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matt602 Jan 8, 2015 12:47 AM


Originally Posted by LikeHamilton (Post 6866278)
I have been in it and there is nothing left. The building has been gutted and trashed by various short term tenants and clubs.

Well... thats disappointing :(

Dr Awesomesauce Jan 8, 2015 12:55 AM


Originally Posted by movingtohamilton (Post 6865818)
^ Interesting that Hamilton had a kosher deli. This is a great image of the guy taking a break.

Is it really? Hamilton was a very early place of settlement for Jewish immigrants to Canada, along with, of course, Montreal and Toronto.

Synagogues once dotted the city centre with York St being the heart of Hamilton's Jewish community. Until recently, a fairly large temple sat at the corner of Bay and Cannon where - shock of the century - a Tim Horton's now resides. There remains a smaller synagogue-cum-church at Peter and Hess.

That community has now primarily moved into West Hamilton and the 'burbs like so many others rendering them less visible. With that in mind, I suppose I'll concede your surprise at the photo.

movingtohamilton Jan 8, 2015 1:23 AM

^ Yes, it's interesting and please don't be patronizing.

I'm still new here and learning the history. I live in a part of Hamilton whose Jewish community pretty much moved to the west end, when they were "allowed to" buy houses there. The local Jewish Community Center was replaced by the Jehovahs Witnesses hall.

Jon Dalton Jan 8, 2015 3:03 AM

Wow I had no idea there was a synagogue at Bay and Cannon. Are there any pictures? This makes me also curious about what used to be at the opposite corner there (SE) where currently a few lonely rowhouses are surrounded by a parking lot.

matt602 Jan 8, 2015 4:01 AM

It really is unfortunate that all of these traditional ethnic enclaves downtown have eventually been eradicated. Growing up in Toronto I was very familiar with and had many Jewish friends in grade school. Once I moved here in the early 2000's though I noticed a complete absence of really any cultural groups aside from South Asian and slavic/eastern european (East Hamilton). I guess as was already posted, a lot of those communities moved out to the suburbs.

CaptainKirk Jan 8, 2015 4:11 PM


Originally Posted by Jon Dalton (Post 6867058)
Wow I had no idea there was a synagogue at Bay and Cannon. Are there any pictures?

Around the 12:00 mark


147 Cannon St W, Hamilton, ON L8R 1Y5, Canada
1930 - 1940

The Adas Israel Anshe Sfard Synagogue on Cannon Street West -- 126 Cannon Street West. The Adas Israel was established in 1914 as Adas Israel Anshei Poilen at 126 Cannon Street West in a framed cottage. In 1929 a new majestic Synagogue was erected on the site of the wooden cottage.

Temple Anshe Sholom on Hughson Street was dedicated in 1882. It served as the congregation’s home for almost 70 years


thistleclub Jan 8, 2015 8:08 PM


Originally Posted by CaptainKirk (Post 6863520)

Early lineage of Waxy's?

"..the Waxman family has been a part of Hamilton since the 40's, and a part of the GREAT SANDWICH tradition. Our cousins ran The York Delicatessen in the 50's and Al's Place in the 60's."

Timeline's a little off, but close.

matt602 Jan 8, 2015 11:24 PM

I think the sign in the window says YORK KOSHER and DELICATESSEN but I suppose it could still be that same place.

Dr Awesomesauce Jan 9, 2015 12:25 AM


Originally Posted by CaptainKirk (Post 6867491)

I believe this synagogue persisted into the 1990s, though I haven't been able to dig up any specific mention of a demolition date. Thanks for finding those pics - great stuff.

palace1 Jan 10, 2015 4:49 AM


Originally Posted by CaptainKirk (Post 6867491)
Temple Anshe Sholom on Hughson Street was dedicated in 1882. It served as the congregation’s home for almost 70 years

In the picture of Temple Anshe Sholom, at the top centre you can see a stone representation of the ten commandments tablets.

The ten commandments embedded in the wall at St. Charles Garnier Roman Catholic Church, which now occupies the site, are said to be the original ones from the temple facade.

Dr Awesomesauce Jan 10, 2015 5:14 AM

^Nice little tidbit there. Cheers.

ScreamingViking Jan 10, 2015 11:30 PM


Originally Posted by CaptainKirk (Post 6864729)

Hamilton Harbour circa 1900. Image looks east onto Hamilton Harbour with Desjardins Canal on the left.


I always thought the shanty-town was on the Cootes side of the Heights - must have been both?

Lots of fishing huts on the ice!

Dr Awesomesauce Jan 11, 2015 1:03 AM

^We always refer to this community as a shanty town but it appears to be a little more substantial and permanent than that - perhaps we haven't given these folks enough credit. My guess is this area was named in that way when the City (and perhaps the Province) was trying to gain support for its razing.

Re fishing huts
Would anyone dare fish on that ice today? Can't imagine it ever being thick enough. Different time, different weather.

ScreamingViking Jan 11, 2015 2:50 AM

Yeah that's probably not the nicest description. Here's a Jeff Mahoney story about "the boathouse colony" from a couple years ago, with reference to a novel that had been written about it.

That's probably one of the safer parts of the harbour when it comes to ice cover, but the waters are probably much warmer today with industrial activity and urban run-off and I'd not want to test the thickness either.

Another pic, the Cootes side, from another Mahoney Spec article:

Dr Awesomesauce Jan 11, 2015 6:24 AM


CaptainKirk Jan 13, 2015 8:44 PM

Facebook Vintage Hamilton

CaptainKirk Jan 14, 2015 2:52 AM


Gore Park in 1948


Barton & Kenilworth, looking west on Barton, 1948. HSR 538 in front is finishing a three point turn at the end of the Burlington route, and will head north on Kenilworth. In the background is a streetcar on the Belt Line route, waiting to turn south onto Kenilworth

CaptainKirk Jan 14, 2015 2:57 AM

1774 King Street East
Then: Bartonville post office before 1951
Now: The site is now home to the Markey Dermody Funeral Home

All facebook Vintage Hamilton

CaptainKirk Jan 15, 2015 4:24 AM


View of City Hall from the Times building at King William and Hughson, (1886 - 1920)

The old Lister Block building at the corner at James Street.
(Hamilton Times Newpaper, 1859 to 1920)

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CaptainKirk Jan 15, 2015 4:31 AM

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