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I thought these were actually decades-old pics until I saw the internet cafe.
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Good lord, I expected to see a Brady in this picture.

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Fabulous post. Based on the other threads I've seen on Hamilton, I never would have guessed it was such a mid-century modern city. Vancouver eat your heart out!
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the city of the future today!!! nice set. Butty Towers? is that only for buttheads, like a jackass/asshole ghetto?

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Awesome!!! one of the things I love most about living here is the great range of architecture.
I pity those who'd like to see this stuff demolished. Imagine a world of modern, glass boxes?? booooring! lol.

I thought for sure you'd get the Canadian Tire at Main/Victoria and some of the apartment towers in Durand on Robinson/Park/Bay etc..... you could do another entire thread down there (I know you got some of them in the skyline, but the street level is awesome. Great tilework, murals, windows, lobbies etc....)
Great photo tour.
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Love it . . . and, dare I say, love the architecture as well. In the mid-80's my grandparents were living in a high rise along those lines. It's was probably about 15 years old then.

It reminds me of the Jefferson's.

Not that I think we should bring it back, but it's worth having living examples of.
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I thought for sure you'd get the Canadian Tire at Main/Victoria and some of the apartment towers in Durand on Robinson/Park/Bay etc..... you could do another entire thread down there (I know you got some of them in the skyline, but the street level is awesome. Great tilework, murals, windows, lobbies etc....)
Great photo tour.
I was trying to focus on areas I haven't given any coverage, like West Hamilton and the Mohawk Road area. But I do regret not snapping more pics in Durand and Corktown for this thread--dozens of funky mid century highrises in those areas.

It's interesting, these buildings were built from the 50s to the 70s, a time when autocentric urban planning was at its height. Despite that, many of them incorporate features that we would like to see today, for example, medium to high density mixed use buildings with wide sidewalks and retail right along the street. Most of the pictures were taken in areas that are now inner suburbs, but at the time were on the outskirts of the city. A lot of buildings like these were also built as infill. Unfortunately, entire Victorian neighbourhoods were wiped out in the name of "urban renewal" for the sea of highrises in Durand and Corktown. I guess these are the reasons why many of us view this architecture with ambivalence.

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Fabulous post. Based on the other threads I've seen on Hamilton, I never would have guessed it was such a mid-century modern city. Vancouver eat your heart out!
DC83 is right, Hamilton's skyline wouldn't exist without it. This type of architecture is what makes it one of the densest cities in Canada. I'm sure you would find a good amount of architecture like this in many Canadian cities, since most of them underwent population booms in the 60s.

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Hmmm, well if you did that Hamilton's skyline wouldn't really exist, unfortunately :s haha

May I add another retro school to the mix? It's the late Queen Victoria School:


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Also the set of the Hairspray highschool.
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I wish I had taken a picture of that school before it was demolished. The mall pictured above is also being demolished....which raises the question:

Mid century buildings are being demolished at a quickening pace. Are they worth saving? In 40 years, will we be sorry they were destroyed?
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Great thread. I also didn't realize these were yours, not vintage pics, until a few pictures in.
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I have a soft spot for this era of architecture...reminds me of when I was a little kid.

Great work, great thread!!!
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Photobucket has been holding my photos hostage, I finally paid the ransom. Now I'm going to bump a classic thread every week, "for posterity..."
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