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flar
Aug 20, 2008, 7:53 PM
HAMILTON NEIGHBOURHOODS:
Corktown (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=138983) • Durand (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=118098) • Central (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=162606) • Dundas (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=131127) • Locke St. South (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=135162) • Burlington (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=152571) • Stinson (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=147294) • Westdale (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=135327) • St. Clair (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=141099) • Keith (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=166096) • Landsdale (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=164061)
The Delta (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=145794) • Gibson (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=167637) • Jamesville (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=141853) • Concession Street (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=140408) • Durand North (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=162149) • Durand South (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=162269) • Old Dundas Houses (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=165317) • Hess Village (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=138574) • Barton Street (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=119700)
Ancaster (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=140652) • North Kirkendall (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=164309) • South Kirkendall (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=164446) • McMaster University (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=158825) • Downtown (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=144966) • The Bayfront (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=154207) • The North End (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=153731) • Kenilworth (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=168229)
Mountain Brow (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=146487) • Textile District (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=135905) • Strathcona (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=156346) • North Stipley (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=166988) • Flamborough (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=159134) • Beasley (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=159968) • Chedoke (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=160292) • Stoney Creek (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=160681) • The Beach Strip (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=156809)

HAMILTON FEATURES:
C I T Y _ L I G H T S (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=163245) • Stone Hamilton (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=150491) • Twilight of the Industrial Age (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=128954) • Twilight of the Industrial Age II (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=139601)
Stone in Dundas and Ancaster (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=159574) • Goodbye, Hamilton (from 43 floors up) (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=166449) • Dirty Brick (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=158495) • Day for Night (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=155748)
This broken down old city still manages to wake up every morning... (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=165732) • Everywhere, Ontario (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=125154) • < R - E - T - R - O > (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=155108)
HAMILTON | Scenes from the cutting room floor (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=161359) • S U B U R B I A ! (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=149233) • Everywhere, Ontario (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=125154) • Hamilton Rowhouses (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=163831)
< H E A V Y <> I N D U S T R Y > (forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=150080) • Old Man Winter vs. Hamilton (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=124596)




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Strathcona is a large, historic, urban neighbourhood northwest of downtown Hamilton.
This neighbourhood has everything from tiny cottages and rowhouses to highrises and
large mansions. Strathcona features two of Hamilton's best known landmarks: Dundurn
Castle and the Cathedral of Christ the King. Photos from inside and outside Dundurn
Castle are at the end of the tour.

The first photo shows the Cathedral of Christ the King, seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese
of Hamilton. The cathedral was built in 1931 and its exterior consists of limestone while its
tower dominates the western entrance to Hamilton.

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Castle Doune
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Dundurn Castle (1832)
This 72 room, 18,000 sqare foot regency villa was built for Sir Allan Napier MacNab. MacNab was a successful businessman,
lawyer, politician and war hero who played an important role in pre-Confederation Canadian history. Today, Dundurn Castle
is a National Historic Site and is open to the public for tours.

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dugdogmaster
Aug 20, 2008, 8:09 PM
Love it, awesome city, definitely reminds me of Pittsburgh as well:cheers:

JackStraw
Aug 20, 2008, 8:16 PM
great thread!

xzmattzx
Aug 20, 2008, 8:21 PM
This is the neighborhood that I inadvertently drove into when I was trying to take Highway 8 to Kitchener from the expressway (403 I think?) I thought it was nice, but I didn't have time to see it. I noticed the "Main West Esplanade" neighborhood signs; what are those for?

I think I recognize a couple of the streets that I was on.

Dr Nevergold
Aug 20, 2008, 8:23 PM
Gorgeous shots!

