Thursday, January 26, 2017


Stone Townhouse Vs. Stone Condo

I'm smitten by block stone architecture this week and once you have a look at these two historic knockouts -- FRESH on the MARKET -- you will understand why. 

FRESH FACT: Most of Hamilton's 19th century stone work is the product of Scottish stone masons who came over beginning in the 1840s from small industrial towns near Glasgow and Edinburgh.


122 MacNab Street South circa 1856

- This stone town-home offers the epitome of urban living

- Walk to the GO station, The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts and the trendy restaurants and gastro bars of James St South (in minutes)

- Built in 1856 with a brick addition added in 1890

- 10 ft ceilings and 11" trim on the main level

- The upstairs family room features a sky high 22' ceiling

- Original pine hardwood in the dining room

- Original, exposed stone walls in the entrance, kitchen & master bedroom


- Walkout to a large deck plus 3 car rear parking


Offered at $659,000 -- SOLD!!!
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Photos by Vogel Creative Photography

Ballinahinch: 316 James Street S - Unit C
Circa 1850s
This 2-bedroom, 2-storey unit is too good to be true! This lower level condo has its own private entrance plus solarium and jaw dropping history to boot!

Offered at $599,900 -- SOLD!!!
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  • Ballinahinch was built for Hamilton merchant Aeneas Sage Kennedy in the 1850's
  • Designed by Toronto architect William Thomas , who also designed St. Paul's Presbyterian Church a few years earlier.
  • In 1870 the house was sold to Edward Martin, a prominent local lawyer and housed the Martin family for 46 years.
  • It was temporarily used as a hospital during the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918-1919
  • After World War I and its employ as a hospital, the house was sold to William Southam, the publisher of the Spectator. He rented it to Frederick I. Ker, another newspaperman, who succeeded him as publisher of the Spectator. After World War II, taxes rose and the house became too expensive for a single family. It was divided into apartments.
  • In the mid 1940s the infamous Evelyn Dick kept apartment No. 3 at what was then called Henson Park Apartments to entertain male friends. She rented under the name Evelyn White. Author Brian VallĂ©e in The Torso Murder: The Untold Story of Evelyn Dick, wrote “the apartment was used as a private hideaway where her male companions could be entertained.”
  • In 1980 it was purchased by a firm of architects who preserved the interesting features of the house while creating several condominium apartments.


Another stone landmark

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