Crosspost: Stewart & Witton at Doors Open Hamilton!

Stewart & Witton 150 self-guided walking tour for Doors Open Hamilton Happy George Hamilton Day! Every August Civic Holiday, Hamilton nods to its namesake, George Hamilton, by celebrating the year’s Famous Hamiltonian. It’s a great opportunity to look back at the St. Giles architects’ starring role in Doors Open Hamilton 2022. Fun fact: Stewart &Continue reading “Crosspost: Stewart & Witton at Doors Open Hamilton!”

News release: Generous donor comes forward to help #SaveStGiles

Major donation aims to help save historic St. Giles Church for community use March 21, 2022 Hamilton, ON — The Friends of St. Giles are excited and honoured to announce that a major donation has been committed to the cause of transforming the century-old St. Giles church into a community hub. The donor, a Ward 3 residentContinue reading “News release: Generous donor comes forward to help #SaveStGiles”

The Friends of St. Giles: Year in Review

It’s been an eventful first year for the Friends of St. Giles! Since early 2021, our volunteer-run organisation has advocated for green adaptive reuse of St. Giles, a beautiful church in Hamilton’s Gibson-St. Clair neighbourhood (Ward 3). And there are so many great reasons to do so! Adaptive reuse is a powerful tool for climateContinue reading “The Friends of St. Giles: Year in Review”

Award nominations, two Stewart & Witton buildings, and a video!

Two Stewart & Witton properties nominated, plus a Friend of St. Giles’ video series The Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee’s nominations for the 2020–21 Heritage Recognition Awards are in! These awards recognize the contributions of property owners, educators, developers, and volunteers in the conservation of Hamilton’s heritage. This year, the Heritage Committee has added two newContinue reading “Award nominations, two Stewart & Witton buildings, and a video!”

Our first Stewart & Witton walking tour goes live!

Exciting news: as part of the Friends of St. Giles’ #StewartWitton150 celebrations, we launched our first Stewart & Witton walking tour, just in time for Grey Cup Week 2021! Available as a free download, the tour is called “Major Works: Stadium Neighbourhood.” Here’s what the Spec had to say in its Weekend Planner feature: “TakeContinue reading “Our first Stewart & Witton walking tour goes live!”

Crosspost: Housing AND heritage, Stewart & Witton edition

Housing + heritage: a win-win-win for people, culture, and the environment! As Canadians and the world face the climate crisis, it’s of critical importance to remember the role that heritage buildings play in positive climate action. Adaptive reuse of landmarks like these is important for more than their cultural value — although that value isContinue reading “Crosspost: Housing AND heritage, Stewart & Witton edition”

New Section Added: St. Giles & WW1

The history of beautiful St. Giles church is intertwined with that of World War 1: the church’s first minister and one of its architects served together in the same batallion, and both were at Vimy Ridge. One would return to become an advocate for remembrance; the other died in action. We created a new sectionContinue reading “New Section Added: St. Giles & WW1”

Statement from the Friends of St. Giles on meeting with New Vision United Church

Statement from the Friends of St. Giles, June 30, 2021 Towards collaboration on St. Giles Local residents and heritage advocates respond following their first meeting with United Church representatives Update from the Friends of St. Giles On Friday, June 25, the Friends of St. Giles attended a facilitated Webex session hosted by Ward 3 CouncillorContinue reading “Statement from the Friends of St. Giles on meeting with New Vision United Church”

Joint statement with ACO Hamilton

Joint statement by ACO Hamilton and the Friends of St. Giles, June 17, 2021 We need a fourth option for St. Giles Heritage advocates respond to latest proposals for century-old Gibson landmark Last week was Hamilton Arts Week — which made it doubly disappointing that the week ended with New Vision United Church claiming the rightContinue reading “Joint statement with ACO Hamilton”

Towards a 4th Option for St. Giles

Response and Questions after UPRC’s June 10th Town Hall The Friends of St. Giles attended the two Town Hall sessions about the future of St. Giles, which were run by developer UPRC on June 10th. This is the first of three pieces we’ll be posting in response. A Fourth Option is Needed for St. GilesContinue reading “Towards a 4th Option for St. Giles”