Friday, July 12, 2013


46 Ontario Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario CIRCA 1889
Holy Brick! Rarely do you find a home in this condition. My jaw dropped when I saw how bursting with character it was. Check out the amazing photos by Tom Vogel below and prepare to fall in love. Jewels like this do not come onto the market very often so if you have the itch, fetch this FRESH PIECE OF BRICK (before its gone).


  • Queen Anne Victorian
  • Custom built and designed by renowned Hamilton architect Joseph Powell in 1889 (see bio below)
  • 7 bedrooms!
  • 3+1 baths
  • Ornate carved staircase
  • Stained and leaded glass windows throughout
  • Wood trim and wainscoting
  • High ceilings
  • Ornate ceiling medallions
  • Original plaster crown mouldings
  • Eat-in kitchen with reclaimed brick walls
  • Solid oak parquet flooring
  • Inlaid hardwood floors
  • Detached garage
  • Landscaped and fenced back-yard
  • Taxes: $3,193!
Offered at $389,000. Not yet listed on, but for sale by Bill Papaioannou of below for listing details:



Stinson neighbourhood. The area is going through a slow renaissance, largely powered by Harry Stinson's highly publicized Stinson School lofts development. Definitely an opportunity to invest in an A+ home in an opportunity neighbourhood.

46 Ontario Ave, Hamilton, ON L8N 4J5

Close to the Hamilton GO station, for convenient commuter access:

POWELL, Joseph (fl. 1888-1896) was active in Hamilton, Ont. where is name can be linked with a variety of residential, commercial and industrial commissions, either under his own name, or by the name of Joseph Powell & Co. He may be same 'Joseph Powell, Architect' who was active in London, Ont. in 1886 and who is credited with the design of a substantial four story commercial block on York Street, immediately east of Grigg House, LONDON, ONT. 

(works in Hamilton)

  • MARKLAND STREET, three houses for an unnamed client, 1888 (Spectator [Hamilton], 16 Oct. 1888, 4, t.c.)
  • SHEAFFE STREET, row of ten brick houses, 1889 (Spectator [Hamilton], 16 Feb. 1889, 4, t.c.)
  • MacNAB STREET SOUTH, alterations and improvements to residence for George C. Thomson, 1889 (Spectator [Hamilton], 20 June 1889, 4, t.c.)
  • MAIN STREET EAST, near Walnut Street, large residence for Dr. Adolphus Farewell 'a mixture of the Norman and Russian Byzantine' styles, 1890 (Spectator [Hamilton], 4 Dec. 1890, 8, t.c.; C.R., i, 13 Dec. 1890, 2)
  • METHODIST MISSION CHURCH, Young Street, 1890 (C.R., i, 13 Dec. 1890, 2)
  • GORE STREET, large residence for O.A. Horning, 1891 (C.R., i, 24 Jan. 1891, 2)
  • W.A. FREEMAN FERTILIZER CO., James Street North, near Murray Street, rebuilding of the factory and warehouse, 1891 (C.R., i, 24 Jan. 1891, 2, descrip.)
  • BURLINGTON BEACH, beach cottage for William Worthington, 1891 (C.R., ii, 28 Feb. 1891, 2)
  • KING STREET WEST, large store or warehouse for George E. Martin, 1891 (C.R., ii, 28 Feb. 1891, 2, t.c.)
  • INCHBURY STREET, three houses for an unnamed client, 1891 (C.R., ii, 25 April 1891, 2)
  • YOUNG STREET, at Ferguson Street South, four houses for an unnamed client, 1893 (C.R., iv, 7 Sept. 1893, 1, t.c.)
  • JAMES STREET NORTH, near Ferrie Street, rebuilding dwellings and additions to No. 448 James Street North, 1893 (C.R., iv, 9 Nov. 1893, 1, t.c.)
  • WENTWORTH STREET SOUTH, near Delaware Street, residence for Leroy Burke, 1894 (C.R., v, 2 Aug. 1894, 2, t.c.)


  1. I really like your blog and the homes that you feature. Our home is the not nearly as elegant Victorian that you can see in the picture taken on the porch.

  2. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoy...its just an outlet for me to share what I love. So proud to be a Hamiltonian. And your house is pretty "Fresh" itself:) How do you feel about the Stinson neighbourhood? I know some blog readers might be reluctant but your opinion could dispel misconceptions...

  3. We have lived in Stinson for 3 years with our family which includes 4 kids. We used to live in a new build in Oakville but I wanted a lifestyle change and always dreamed of an older home. The neighbourhood has great access to the rail trail, wentworth stairs, parks, great proximity to downtown and go transit. We looked at homes in the west end (Aberdeen, Locke) and east end. Our main goal of moving was to be able to buy a rental property and travel regularly and reduce our stress and reliance on our jobs. For this reason we opted for a lower home budget which priced us out of the west end and I felt the east end added to much extra time to my daily commute. Stinson was in the middle and we loved the character of our home, good sized backyard and good parking. The area has improved so it is great for someone who sees the opportunity. Our street is quiet, neighbours are nice and I don't feel unsafe. Sometimes I wish more of our neighbours had young families. There are still too many low quality rentals and too many long term care facilities for the neighbourhood. There is also a lack of shopping and restaurant options in the neighbourhood. I really believe in Hamilton and what is happening downtown so I know positive changes will continue. It is a great spot to live with fantastic property values. All my opinion of course.

  4. Thank you so much for your perspective. I too have an open mind of downtown Hamilton. I've lived here my whole life but I was a "mountain kid" so there were stigmas growing up. Now I am in Durand, on the border, but on a busy street. A sacrifice I made to get the historic home of my dreams. To me its Urban Living at its finest. The core is definitely where its at and there are no sacrifices. You get so much more. Sure it might mean a neighbourhood in transition, but if it feels safe then that's all that matters. Kudos to you. You have the work life balance down!