There is no shortage of architectural landmarks in Hamilton. The city is abundant in brilliant feats and eye-catching designs, found at virtually every corner of the downtown core and adjacent neighbourhoods. Today, we’ll take a look at some of our favourites:

Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge
A picturesque welcome to the City of Hamilton, the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge was designed by renowned architect John Lyle in the early 1930’s to serve as an iconic gateway to the city. Lyle, who has designed beautiful architecture in several Canadian cities, has left an indelible mark in Hamilton – the city he grew up in. Providing beautiful views of Lake Ontario and Pier 8, the bridge is celebrated as an exceptional landmark.

The Coppley Building
Established in 1856, The Coppley Building at York and MacNab once served as the city’s primary textile factory. Now, it’s being reimagined as a community hub that will house art exhibits and public events while providing spaces for non-profits and private businesses. The original structure will remain untouched throughout the new development, upholding Hamilton’s beloved historic charm and character.

Dundurn Castle
How many cities in Canada can say that they have their own castle? Built in the 1830’s on a former military encampment, Dundurn Castle is an Italianate-style recognized National Historic Site with 40 unique rooms and a two-acre garden. Today, it is open for visitors to explore, dine, and shop unique Canadian souvenirs.

The Hamilton Public Library Central Branch and The Farmers’ Market
Recently renovated, the Hamilton Public Central Branch is more than just your basic library. This one boasts large floor-to-ceiling windows on the first two floors that overlook the urban environment. The farmers’ market occupies this space, while the six-story tower above serves as Hamilton’s main reference library.

Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk College
The Centre for Partnership and Innovation at Mohawk College is one of the city’s first net-zero developments, giving students a true all-encompassing sustainable curriculum. The progressive approach features solar-powered state-of-the-art labs, workshops, open study spaces and lecture theatre, attracting the very best students who want to pave a path for a resilient future.

These buildings, and others, new and old, are institutional landmarks in our beloved city that time and time again cause us to pause to reflect on their beauty. The best part? These are all quite accessible from Pier 8’s waterfront.

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