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Hamilton Building

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Bankers’ Row was well established on Main Street between Portage and William avenues, by the time the Ontario-based Bank of Hamilton leased space on East Main between Lombard and McDermot avenues in 1896. 

Within two years, the bank had acquired and expanded the Richardson Block at the southeast corner of Main and McDermot to house its own business plus commercial tenants. The construction of the impressive Bank of Commerce, plus some settlement damage in its own building, prompted the Bank of Hamilton to build a new structure. The Richardson Block was demolished and a new nine-story skyscraper was erected.


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Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1916-1918 Municipal, 1979, grade I Dressed limestone over brick, large arched entrance way, little ornamentation, steel and concrete frame. 9 storeys/72,874 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Bank/Offices Office space 395 Main Street J.D. Atchison





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