October 27th, 2016

New Life For A Hamilton Landmark

Posted in: Case Studies

The former James Street Baptist Church is one of Hamilton’s oldest churches built between 1878-1882. It was designed by renowned Architect Joseph Connolly in a Gothic-revival style.

Stanton Renaissance is now leading the redevelopment of the property. We are leading the design.  The Connolly development is proposing a thoughtful mixed-use community. It involves the integration of the former James Street Baptist Church through the preservation and adaptation of the east tower. The new plans include retail and amenity spaces and dwelling units in a downtown core created to encourage a community of live, work, and play.

The long-term sustainability of the project is considered through several environmental initiatives which apply both active and passive strategies to the site, as well as the conservation of the heritage building with 20,000 SF of stone facade and 1,217 SF of stained glass.

The Connolly Condominium project is an official partnership between Stanton Renaissance and popular television host and Contractor, Mike Holmes, and his Holmes Approved Homes program — an exciting first within the luxury condominium market. The program integrates proper building practices with cutting-edge products and technology in order to develop customized building specifications that go above and beyond residential standards, from construction through to final inspection.

McCallum Sather’s heritage role included historic and contextual research including the creation of a Heritage Impact Assessment used to apply for a Heritage and Alteration Permit, Photo Documentation and Historic Drawings, a Conservation Strategy, and meetings with Heritage Staff, Heritage Sub-Committee, Design Review Panel, and the Public to engage the site’s physical and political context.