Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club

Doors Open Hamilton took place May 4th and 5th. One of the newest editions was the Roselawn Lawn Bowling Clubs.

The Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club started in 1925. Situated at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, it has two regulation-sized greens in Gage Park. Lawn Bowling is often compared to curling in that the idea is to get bowls nearest to spot than your opponents. A white ball (called a jack) is thrown to establish the target, then each team tries to out bowl the other. The tricky part is that the balls are not round and are weighted to one side so they don’t roll straight. The art of the game is judging the path of the ball needed to arrive where needed. This varies according to the distance of the jack, and the weather conditions.  Continue reading “Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club”


Pier 8 West Harbour Development

Five multidisciplinary development teams have been shortlisted to imagine transformative concepts for the Pier 8 lands in Hamilton. The group of architects and builders are now presenting their detail proposals for the 5.24-hectare waterfront site that the City is banking on turning into a mixed-use community overflowing with residential, commercial and institutional space.

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Monstrosity on James Street North

Our William Thomas building is replacing the historic building of the same name, which has been a core part of James Street in Downtown Hamilton since the 1850s. We’re committed to maintaining the integrity and history of this building, so we’ve kept parts of its gorgeous exterior, which will be carefully reconstructed stone by stone on these stunning new student apartments. Continue reading “Monstrosity on James Street North”

Placemaking in Hamilton, A Driver for Economic Growth

Several months ago, the Ontario Association of Architects, in partnership with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce presented a panel discussion, “Hamilton Placemaking as a Driver for Economic Growth.” The event featured talks by Jason Thorne (General Manager of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hamilton,) Steve Kulakowsky (Partner, Core Urban, Inc.,) Sonja Macdonald (Principal, Civicplan,) Rob Zeidler (Partner, The Dabbert Group,) Richard W. Allen (Director of The Renew Hamilton Project, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.)


The discussion was held during the 2015 Supercrawl, a local festival with a success story of explosive grassroots growth that leveraged the creative energy of its arts sector. This set the perfect stage to have this type of discussion; with a  community that is eager to grow and link its neighbourhoods. Rob Zeilder, who has several successful properties in Toronto, talked about the importance of placemaking in a building. Continue reading “Placemaking in Hamilton, A Driver for Economic Growth”

A tough climb

The ‘Wentworth Stairs’ is one of five set’s of staircases that run down the Hamilton Escarpment. Consisting of 498 steps, it is the largest structure compared to the others, running from the bottom of Wentworth to Upper Wentworth and Mountain Park Avenue. But there was a time when traveling up and down the face of the escarpment was not so readily accessible.

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Hamilton by Joseph Hartman

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“Hamilton” is photographer Joseph Hartman‘s largest body of work to date; it spans seven years and includes more than 40 photographs captured with a 4 x 5 view camera on colour film. Hamilton, a city best known for its steel industry, a town I grew up in, is now in a state of transition as heavy industry slowly leaves. Continue reading “Hamilton by Joseph Hartman”

Custom Road Signs

The Road Sign Project is a production of Centre3 for Print and Media Arts in Hamilton, Ontario, presented in partnership with Atelier Imago in Moncton, New Brunswick. The two art centres each invited artists to create road signs that incorporated the vernacular and syntax of email and text messaging. The initiative served two goals: to … Continue reading Custom Road Signs