former church in downtown Hamilton. Print: “Checking in on the Connolly,” February 13, 2021, A17 | online: “Hamilton’s infamous church facade: a check-in on the Connolly,” February 12, 2021 With thanks to Paul Wilson, Lucasz Wywrot, John Wilcox of Vitreous Glassworks, Samantha…

A labour of love in glass, brick, and stone

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…

Designation in the core, demolition in the east: whose history matters?

My Saturday op-ed on church conversions as affordable housing and community spaces, and the former St. Giles in east Hamilton. St. Giles is at risk of demolition by its owner, the United Church of Canada. Print: “Let’s not bulldoze the plague saint’s church,” December 12, 2020, A19. With thanks to Howard Elliott. Vonny Sweetland comments…

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…

Mashups

I wrote a short review of Megen de Bruin-Molé’s Gothic Remixed: Monster Mashups and Frankenfictions in 21st-Century Culture for the TLS. With thanks to Michael Caines and Rozalind Dineen. Book cover design: Eleanor Rose Founded in 1902 as The Times Literary Supplement, the TLS is a weekly literary review published by News UK, a subsidiary…

Gothic Revival Meets Urban Decay

My op-ed about Claremont Lodge, the Auchmar gatehouse. With thanks to Paul Wilson, Candy Venning, and Robin Gleadall. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar. Photos: Candy Venning (2020) and Scott Gardner (2015). The Hamilton Spectator | read online | read in print