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Old December 13th, 2008, 06:27 PM   #521
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Durand Revisited

Please be patient while the pictures load, there is a lot to see in this neighbourhood!
(And it gets better and better toward the end of the tour)



Durand is one of finest and most interesting Victorian neighbourhoods in Canada. On the very first page of this thread, I showed some of Durand's many mansions. In that tour I focused only on the mansions, but I thought it was time for a proper tour, one that shows what it's like to walk the streets of Durand. This tour shows a greater variety of architecture in Durand. The Victorian architecture in the northern section of Durand has been devastated by modern apartment and condominium complexes. The need for higher density residential areas is part of the evolution of any growing city. Sadly, that need was satisfied by destroying blocks and blocks of houses, some of which included unique stone rowhouses from the 1850s and large mansions from the later Victorian period. Still, there remains a great stock of interesting architecture built from the 1850s onward in a variety of styles. Unlike many Hamilton neighbourhoods, there is very little uniformity here. In the southern half of Durand, townhouses and apartments give way to one of the the largest and most exquisite collections of mansions in Canada. While the architectural richness of the northern part of Durand may not be obvious to the casual observer, there is no mistaking the quality and uniqueness of the homes shown in this part of the tour.
Victorian styles predominate early on, but as we move further south towards the base of the Niagara Escarpment, examples of a variety of house styles popular during the early 20th century are evident.
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Wow, what a tour, and what a nice collection of Victorian housing styles! Well done, Flar!
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Great tour once again. Your filler pictures were wonderful as well.

When I look at a map of Hamilton of Google Maps or Windows Live Maps, that Haaa Playground sticks out to me. How did it get a name like that? Should it really be H.A.A.A., and Google messed up?
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Very nice pics
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This is a great thread. You must know Hamilton like the back of your hand.
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I've explored most of the older parts around the core, but east Hamilton and the mountain are still mysterious to me. I've lived in Dundas (on the western edge of Hamilton) for six years.

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When I look at a map of Hamilton of Google Maps or Windows Live Maps, that Haaa Playground sticks out to me. How did it get a name like that? Should it really be H.A.A.A., and Google messed up?
One of Google's many misprints. It stands for Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association. It's a park with a lot of athletics facilities.
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An Art Deco house in Westdale:
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