Major donation for adaptive reuse of St. Giles church

Exciting news: the Friends of St. Giles have announced a major donation towards adaptive reuse of St. Giles church. As spokesperson for the Friends, I liaised with media about the announcement. The Friends of St. Giles are incredibly grateful to the anonymous donor for their generosity, community focus, and creative thinking. You can read the…

From house of worship to home for seven

This weekend’s Spectator featured an inspiring front-page story: Tao Drayton and Andresa Sisson, the new owners of St. John’s Anglican in rural Haldimand, are converting the 130-year-old church into a home for their family of seven. Like many heritage buildings before they see new life through adaptive reuse, when Drayton and Sisson purchased St. John’s…

Save a building, fight climate change

I wrote a CBC opinion piece on adaptive reuse, the climate crisis, and how we can rethink architectural waste and obsolescence. Online: “Save a building, fight climate change,” January 26, 2022. With thanks to Jim Brown, Chris Wiebe, and Eva Salinas. Mark Thompson Brandt’s comments via the National Trust for Canada’s December 2021 Gathering of…

Historic Dundas church for sale

In this week’s Dundas Star News: Knox Presbyterian Church, an architectural gem in the town’s heritage district, is for sale. From Craig Campbell’s article: Sale of the 147-year-old Knox Presbyterian Church, in the Cross-Melville Heritage District, is expected to move ahead carefully with the goal of finding an offer with plans that fit with the…

Another win for housing and heritage?

Top Local story in today’s Hamilton Spectator: affordable housing developer Indwell is bidding for Delta Collegiate. Plus, Indwell announces Flourish, a new social-purpose real estate development services company. Indwell’s bid is backed by the Hamilton Community Foundation, which recently announced its plans for the Coppley building. Best of luck to the developer! Indwell is the…

Walking tours for Stewart & Witton 150

Announcing a collaborative project from the Friends of St. Giles: Stewart & Witton 150 walking tours! This week, the Friends of St. Giles launched our self-guided #StewartWitton150 walking tours with a tour of Hamilton’s Stadium area, timed to Grey Cup Week. Here for the first time in a quarter-century, the Grey Cup game happens this…