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Hamilton Then and Now: Graceful Growth in the Golden Horseshoe

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Hamilton Then and Now: Graceful Growth in the Golden Horseshoe
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Hamilton’s real estate market reflects the city’s high ambitions with fresh and daring constructions showing up every year. With Toronto’s home prices shooting up, Hamilton’s importance as a city which lets you easily commute to and from Toronto has grown a lot. But it’s not only in the residential sector that the city has recorded remarkable growth in the last decade.

Businesses have started to take a strong interest in Hamilton’s potential, position with respect to Toronto, diversity and skilled working force, which has led to a remarkable cultural development as well. This is testified, in terms of new construction, by the city’s new entertainment centres and research institutions.

Residents have also been familiar with the city’s cranes where new hotels were about to emerge. And no wonder, as film makers (and tourists) have started to take an interest in Hamilton’s sites. Guillermo del Toro, the director of acclaimed Pan’s Labyrinth is currently shooting The Shape of Water in Hamilton.     

Were you able to keep track of the many faces of Hamilton? Take a walk down memory lane with these slides!

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1. Homewood Suites by Hilton

This towering suite only hotel is an imposing addition to the Hamilton city center. Contributing to its instant landmark status are the great TripAdvisor reviews it’s getting and its ideal location, next to the City Hall and the Art Gallery.

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2. David Braley Health Sciences Centre

The newest addition to McMaster University’s lot of buildings, the David Braley Health Sciences Centre functions as a comprehensive research institution with the aim of preserving and improving Hamiltonians’ health for generations to come. Its Main Street location makes it easy to recognize and its purpose makes it one of the most noble additions to our list.

 

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3. 149 Main Street West

Built on a downtown lot that had been vacant for 50 years, this residential building signals the recent revival and real estate boom of Hamilton’s city center. The seven storey apartment rise is dwarfed by the nearby Homewood Suites building, but it is the first residential complex built in Hamilton’s centre in about three decades.

 

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4. Staybridge Suites Hamilton-Downtown

Another downtown Hamilton suites-only hotel, this charming five-storey building has a pleasant and comfortable design, intended to feel like a home away from home for its guests while offering many more amenities than an average home (including a heated indoor pool). The location is excellent, a few minutes’ walk from both tourist attractions and administrative centers.

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5. Good Shepherd Square

Downtown Hamilton has also recently become the host of Good Shepherd Square, a building complex managed by the Good Shepherd Women’s Services. It acts both as a central headquarters for the organization, and as affordable housing for seniors and families, focusing on women seeking shelter from domestic abuse or from financial crises. Security, comfort and tranquility are the objectives of this safe space, and they are implemented with great care and dedication.

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6. 123 James Street North

This three storey office/retail building is a perfect example of a blend between respect towards history and forward thinking mentality. The sides of the building are designed to blend seamlessly with the rest of the buildings on the street, while embracing a cylindrical glass corner façade which adds a daring modern touch.

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7. HWDSB Education Centre

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Education Center is a brand new complex in a highly developed area of Hamilton East, next to several shopping malls. With its minimalist architecture and vast glass walls, it is a perfect example of the „less is more” aesthetic leading to a great marriage of form and function.

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8. Tim Hortons Field

The new multi-purpose stadium in Hamilton took the place of Ivor Wynne Stadium a mere two years ago. With a permanent capacity of 24,000 seats, and a special event capacity of 40,000 seats, it has already played host to the 2015 Pan American games and will host the 52nd Vanier Cup in November 2016.

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9. CanmetMATERIALS

Canada’s largest research center in the field of industrial materials stands as testament to Hamilton’s importance as an industrial center with an interest in developing green technologies. The center is a sprawling, utilitarian building, but what it lacks in looks it makes up for in usefulness. New methods of recycling, greener manufacturing processes and cutting edge material research are being studied here, and the building is sure to contribute to a greener future.

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10. City Square

This impressive condominium building is one of the most luxurious in Hamilton, offering great amenities within a striking art deco shell. Another example of downtown Hamilton’s revival in terms of residential options, almost all of the units in the building were sold within the first 30 days.

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How do you feel about the recent developments in Hamilton? Are they rising up to the challenge of the city’s growth? Let us know in the comments below.

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