Top Of The Park
Aug 20, 2008, 8:29 PM
"Hippies use back door"....funny

kcexpress69
Aug 21, 2008, 12:27 AM
I love these Pittsburgh neighborhoods!! The rowhouses are just stunning!! Is all of Pittsburgh like this?? Great shots!! :D

Austinlee
Aug 21, 2008, 12:54 AM
Its the Birmingham of the far north.

raisethehammer
Aug 21, 2008, 2:42 AM
cool shots of my hood!
You missed Victoria Park though! Lol. It's the 'heart' of the neighbourhood.
Awesome pics as always.
My fave neighbourhood in Hamilton (of course, I'm partial).

flar
Aug 21, 2008, 11:37 AM
This is the neighborhood that I inadvertently drove into when I was trying to take Highway 8 to Kitchener from the expressway (403 I think?) I thought it was nice, but I didn't have time to see it. I noticed the "Main West Esplanade" neighborhood signs; what are those for?

I think I recognize a couple of the streets that I was on.


Main West Esplanade is supposed to be a shopping district, but it's hard to have a successful shopping district with narrow sidewalks along a 60km/h 5-lane one way road with synchronized stoplights and transport trucks flying by.



cool shots of my hood!
You missed Victoria Park though! Lol. It's the 'heart' of the neighbourhood.
Awesome pics as always.
My fave neighbourhood in Hamilton (of course, I'm partial).

I couldn't get a good shot that really showed what the park was like, it's a big park, 4 full blocks. An aerial shot would work best. Here is a map showing the park's redevelopment:
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k28/segaert/strathcona/00297.jpg

JivecitySTL
Aug 21, 2008, 12:36 PM
This is one interesting city. Look how this bitch is built!

Swinefeld
Aug 21, 2008, 2:11 PM
Really nice. And I love the collage shot. Dundurn Castle has an awesome free-standing portico.

10101000
Aug 21, 2008, 2:38 PM
Beautiful

big T
Aug 21, 2008, 6:49 PM
It's threads like yours that make SSP the great resource it is. Many thanks for spending the time to document all those hoods, again and again! plus the pictures are excellent as always.

SteelTown
Aug 21, 2008, 9:15 PM
Wicked stuff.

Houses like these I really like, cute and cozy.
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Jularc
Aug 21, 2008, 10:29 PM
Very nice shots of the city. A lot of good rowhomes there.

jodelli
Aug 22, 2008, 12:51 AM
Think I would like to live here.
Nice shots, of course.

TinChelseaNYC
Aug 22, 2008, 2:00 AM
Nice nabe! Adorable row houses.

NYC4Life
Aug 22, 2008, 3:36 AM
Nice suburban area. Great shots.

emge
Aug 22, 2008, 4:12 PM
i work at the church that bought the old King St. Baptist building (across from Gilbert's Big & Tall) at 458 King West. its been fantastic getting to know the businesses in the neighbourhood so far - they're very friendly. And how long they've been there is incredible. Gilbert's.. 54 years there now. Tony's Barber Shop.. 39 years.. La Moda hair.. there for 45 years... amazing. And they all seem to really love the neighbourhood.

The 458 King West parapet out front is being rebuilt right now (you'll see the scaffolding outside). with some other renos (not huge, and not a huge budget - its mostly bringing up to code for electrical, new washrooms, HVAC, etc.. + an addition to make it wheelchair-accessible, glassed-in portico, new exterior, etc). there should also be a rock garden out front with a couple seats. Mostly done by October 1, should be completely done by mid/late October

When the renos are done with the landscaping... flar, i'd love to see a picture of it taken by you :) I hope it looks as good its been planned to be.

raisethehammer
Aug 22, 2008, 8:32 PM
emge, I noticed the sign advertising that church moving and saw the scaffolding today.
It looked to me like stucco work was beginning, but I could be wrong...maybe just paranoid since that seems to be the norm in Hamilton now when scaffolding goes up in front of a building. lol.
Glad to hear you're sprucing the place up.
Yea, I've chatted with those business owners. Man, they deserve some streetscaping and LRT. They've hung in all these years even with city hall deserting them and viewing that former retail stretch as nothing more than a suburban highway.

denveraztec
Aug 22, 2008, 8:55 PM
Wonderful photos and some fantastic structures!

emge
Aug 23, 2008, 2:45 AM
emge, I noticed the sign advertising that church moving and saw the scaffolding today.
It looked to me like stucco work was beginning, but I could be wrong...maybe just paranoid since that seems to be the norm in Hamilton now when scaffolding goes up in front of a building. lol.
Glad to hear you're sprucing the place up.
Yea, I've chatted with those business owners. Man, they deserve some streetscaping and LRT. They've hung in all these years even with city hall deserting them and viewing that former retail stretch as nothing more than a suburban highway.

