Building from 1885 set to receive heritage designation in Hamilton


Published February 8, 2024 at 4:55 pm

A Hamilton industrial building constructed nearly 140 years ago is up for designation as a heritage property.

The two-storey home at 241 Wilson St. E. in Ancaster was constructed in 1885 as an example of a “vernacular stone nineteenth-century industrial building.”

Currently, the long building contains several services including a financial advisor, an optometrist and a glasses boutique.

According to the city, “the historical value of the property lies in its association with the Ancaster Carriage Company and the Egleston Brothers, who were responsible for much of Ancaster’s nineteenth-century industry.”

First Brothers Alonso and Harris Egleston operated a machine shop in the building. They later sold the property to lawyer Edward Kenrick, who converted it to a carriage company.

The original structure was wood framed, but following a fire, Kenrick replaced the exterior with its current stone facade. While Kenrick became known as a major contributor to Ancaster with a 50-year career, he only operated Ancaster Carriage for a short time.

He sold the building by 1900 and it was turned into residential units. It also became home to a hall for the Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization founded in London, UK by at least 1730. However, more dubious sources claim the organization stretches back to 13th-century tradesmen.

“This property defines the historic former industrial character of this section of Wilson St. E, and is visually and historically linked to its surroundings. The sympathetic new structures on either side of the property enhance this former character,” the city added.

That said the property isn’t an example of any significant local architect, artist, builder, designer or theorist, the city said.
The property was put forward as reccomended for a heritage designation on Nov. 28 and the city announced it’s intention to designate on Feb. 6. After this announcement anyone with an objection to the heritage designation has 30 days to file it with the city clerk.
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