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Located at 115 Hunter Street West in the heart of the City of Hamilton is the historic St. Mark’s Church. Built as an Anglican church in 1877, St. Mark’s was declared redundant in 1989 and then sold to the City in 1994. This publicly-owned heritage building has remained vacant for over 30 years. It will be born again as a vibrant community space to be used by a variety of organizations.
ATA has been commissioned by the City of Hamilton to be the prime architect in the adaptive re-use of this designated heritage jewel. Phase 1, which has been completed, focused on the structural stabilization of the existing church, upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and civil systems, and the heritage restoration of the exterior brick walls and stain glass windows.
In phase 2, a new addition will be created on the west side of the church that recounts the footprint of the original structure demolished in 2011. The new addition is sympathetic to the church’s design and will house the various support facilities thus leaving the Heritage Hall as an open, pristine clear space. This space will be used for meetings, conferences, banquets, performances and other local events and celebrations. The exterior landscape will be utilized as community gardens and place of peaceful repose.
ATA has coordinated all aspects of this project. It has become a labour of love for all members of the team led by City of Hamilton, Project Manager Carolyn Samko. It is expected Phase 2 construction will start summer/fall of 2019.