The parapet had major structural issues that involved a complete teardown of the brick and rebuilding it - its turned out to be quite the job. The original structure/parapet outline on the streetfront is being preserved fairly closely. I think there's still a couple options being floated for the final finish, and a couple have already been discarded because they look too cheap. It definitely won't just come down to money, but its certainly not an unlimited budget,

Seeing the plans for all of it, though, I'm sure the overall effect from the streetfront with the rock garden, glassed-in entryway and parapet rebuild will be an improvement. I'm not crazy about siding on the lift on the side of the building being added for wheelchair accessibility, but that's a much less visible part as a whole (it'll be tucked in behind the entryway) and as long as that building becomes accessible that's what matters most.

I'm just looking forward to seeing it all done!

flar
Aug 23, 2008, 11:52 AM
i work at the church that bought the old King St. Baptist building (across from Gilbert's Big & Tall) at 458 King West. its been fantastic getting to know the businesses in the neighbourhood so far - they're very friendly. And how long they've been there is incredible. Gilbert's.. 54 years there now. Tony's Barber Shop.. 39 years.. La Moda hair.. there for 45 years... amazing. And they all seem to really love the neighbourhood.

The 458 King West parapet out front is being rebuilt right now (you'll see the scaffolding outside). with some other renos (not huge, and not a huge budget - its mostly bringing up to code for electrical, new washrooms, HVAC, etc.. + an addition to make it wheelchair-accessible, glassed-in portico, new exterior, etc). there should also be a rock garden out front with a couple seats. Mostly done by October 1, should be completely done by mid/late October

When the renos are done with the landscaping... flar, i'd love to see a picture of it taken by you :) I hope it looks as good its been planned to be.

Good to see renos in this area, I did take a picture of the building when I was doing this tour:
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k28/segaert/strathcona/00282-1.jpg

emge
Aug 23, 2008, 12:11 PM
nice to see an "in progress" shot of the work. thanks!

DC83
Aug 23, 2008, 1:01 PM
Thanks, Flar. One of my fave hoods (was lucky enough to have spent a lot of time in the Locke & King across from Victoria Park area as a teen).
I've been dying for you to do a photo-tour here :)

Great shots! I can't wait for Part 2 when Vic Park is finally done! Those greek condos look great!

raisethehammer
Aug 23, 2008, 6:40 PM
the church reno sounds great! I can't wait to see it.
i'd love to lose a couple of traffic lanes, widen the sidewalks, add LRT and plant street trees along here.

flar
Aug 25, 2008, 9:09 PM
Thanks all :)

It's amazing I never got around to photographing this neighbourhood earlier.

Hozay
Aug 28, 2008, 4:52 PM
Excellent, thanks!

rousseau
Aug 28, 2008, 5:32 PM
Great shots, this neighbourhood is up and coming.

Its the Birmingham of the far north.
Actually, I think some of us established that Hamilton is actually Sheffield! And better check your geography...Hamilton is a fair bit south of Birmingham, it's actually at about the same latitude as the southern coast of France.

Austinlee
Aug 28, 2008, 9:46 PM
Great shots, this neighbourhood is up and coming.


Actually, I think some of us established that Hamilton is actually Sheffield! And better check your geography...Hamilton is a fair bit south of Birmingham, it's actually at about the same latitude as the southern coast of France.

Birmingham, Alabama. Which is known as the Pittsburgh of the south.