Historical Landscape of Durand

Hamilton Sketches – Historical Landscape of Durand

Yesterday, I devoted myself to research and sketching the Durand neighbourhood.  I tried to understand what the Central Public School and the MacNab Street Church area looked like in the 1850s.

What did this place look like back when it was first built?

View of MacNab from Stelco Tower
View of MacNab from Stelco Tower

Using various sources, I tried to re-construct the landscape.

MacNab Street Church Block
MacNab Street Church Block

Sometimes nothing exists from the 1850s.

Even when you have access to original photos, it may be hard to recognize what you are looking at or exactly where buildings were located.

A good example – the estate that was located on Bold street.  Today, you would never realize that Peter Hamilton’s home was located where apartment buildings are now standing.


I used to live one block away.  I never knew the history.

Published by Chris Erskine

Inspired by architecture and landscapes, my art explores our relationship to place, memory and identity. As a mid career artist, my art practice includes: painting, murals, short films, and sound art.

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