March Break Art Deco

We had a great March Break this week visiting my parents and splashing around at Great Wolf Lodge. On the way down I persuaded my family to stop into downtown Hamilton for a half hour so that I could run around and get pictures of a few Art Deco buildings. I’d scoped things out in advance so I had a plan of attack.

We started out by coming in over the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge. We pulled over just before it and I got out and went for a brisk jog. I had to get a picture of these lamps.

Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge, Hamilton, ON

The view up there is pretty good too.

Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge, Hamilton, ON

My main interest was the Art Moderne Go station. Built in 1933 as the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Station, the building has interest both inside and out.

Hamilton GO Station

Interior of Hamilton GO Station

Just a couple of blocks away is Hamilton’s Dominion Public Building. I’ve already had a look at the ones in Guelph and London. Hamilton’s version is now the John Sopinka Courthouse and it was built in 1936 (Hutton & Souter, architects).

Dominion Public Building, Hamilton, ON (now John Sopinka Courthouse)

I didn’t venture inside, but there are some lovely details on the outside.

Dominion Public Building, Hamilton, ON (now John Sopinka Courthouse)

The Pigott Building (1929, Prack & Prack, architects) was Hamilton’s first skyscraper. Although it’s not an Art Deco building it’s so interesting that I had to have a look.

Pigott Building, Hamilton, ON

Pigott Building, Hamilton, ON

And then finally I went to the Hydro building that now belongs to Horizon:

Hamilton Hydro Building

I am certain that my presence wasn’t exactly appreciated inside, but I took a quick peek.

Hamilton Hydro Building

Hamilton Hydro Building

So that’s some of Hamilton’s Art Deco structures in a nutshell. Hamilton also has quite a few private Art Moderne homes.¬†There were also a couple more buildings that I had on my list, but we had a limited amount of time, so I’ll have to wait for another visit.

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4 Responses to March Break Art Deco

  1. marylou says:

    Great buildings. Probably more interesting for the family than yarn stores, right?

  2. You should have told me you were coming! I could have met with you!! And given you those delinquent bags I owe you!

  3. Also cool to see you checking out some buildings I told you about! I knew you’d like them!

  4. kmkat says:

    The iron scrollwork in that bridge railing begs to be interpreted in knitting…