Monthly Archives: September 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY: September 27th

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Brutalism in the park: Stanley Roscoe’s public washroom at Sanctuary Park, Dundas


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Exhale Events presents The Wilderness of Manitoba at The Casbah


Exhale Events is excited to announce the Wilderness of Manitoba will be taking to the Casbah with Grey Lands and the Medicine Hat on October 2nd, 2014 for a special leg on their Ontario tour.

The Wilderness of Manitoba is in constant evolution. The band has taken a creative leap with their newest release, Between Colours, holding each one of their albums is it’s own colour that redefines their music between every album they create.

Between Colours hosts a myriad of talent and energy. With multi-instrumentalists Will Whitwham and Amanda Balsys exchanging lead vocals, and Wes McClintock providing up-beat bass line, the album provides the audience with a unique auditory experience.

This incredible line up will also include the captivating sounds from the Medicine Hat and Cuff The Duke Wayne Petti’s new project, Grey Lands. Ben Munoz of New Hands will also be hosting short DJ sets between live sets. Doors at 8PM.

Tickets available at door or here.

RSVP here.

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In Photos: Through the Lens of Steph Dubik

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About the photographer:

Steph is a flâneur with a penchant for taking beautiful photographs in and around Hamilton. She likes to take photographs of signs, buildings, bicycles and whatever catches her eye, using disposable cameras.

For more of her work visit:

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PHOTO OF THE DAY – September 23rd


Canadian Westinghouse Head Office – 286 Sanford Ave N

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Architectural Spotlight: Witton Lofts

image-17Witton Lofts
Lintack Architects
Core Urban Inc. Development
50 Murray St
Completed: 2013

Due to demographic shifts, seemingly poor management, budget constraints, and multiple other circumstances, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is facing school closures throughout the city. Witton Lofts, formerly McIlwraight Public School, is a intelligent example of how you can adaptively re-use a former school without a wrecking ball.

Completed in 2013, the five-storey, 36-unit loft is a catalyst for redevelopment in the core. The design of the building effectively incorporates and preserves the two-storey school from 1925, while a three-storey emerald jewel box of glass and steel is superimposed on top of the neo-Romanesque building. The outcome is a harmonious marriage of contemporary and classical architecture. image-18 New entrances have been relocated to the east side of the building, where an elevator has been added for accessibility to the upper floors. image-20 Two additional entrances are also located at the rear of the building under original arched doorways. image-21 The schools façade has largely remained unchanged with its detailed limestone ornament and intricate, colourful brickwork. The only changes being cosmetic and structural upgrades, such as pot lights and new windows.

With a mixture of both fully enclosed and open-air balconies, the lofts offer panoramic vistas of both the bay and James Street North. image-22 Parking garages for residents have also been added for additional parking and storage.

Architect William Palmer Witton designed McIlwraight Public School while he was partnered with Walter Wilson Stewart. During his formative years, Witton apprenticed under Alder & Sullivan (two of America’s most influential architects) in Chicago between 1893 and 1894, where he was trained in the Beaux Arts tradition. His other notable Hamilton landmarks include Herkimer Apartments, George R. Allan Public School, and a chancel addition to Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, to name a few.

In 2013, Witton Lofts received the City of Hamilton Urban Design Award of Excellence for Adaptive Reuse.


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In Photos: Churches of Dundas

image-17St. Pauls United Church – 29 Park St W

image-18Knox Presbyterian Church – 23 Melville St

image-19St. Augustine’s Parish – 58 Sydenham St

image-20St. James Anglican Church – 137 Melville St

image-21New Apostolic Church – 323 Hatt St

image-22Christian Science Society-Hamilton – 245 Mill St

image-23St Mark’s United Church – 1 Lynndale Dr

image-24Dundas Baptist Church – 201 Governors Rd

image-25Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Hamilton – 200 Old Guelph Rd

image-26Seventh-Day Adventist Church Reform Movement – 673 York Rd

image-27Rock Chapel United Church – 451 Rock Chapel Rd

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