Friday, January 18, 2019


140 Markland Street, Hamilton, ON circa 1899

Now is your opportunity to own a unique part of Hamilton’s history.  140 Markland is reputed to have been built in 1899 by renowned architect Walter William La Chance who is credited with designing several notable Hamilton buildings such as the Locke St Presbyterian Church and the Hamilton Golf Club house (1897).

The walls of one-forty Markland Street rose on October 1899, a time when she once commanded the northeast corner of Caroline Street South. She was built by renowned Canadian architect Walter William La Chance who was best known for his designs of rural schools.

120 years later, the sands of time have dulled Markland’s luster but her potential is fully preserved.

Her ivy wrapped brick walls, and crowning Gothic dormer, are akin to a shell on the beach whose exterior catches the corner of your eye and calls you in for a closer look.

At first glance, you suspect she is just like the others, but upon further inspection your instincts of a special find prove correct. Her hallways, like the hollows of the shell, whisper to you and remind you where she came from and how she would love to return to splendor.

One-forty Markland is truly a character house-hunter’s dream. Her good bones boast high ceilings, stunning inlaid hardwood floors, deep baseboards, leaded glass, and exquisite hardware details.

In addition, recent maintenance within the last 2-3 years provides the future buyer incredible piece of mind through a new roof, exterior and interior paint, and a 1-inch copper supply pipe. All of which clears the way for your personal touches and design preferences over 2,600 generous square feet above grade.

 Focus will definitely be required if you decide to purchase this home as there are so many rooms to place your personal stamp on. You will swoon over the spacious foyer with fireplace and melt over the elegant dining room featuring pocket doors and a large bay window with timeless dentil moulding.

Additional ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ include built-in cabinetry on the upper landing and a sunny third floor attic space with lookout from the clover shaped, original Gothic windows.

Of more utilitarian pleasure, is the detached double car garage and side driveway, rarely seen in the historic, and in-demand, Durand neighbourhood. 

 The appeal of one-forty Markland is infinite but the message to interested buyers is finite: Please do not hesitate if this home catches your eye. Like the shell on the beach, someone else will pick her up and then you will be too late.

Offered at $949,900 $924,900
Presented by Mark and Vivian DeBruyn-Smith

Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage
905.525.3737 Bus / 905.570.2500 Cell
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Photos by Tom Vogel,

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