There is a prominent block in historic downtown Hamilton bounded by Main Street West, James Street South, Jackson Street West and MacNab Street South.
Key architectural show pieces within the block include the offices of the Gowlings law firm (in the restored Bank of Montreal bearing a cornerstone dated 1928) and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church and burial grounds (circa 1854). Adjacent territorial assets include Whitehern Historic House and Garden (circa 1850), The Hamilton Club (1873), and Centenary United Church (1868). All this is complemented by leading government, cultural, commercial and educational institutions – the hallmarks of a vibrant central city core.
Wilson-Blanchard – which operates Hughson Business Space Corporation and Office Mortgage Investments Inc. – owns the commercial stretch from MacNab Street South (25 Main Street West) to James Street South (1 Main Street West).
Wilson-Blanchard has plans to construct a new mixed use building (commercial/residential) on the parking lot between 25 Main and 1 Main. It is tentatively called MacNab Square.
This is an important infill project that will add to the intensification of the downtown and bring more Class A commercial real estate on stream.
The architectural design challenge will be to create a structure that connects the modernity of the office tower at 25 Main with the historic elegance of 1 Main (the old Bank of Montreal building).