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. Spectator print edition: “Long and Bisby building gets a new…

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…

Little Fires Everywhere

My op-ed about fires during quarantine, the Long and Bisby building on Hamilton’s west Mountain, and how city council’s delays threaten Hamilton’s built heritage. With thanks to James Charlton, Diane Dent, Hamilton Fire Department Assistant Deputy Chief Carla MacDonald, and Const. Lorraine Edwards. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a…

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

Hanrahan’s in the News

Hanrahan’s owner Konrad Sit led a media tour for The Hamilton Spectator and CBC Hamilton last week. Cathie Coward and Samantha Craggs report. Spectator print edition: “Behind the curtain at Hanrahan’s” (Feb. 28, 2020, A6) | CBC Hamilton: “Take a look at the spooky underground vault of the former Hotel Hanrahan” (Feb. 29, 2020) Scot…

Historic Hanrahan’s Hotel Saved from Demolition

Hanrahan’s has a new lease on life — and it’s front page news this weekend. Read Matthew Van Dongen’s article in the long weekend edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Print: “Hamilton’s last strip club saved from demolition” (Feb. 15, 2020, A1–2) | online: “What a tease: Hamilton’s last strip club saved from the wrecking ball”…

Restored Hanrahan’s Part of Barton Renaissance

My opinion piece in The Hamilton Spectator: “Restored Hanrahan’s part of Barton renaissance.” With thanks to Konrad Sit, Bill Curran, Paul Wilson, Laura Hanrahan and Peter Duffus, Diane Gower Dent, Janice Brown, Carol Priamo, Tim Ritchie, Howard Elliott, Hamilton Public Library, and Local History & Archives. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland…

A New Life for the Old Hanrahan’s Hotel

My op-ed in the weekend edition of The Hamilton Spectator: “There should be a new life for the old Hanrahan’s Hotel.” With thanks to Diane Gower Dent, Bill Curran, Paul Wilson, Janice Brown, Carol Priamo, Laura Hanrahan, Peter Duffus, Jane Brennan Baker, Patrick Brode, Jason Schubert, Peter Mokrycke, Howard Elliott and Aviva Boxer of The…

Honourable Mention for Industrial Evolution

My Hamilton Magazine feature, Industrial Evolution, has been recognized by the 2019 SWP Awards. Juror Shane Neilson chose the feature for an Honourable Mention in the Alvin A. Lee Award for Creative Non-Fiction category. Congratulations to all the award recipients! The Short Works Prize was founded in 2014 by Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine, Bryan…

Meet Me at Hanrahan’s

I met with Spectator columnist Paul Wilson to chat local history and the fate of Hanrahan’s, the historic railway hotel turned tavern on Barton Street. First opened in the 1870s, the former Mechanics’ Hotel / Hotel Hanrahan was the childhood home of prominent Canadian magistrate — and 1916 speed-typing champion — J. Arthur Hanrahan. As…

Hurly Burly

Cover story about Cadence Machry, founder of the Hamilton Burlesque Society, and GTHA burlesque history. Feature written for the Winter issue of Hamilton Magazine. Thanks to Cadence Machry, the Archives of Ontario, Tanya Cheex, Samantha Craggs, Genie Emerald, Amanda Gaul, HPL Local History & Archives, Loretta Jean, Liz Mac and Final Girl Press, the Office…

Industrial Evolution

A heritage/development feature for the Summer issue of Hamilton Magazine. As part of the magazine’s 40th anniversary celebrations, I sourced vintage photos for a look at five classic Hamilton landmarks in the 1970s and today. Thanks to Tom Arban, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the City of Hamilton, HPL Local History & Archives, the Hamilton…