Restoration of historic 145-year-old Hamilton church underway in downtown core

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Published July 6, 2022 at 2:49 pm

Restoration of historic 145-year-old Hamilton church underway in downtown core
The City of Hamilton has broken ground on the restoration of the historic, 145-year-old St. Mark's Church on Bay Street into a multi-use cultural centre.

The City of Hamilton has broken ground on the restoration of a historic 145-year-old church in the downtown core.

St. Mark’s Church is being converted into a multi-use cultural centre that will include large open spaces, a stage, an outdoor gathering space, a patio, and a perennial garden.

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Funding for the project is being supported by the Patrick J. McNally Charitable Foundation.

“This project will transform this historic church into a new cultural centre for all to enjoy,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “We thank the McNally Foundation for their generous contribution and look forward to celebrating the completed project and seeing it in wide use by the Hamilton community.”

Built in 1877, St. Mark’s was the first Anglican Church in Hamilton to be built out of brick. It closed in 1989 and the city purchased the property the following year before it eventually gained heritage designation.

Located at 130 Bay St. South, St. Mark’s is located in one of the most densely-populated downtown neighbourhoods in Hamilton.

The adaptive re-use project went to tender last March and the contract was awarded in May.

Construction will begin in July with completion scheduled for summer 2024.

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