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”

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!”

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”

New Section Added: In the News

Since there’s been so much coverage of the community-led effort to #SaveStGiles, over the past 6 months, we created a new section called In the News to keep track of it all. You can read all about it here: How you can help #SaveStGiles Sign the petition to #SaveStGiles here Write to the councillor,Continue reading “New Section Added: In the News”

Announcing: Stewart & Witton 150

This year marks 150 years of prominent architects Stewart & Witton, who designed St. Giles Church, the Herkimer Apartments, the Playhouse Cinema, the James Street Armoury, and many other beloved and important Hamilton landmarks. We have already lost so much of Stewart & Witton’s work to demolition. Through our 150th anniversary celebration, we aim toContinue reading “Announcing: Stewart & Witton 150”

June 10th Town Hall: we hope to see you there!

Did you receive an invitation from UPRC to the Virtual Town Hall about 85 Holton Avenue (St. Giles Church)? You can see the Friends of St. Giles’ info flyer about UPRC’s June 10th session and our continued support of adaptive re-use for St. Giles below, or download a PDF of the Friends’ flyer here. UPRCContinue reading “June 10th Town Hall: we hope to see you there!”