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Old Posted Mar 22, 2021, 10:48 PM
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Perhaps combining the Gowlings parking lot and repurposed Old Bank of Montreal building will help camouflage!
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Perhaps combining the Gowlings parking lot and repurposed Old Bank of Montreal building will help camouflage!
I don't think that's the issue here, if referring to 25 Main West. By today's standards it is not exceptional, but for its time it is a nice skyscraper. Could have been 5-10 floors taller, and about 50% wider on each axis. Compete with the former Stelco Tower for office building supremacy in the core (unfortunate as it is to have such limited competition!!!)

Something great could be built on that space you mention. I hope it happens.

There are probably measures that could enhance 25 Main W. today. But they may take away from the original intent of the design. We've already lost one of Stanley Roscoe's office complexes (The Undermount and MacLean Hunter buildings... converted to that gawd-awful Chateau Royale thing) and it would be a shame to lose another or even just cover it up from various angles.
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yeah i noticed that... in the second shot, it looks like all the smoke is coming from that one stack above First Place
It seems to extend a bit east of that. The fire explanation urban_planner noted may cover that.

Nice to see it is NOT a Hamilton smokestack issue.
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Wow looks like an architects playground from the 70s. So glad they cared so much about design back then
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i love this hubris... as though timeless architectural form and aesthetic has now been figured out expertly, applied consistently, and sustained through future retrospect

but yes it is broad-stroke suggestive of a general era, at least from an angle. although i personally see a much richer history here than just the 70s
To be honest, I've never been there. I'm sure there must be some nice old buildings in there but all the brutalism hides them.
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Old Posted May 4, 2021, 12:28 AM
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yeah it's definitely easier to see it on the ground...or maybe subbing in for another city on tv/film.

in my opinion hamilton's one of the more interesting cities in canada, architecturally. or at least it vastly outpaces its population rank

i don't have exact photos but here's a sketch i did of a three-block stretch along Gore Park, downtown. hardly a '70s' build in sight

This sketch is amazing. Well done.
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yeah it's definitely easier to see it on the ground...or maybe subbing in for another city on tv/film.

in my opinion hamilton's one of the more interesting cities in canada, architecturally. or at least it vastly outpaces its population rank

i don't have exact photos but here's a sketch i did of a three-block stretch along Gore Park, downtown. hardly a '70s' build in sight

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to do a streetscape visit now.
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@Larch that is so beautiful, amazing work!
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Thats amazing.
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Great drawing, Larch

The slab tower rocks. One of the most cost effective ways to build mass housing with good, livable layouts. They come from a period when Canada was both extremely optimistic and making massive strides/innovations in concrete construction. Long live the mid century slab.
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Our skyline, circa Dec 2000, from a Spec175 reflection on amalgamation. Looks like it was taken from the escarpment edge along Hwy 8, where it bends north toward Greensville.
EDIT: Not "new" but I figure this will be a good comparator... even today there are several towers that have altered the look. There wasn't much change visible from afar before The Regency went up 5 years ago.


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That is a really great photo, Larch. Hamilton looks "big city" in it.
(night views from the escarpment are my favourite)

Was it taken near West 5th?

Thanks!
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Yeah, if I came across that shot somewhere without anyone telling me anything about it - it would take a while for me to realize that's Hamilton.

I can imagine how that same shot will look like in 5 years.
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