Hamilton, ON

St Joseph’s Villa – East Wing

In partnership with the Hamilton Diocese, the east wing renovation of St Joseph’s Villa is an innovative project tailored to retiring priests. It is a truly unique community.

The Diocese and St. Joseph’s Villa recognize that once retired, its priests typically lack a strong support network and family bonds. Yet, the need still exists to share in community events such as dining, socializing, contemplation and communion.

This model of living provides residents with a range of communal spaces such as a common kitchen and dining room for meal sharing, a lounge for socializing, a chapel for services and prayer, and a solarium to enjoy the beautiful views of the Dundas Valley year round.

Individual needs are met through the provision of private suites that are modest in size but rich in detail. A kitchenette and living room allow the priests some degree of independence, while large meals are provided by the Villa. There is strong emphasis on proper design of washrooms, utilizing barrier-free principles such as grab bars and non-slip surfaces. In these units, the priests are offered pleasant and simple accommodations to allow these men to age in comfort.

St. Joseph’s Villa is recognized as one of the largest and most innovative long-term care homes in Ontario.  A non-profit charitable organization owned by the St. Joseph’s Health System, the Villa offers 431 beds and is a vibrant community activity centre for nearly 200 seniors who participate in the Adult Day Program.  A variety of programs offer seniors and older adults many opportunities for social interaction and physical therapy through structured activities which promote physical and mental well-being.


Architecture, Interior Design



Team Leaders

Joanne McCallum
Dora Lomax
Mary Georgious

Partners & sub consultants

VRM - Structural, Electrical, Mechanical


8,300 SQ. FT.