URGENT REMINDER: ONCE AGAIN WE ASK THOSE OF YOU WHO CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE AUCHMAR ESTATE TO PLEASE EMAIL YOUR COUNCILLOR TO SUPPORT THE MOTION TO BE MADE BY COUNCILLOR TERRY WHITEHEAD AT HAMILTON CITY COUNCIL WEDNESDAY JUNE 24th TO SUSPEND THE REAL ESTATE SALE OF AUCHMAR UNTIL COUNCILLOR TERRY WHITEHEAD ALONG WITH DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE HAVE A PLAN READY WITH A COMPELLING CASE TO KEEP AUCHMAR IN CITY OWNERSHIP.
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AUCHMAR ROUND TABLE – organized by Councillor Terry Whitehead
A group is being formed to look at preserving the Auchmar Estate and keeping the estate in public hands.
When: Tuesday June 16th at 4:00pm
Where: City Hall Room 192
If you have any interest at all in ensuring that another of Hamilton’s significant architectural landmarks doesn’t fade away please plan to attend Tuesday’s meeting and ask others to attend.
PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND AND INVITE EVERYONE WHO CARES!
The estate of the Honourable Isaac Buchanan is a vital part of Hamilton’s history. In the opinion of many, Buchanan was more important than Allan MacNab. Selling off the Auchmar estate is akin to selling Dundurn Castle.
Over the years the Auchmar estate was visited by Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir Allan MacNab, Pope John Paul II when he was a Cardinal and the Prince of Wales during an 1860 royal visit. Auchmar still stands on 10 acres of the original eighty-six acres, that Buchanan named Clairmont Park. The Auchmar estate became known as a focus for entertaining their guests ranging from quiet visits from Governors’ General and politicians to the hosting of the local black community for an Emancipation Day picnic on August 1, 1859. This latter event was attended by an estimated 600 people. This was the 25th anniversary of the emancipation of the slaves by Britain. Buchanan called for a “co-operative scheme with the south for the abolition of slavery by 1900.”
The manor house is considered an elegant example of gothic revival architecture with arched windows, several chimneys, gables, and most importantly a cultural landscape.
Around about 1999 the Auchmar Estate was purchased by DeSantis Homes for approximately two million dollars, but later that year and following a meeting with Mr. DeSantis and Councillor William McCulloch a swap of Auchmar for serviced city lands on the east mountain was discussed. That same year Mr. DeSantis and Councillor agreed to the swap and the City of Hamilton took ownership of the Auchmar Estate. The entire nine (9) acre Auchmar Estate was then designated by Hamilton City Council under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. That same year, the Ontario Heritage Foundation (now the Ontario Heritage Trust) placed a binding provincial easement on Auchmar.
It is the hope of the Friends of Auchmar and other like minded individuals that the Auchmar Estate, Hamilton Mountain’s historical and architectural treasure with its manor house, dovecote, stables, walled gardens with a unique cultural landscape will remain in public ownership in order to continue to serve as one of Hamilton’s architectural landmarks for the citizens of Hamilton, of Ontario and for tourists from Canada and the world for many years to come.
Let’s not let another significant architectural landmark fade away!
PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND TUESDAY’S MEETING AND INVITE EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT AUCHMAR!
The Grand Durand – Hamilton’s Mansions is available at Hamilton HIStory + HERitage at 165 James Street North. Graham Crawford along with The Grand Durand Exhibition produced this fabulous coffee table book. If you’re looking for the perfect Hamilton Christmas gift for your favourite lover of Hamilton, you just found it. A beautiful, full-colour, 70-page book with hundreds of gorgeous photographs of 16 beautiful homes in the Durand neighbourhood, along with their history, and the history of the Durand neighbourhood. The price is $26.00. HIStory + Heritage is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11-5. You can also email to reserve your copy at email@example.com.
Graham Crawford’s newest media exhibition was posted in the Globe and Mail today Please see the link below and if you have not made it down to HIStory & HERitage Museum to see this fabulous exhibit of magnificent homes and architecture of the Grand Durand Neighbourhood, put it on your list of “to do”. The exhibit will run until December 14th. Graham has posters of the individual homes and calendars for sale as well a soon to be released coffee table book ….a great gift idea for special folks in your life…including yourself.
Opening Supercrawl Weekend September 14th and 15th at HIStory & HERitage Museum, Graham Crawford’s latest multi-media production.
This multi media show is all about the magnificent enormous mansions located in Hamilton’s historic Durand neighbourhood on streets that include Ravenscliffe, Aberdeen, Turner, Bay South and more. See Paul Wilson’s CBC article here for much more.