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 to inspire Hamilton to cherish and preserve the remaining architectural gems that they designed for our city.
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…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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.…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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: https://friendsofstgiles.ca/in-the-news/ How you can help #SaveStGiles Sign the petition to #SaveStGiles…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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