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Old Posted Jul 25, 2017, 7:47 PM
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Westinghouse Building

New Owners Begin Work on Westinghouse Building, One of the Boarded Jewels of Hamilton

HP2017-037 is the permit number, but for Hamiltonians living in the north central neighbourhoods of the Lower City, it represents a major milestone for urban revival along Barton Street.

The new owners of the Canadian Westinghouse Company building at 286 Sanford Avenue North were granted a heritage permit for the repair and replacement of over 300 windows in the seven-story 1917-constructed building.

The permit application says the owner is replacing “all windows to match the original aesthetic” of the building.

The plan is to replace 271 and repair 35 windows on the building. As well, five doors will be replaced. All 35 windows being repaired are on the first level.
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Old Posted Jul 27, 2017, 12:52 AM
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So nice to see some progress on this. And it's great that they're intending to keep it for commercial use... I'm all for adaptive reuse as residential where it makes sense, but I think we're seeing more and more of the older north-end industrial buildings being used for new business purposes, and to me this building belongs with them and not turned into condos or apartments.

My dad worked in this building for a time.
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So nice to see some progress on this. And it's great that they're intending to keep it for commercial use... I'm all for adaptive reuse as residential where it makes sense, but I think we're seeing more and more of the older north-end industrial buildings being used for new business purposes, and to me this building belongs with them and not turned into condos or apartments.

My dad worked in this building for a time.
still doesn't allude if it is actually going to be USED though, or when.. just repair work basically..
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Old Posted Jul 30, 2017, 4:35 PM
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There are plans and hopefully things will be starting soon. I toured it last week. Obviously it needs a lot of work, but it has great bones.
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PAUL WILSON: Deserted Westinghouse headquarters — old memories, new hope

https://www.thespec.com/living-story...ries-new-hope/

There's a grey Buick Enclave in town with plates that say MYLER.

That's not the name of the owner, a retired teacher named Archie McQueen.


Those plates are his way of thanking a man who died some 70 years ago. It's a story that starts long ago — and now has an exciting $10-million finish.

Paul Judson Myler was born in Pittsburgh in 1869. At 17, he joined the Westinghouse company and quickly rose through the ranks. He was sent to Canada and set up a national headquarters.

He found just the right place here in Hamilton, at the foot of Sanford, a block north of Barton. And exactly 100 years ago, up went the handsome five-storey Westinghouse office building. A dozen years later, they added two more floors.

The company was a powerhouse, manufacturers of transformers, hydro generators, radios, stoves, refrigerators.

Myler remained the president of Canadian Westinghouse for a record 22 years. He lived in a fine home at 61 Robinson St. He and wife Maude had no children, but kept lots of help around the place. And one of them was Archie McQueen's aunt, Ella Baird.

She went on to become Westinghouse's Director of Nurses at its west plant. But she lived in the Myler mansion, and provided nursing care to Maude, who had diabetes and severe asthma.

Sometimes Aunt Ella talked of going out on her own, McQueen says. "But Mr. Myler told her, 'If you stay with us, you'll never have to work again.'"

McQueen says his family stopped by the Myler house on Sundays. They would ring the bell and Helen the maid would come to the door. So would two white Samoyeds, Buzz and Tootie, who always nearly knocked young Archie down.

Myler had candy for McQueen and sisters Joan and Peggy, and his wife had coins. The Mylers took a special shine to Joan, the oldest, and made it possible for her to attend Strathallan school. The McQueens had no car, but Myler sent his chauffeured Packard over each morning to get the girl to class.

Myler died in 1945, age 75. His wife died the next year, an asthmatic attack at the dining room table.

The Mylers were good to their word, and left nurse Ella a sum equal to $1.2 million in today's dollars.

She lived well, travelled all over the world. But she didn't blow it all, and when she died a portion of her legacy was left to her nephew. McQueen used part of it to set up a charitable fund in her name with the Hamilton Community Foundation.

A few weeks ago, McQueen got his Buick rustproofed at a shop near the Hamilton General. While they were doing the work, he took a walk. He went past the old Westinghouse headquarters.

He's done that before, a sentimental stroll. A sad one, too, because the building's been empty for 30 years. But this time, McQueen was delighted to see that there's work underway.

The sign on the construction fence says McCallum Sather, and we check in with Drew Hauser, a director with the local architectural firm. He promises a big announcement in a month or so. But, yes, this neglected heritage building is finally finding salvation.

Crews are now clearing out and opening up the interior. By next summer there will be seven floors of clean, high-ceilinged, energy-efficient office space, 10,000 square feet per floor, with lots of natural light.

The backers are said to be mostly local, and the project is valued at $10 million.

There are similar spaces in the Cotton Factory on Sherman North. But that vast property is now pretty much full. The Westinghouse building will probably appeal to a similar kind of client.

A century ago, Paul Myler believed this part of town had promise.

After decades of decline, that's once again true.
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That's a remarkable story....glad to hear of what will be done with this building
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Cool, my Uncle used to own and run Sanford Battery for a long time...
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ooh all that glorious glorious architectural detail.. I hope they keep it
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