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Took me a moment to recognize that as the Medical Arts building. I didn't know it had awnings at one time.
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Took me a moment to recognize that as the Medical Arts building. I didn't know it had awnings at one time.
From facebook - Vintage Hamilton
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The Medical Arts Building on Young at James, 1950s.
The southern exposure meant installing window awnings to stay cool.
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Some Royal Connaught pics from the Spec's Flashback series.

Observation: funny but I never realized how ornate the top two floors of the older east wing actually are until I saw these black and white photos.

Lobby 1940:


1920s:


1930s:


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Some Royal Connaught pics from the Spec's Flashback series.

1920s:
I love the old Sanford building at John and King. I really prefer the look of the Connaught before the late-20s addition.
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Birks' building/ clock, Pigott, former Spec building - that's hot.
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For those not following facebook vintage Hamilton, guess the intersection from which this photo was taken,

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I follow VH, but I saw the image here first...

Is that old city hall? Which would make this King William and... MacNab? Somewhere in the middle of Jackson Square, now.
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Is that old city hall?
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Somewhere in the middle of Jackson Square, now.
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Which would make this King William and... MacNab?
No. Close. I believe King William did not go west of James
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Again, any guesses (same rules apply)

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The original downtown courthouse from the John St. side (St. Paul's steeple in the background)

That other building in the right middle ground is still there too - LIUNA has offices in it. It's quite nice.
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What a gorgeous building that was. I really like the courthouse now, though. I do however wish the lot at John and Main would be filled, as with the lot next to the Liuna building at Hughson and Main.
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For those not following facebook vintage Hamilton, guess the intersection from which this photo was taken,

^MacNab and Market, I believe. Roughly where the pharmacy and the cinema now reside in Jackson Square. Great shot.
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The original downtown courthouse from the John St. side (St. Paul's steeple in the background)

That other building in the right middle ground is still there too - LIUNA has offices in it. It's quite nice.
Technically, that would be the third courthouse, if I'm not mistaken.

The first was, quite literally, a log structure of one sort or another and the second was a more substantial stone edifice built in the 1820s. The building above dates from the late 1870s.

No pictures or citations, so you'll just have to trust me.
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Technically, that would be the third courthouse, if I'm not mistaken.

The first was, quite literally, a log structure of one sort or another and the second was a more substantial stone edifice built in the 1820s. The building above dates from the late 1870s.

No pictures or citations, so you'll just have to trust me.


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District of Gore Courthouse
Built 1832; replaced 1878-79.
Is this on the same site?
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The first was, quite literally, a log structure of one sort or another and the second was a more substantial stone edifice built in the 1820s. The building above dates from the late 1870s.
The first log courthouse was built after the County of Wentworth was formed in 1816 and was located on the southeast corner of John St. and Tyburn St. (now Jackson) across from where the next three Wentworth courthouses would be built.
Tyburn was a reference to the infamous place for execution for London England. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyburn


Source: Hamilton Public Library Local History and Archives, blackmount collection, 32022189081694.jpg

The library sketch doesn't match the description in "A Mountain and a City" by Marjorie Freeman Campbell which describes it as facing west, set back from John to allow space for pillory and stocks, the log first storey was built with logs, measured 30x30 feet, and housed the jail. The frame courtroom on the second storey was reached by a wide flight of steps.

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Is this on the same site?
This is the second courthouse (the library has its opening date as 1828) and it was on the west side of John St. on the same site where the next two courthouses would be built.

The third courthouse was built in 1877 lasted until the fourth one which is still standing was built in 1957.
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Interesting history. So that block of land had been home to a courthouse since well before Hamilton was incorporated as a city, up until the courts moved to the former post office in 1999. And it will soon host a courthouse again.

If that land could talk...
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