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Old January 6th, 2009, 08:28 PM   #581
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The Harmony Apts is a handsome little building.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 08:31 PM   #583
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Old January 7th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #592
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That's a great panorama.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 05:10 PM   #593
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Flar, last week when we quickly drove through Hamilton, we went down a very attractive little street of bars and restaurants that was almost village-like... I believe it was just east of that area where Eaton Centre is. Do you know the one I am referring to? I know my description is vague, but I am pretty sure this little street must be well known in Hamilton as it is quite pretty.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 04:27 AM   #594
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Flar, last week when we quickly drove through Hamilton, we went down a very attractive little street of bars and restaurants that was almost village-like... I believe it was just east of that area where Eaton Centre is. Do you know the one I am referring to? I know my description is vague, but I am pretty sure this little street must be well known in Hamilton as it is quite pretty.
Probably King William. It was a restaurant district, it still is but the street has had some troubles in recent years. The main problem is LIUNA, who allowed several buildings on King William to rot away, most notably the Lister Block on the corner of King William and James. Another building LIUNA owned (right next to the Lister Block) collapsed last spring and was demolished. It destabilized the the rest of what was until then a completely intact Victorian streetwall. Another building further down the street (also owned by LIUNA) was condemned and demolished a few weeks later. Thai Memories restaurant had to be closed for several weeks while its building was stablized and it nearly went out of business because of it. Somebody in an upstairs apartment had a very large collection of books that had to be moved out as well, because the weight of the books was stressing the old buildings.

If you're ever in that area again, Dalina's is a really good Egyptian restaurant that I highly recommend. Reardon's is also an excellent deli, in business for many decades.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 04:45 AM   #595
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King William Street....you are absolutely right! I now remember that esoteric and quite fabulous name. In some way, the street reminded me a bit of St Denis in Montreal. I am thirsting to see it in the summer....
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Old January 8th, 2009, 06:14 AM   #596
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I think King William has a good future. I believe the city plans to install some kind of art along King William. The street was recently repaved with cobblestones and there are still some restaurants and other businesses along there. After years of wrangling, the Lister Block is supposed to be redeveloped starting this spring, as office space.


Lister was an early shopping centre (built 1923) featuring a two floor arcade inside with shops along each side and office space on the top four floors.

Lister apparently had tenants up until 1995 when new owners, Metrus, evicted all tenants from the building. The building sat abandoned after that. In 1999, LIUNA (Labourers International Union of North America) purchased the building with the intention of demolishing it; however, the demolition permit application was met with outrage by many citizens and some politicians. LIUNA took the route of demolition by neglect. Neverthless, the demolition permit was issued by the city in 2006. LIUNA still has the demolition permit and refuses to sell the Lister building. In 2007, the province stepped in with $7 million to help restore the Lister due to its heritage value. A bunch of fighting ensued, and a last minute agreement has LIUNA agreeing to renovate, with the Province contributing $7 million for renovations and the City of Hamilton occupying the office space for 20 years.

Unfortunately, it is not clear that the new plans will take advantage of the arcade, as there are no plans to include a commercial component. I am still not confident that certain heritage feautres of the Lister Block will be preserved. I hope the building's terra cotta details are refurbished in the renovations. It is not clear whether the plans include saving the stone building attached to Lister along James North.

It should, be noted that LIUNA has done an excellent job refurbishing two other historic buildings (pictures of these follow the pictures of the Lister Block).


The Lister Block, before the collapse of the building on the right of Lister








This is the stone building adjacent to Lister on James St. North. There's a good chance it will be demolished when the Lister is renovated. The stone facade extends three times further off the left side of the photo, underneath the grey aluminum siding.




Here's what King William used to look like. Two buildings in these photos were lost last year. It's interesting that the buildings not owned by LIUNA are occupied by businesses and are in a good state of repair, while the LIUNA owned buildings are abandoned and falling down.





This one collapsed (demolition by neglect):


This one was deemed unsafe and demolished (demolition by neglect):



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This is LIUNA's office on Hughson St, which they restored.


LIUNA also owns the old CN Rail station on James North, now a banquet hall.

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Thanks so much for the photos... above and beyond the call of duty. We whizzed through it rather quickly, and I tried to ready my camera for a passing shot, but before I could get it ready we had gone through the street. I am sad about the decayed buildings, as they have so much potential.
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Thanks so much for the photos... above and beyond the call of duty.

I've been meaning to do a little post about Lister, and this was also a good opportunity to show a bit of the downtown area. I've only added a few random photos of downtown Hamilton in this thread. I'm just thinking of a good way present downtown in a photo tour. Being Skyscrapercity and all, I should probably post pictures of skyscrapers soon...
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Old January 9th, 2009, 05:18 AM   #599
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...here's a shot from a few nights ago:
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Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh... nice clear shot. Well done. Long exposure?
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