#SavetheHermitage Update

A quick update on the latest developments for the Hermitage Ruins, located in Ancaster, Ontario.

Please don’t forget to email 159 words of support to Hamilton City Council prior to Wed’s vote on saving the Hermitage.

http://www.hamilton.ca/YourElectedOfficials/WardCouncillors/

Chris Erskine
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

#SavetheHermitage – Call to Action

Call to Action – Email 159 words of support to Hamilton City Council by 5 pm, Sept 24, 2014 to save the Hermitage Ruins that are located in Ancaster, Ontario. One word for every year that the Hermitage has existed. Council needs to know that the community will support their decision to save the Hermitage.

Here is the link to the Councillors emails

http://www.hamilton.ca/YourElectedOfficials/WardCouncillors/

Thank you in advance for your support

Chris Erskine
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

Hermitage Update – Sept 11, 2014

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

#SavetheGore – A good Mayor can make the difference!

#SavetheGore is possible with the support of the Mayor.

On August 15, 2013 – the blog, Raise the Hammer, noted the inaction of Hamilton City Council to the heritage concerns surrounding the Gore Park buildings.  Several readers commented on the success that Oakville was having with their heritage properties.

Hamilton City Hall
Hamilton City Hall

In response, I wrote the following on August 18th:

My impression is that the current and past Mayors of Oakville have played a vital role in promoting the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings.

As a result, Oakville is becoming a real success story, combining the best of the past with the best of the present.

People often get frustrated with individual councillors for not adopting a wider vision.

This lack of vision shouldn’t be so surprising.

It is natural for councillors to be most concern about their own wards, unless they have a special interest in heritage.

This is why the Mayor’s position is so important.

While the Mayor has only one vote, he or she has the power to promote a vision to council and to the voters in each of the wards.

So, having a pro-heritage Mayor is key.

Unfortunately, pro-heritage voters are spread across the city.

Within each ward, they are unlikely to have the numbers to make a difference at election time (unless it is a close race).

This is why councillors may feel free to ignore their concerns.

The Mayor’s position is different.

All pro-heritage voters can participate in the election of the next Mayor.

Furthermore, the current Mayor does not have a lock on re-election.

Anyone who is proud of Hamilton and wants this City to be great should have no problems with the kinds of visions being discussed on this blog (Raise the Hammer).

It is time for the Mayor to do the right thing.

Saving historical buildings is more than about saving history, it is about a city that actively promotes good transit, strong neighbourhoods and creative industries.

It is time for creative city advocates to remind the Mayor to do the right thing.

 

#SavetheGore – Heritage is a good investment for developers

#SavetheGore – Heritage is a good investment for developers

Gore Park Buildings-1
Gore Park Buildings-1

It is a myth that heritage properties are not good investments.  Raise the Hammer just published an article that I wrote reviewing some of the recent research on the topic.  it appears that the developer will only save a few historical elements from the Gore Park Buildings and re-attach them to the new buildings when they are eventually built.

This is an insane situation and I hope you will write the Mayor and demand that he do something about it.

#SavetheGore Update

Gore Update

Hamilton Councillors Farr and McHattie have gain a promise from the developer to save the historical elements of the store-fronts of the buildings he wants to demolish.

While these councillors are trying hard to save these buildings, the compromise solution is not really a solution.

Raise the Hammer editor, Ryan McGreal, wrote a good article yesterday about the current situation.

I have also written an opinion piece asking why the Mayor and the Ontario Premier are not trying to save these important buildings in the heart of Hamilton.

Gore Park Buildings-1
Gore Park Buildings-1
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Gore Park Buildings-2
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Gore Park Buildings-3
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Gore Park Buildings-4

Please take a few moments to write Hamilton City Council, the Mayor, and the Premier.  Voice your concerns about the future of the Gore.

Heritage group asks the Ontario Government to stop demolition of Gore Park Buildings.

According to an article by Ryan McGreal in the online publication, Raise the Hammer, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) asked the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport to stop the planned demolition of the two 1870s buildings overlooking Gore Park at 24 and 28 King Street East and designate the buildings under the Ontario Heritage Act.  The ACO argues that the saving of these buildings and the landscape is no longer a local matter but is now a provincial responsibility.