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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Hamilton > Auchmar Estate
Auchmar Estate
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created by Padua on 3/22/2007 4:57 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 11/10/2022 3:08 PM
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The building was built in the shape of a cross, and has a chapel on the property.

Cared for by The Friends of Auchmar. TONS of pics, video tours and history available on their website, linked below.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Active restoration
Accessibility: Easy - Doors Open and watch website for tours.
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
88 Fennell Ave W
Hamilton, Ontario
Owner: The City Of Hamilton
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  •  Hazards
  • Security, houses on either side, college and a hospital across the street, heavy traffic
  •  Interesting Features
    The architecture and the great history behind the estate.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  • Rubbermaid garbage can, audible motion sensor or door alarms
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1855
    Closed: 0
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  • long pants / sleeves
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    1882 - Construction began on Auchmar and became the home of Isaac Buchanan.

    1900 - James Buchanan, son of Isaac Buchanan, purchased Auchmar and was the owner until 1926.

    1926 - Auchmar was purchased by A.Y. Young.

    1943 - The Young Family rented Auchmar to the Royal Canadian Air Force and was converted to a convalescent hospital for WW11 veterans. It has been reported that the Young family had planned to move back into Auchmar after the war, but when they saw the surgical scrub-down it had been subjected to they changed their minds.

    1945 - The Hungarian Sisters of Social Service purchased Auchmar for $32,500.

    1949 - It is reported that in the City of Hamilton bought a large portion of the Auchmar land from King George VI for $1. As a result, the Auchmar estate is now comprised of nine acres compared to an original 190.

    1997 - Alexandra Langs and Jane O’Fynn, members of the Hamilton Garden Club, requested a meeting with Diane Dent, then Chair, Municipal Heritage Committee (LACAC) to discuss their request to work with the Garden Club and to preserve Auchmar.

    1998 - The Garden Club president Brenda Yates, sent a letter to the the City of Hamilton requesting that Auchmar be preserved and remain in public ownership.

    1999 - Ward 8 Councillor Frank D’Amico, met and toured Auchmar with Monica Buchanan Starkey (great granddaughter or great niece of Isaac Buchanan), Jane O’Flynn, Hamiton Garden Club, Hank Wroblewski, City of Hamilton employee and Diane Dent to discuss preservation. Auchmar is purchased by DeSantis Homes for approximately 2 million dollars. Following a meeting between Mr. DeSantis and Diane Dent a swap between Auchmar and serviced city lands on the east mountain was discussed. The following morning the lawyer to Mr. DeSantis and Councillor William McCulloch met to confirm interest in that swap. The City of Hamilton Takesownership of the Auchmar Estate and the entire 9 acre Auchmar estate was designated by Hamilton City Council under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. That same year, the Ontario Heritage Foundation (now the Ontario Heritage Trust) placed a binding provincial easement on Auchmar.

    2000 - The Auchmar Millenium Fund Organization was founded by Dr. Richard and Mrs. Eileen Butson. Funds from subscribers were used to erect a plaque to commemorate the life of Isaac Buchanan, his contribution to Hamilton and to celebrate the construction of Auchmar.

    2000 until the present - The Friends of Auchmar and an interim board of directors have organized meetings with MP David Sweet, MPP Andrea Horvath, and then MPP Sophia Aggelonitis to confirm government interest in and support for the preservation of Auchmar. Meetings have also taken place with Tim McCabe, Anna Bradford, Neil Everson, several councilors, city staff , the Ontario Heritage Trust and interested citizens to discuss preservation issues and to provide tours of the Auchmar Manor House and the grounds.

    2008 - The Heritage Hamilton Foundation under the direction of Dr. and Mrs. Grant Head, founders of and current directors of HHF proposed the creation of the Auchmar Challenge Fund which offers a $25,000 matching grant.

    2012 - Approval from Tm McCabe for HHF to proceed was received in writing. The Friends of Auchmar was officially established and a board of directors elected. A membership drive is now in place and a website soon to be unveiled. Terry Whitehead confirmed at City Council the announcement he made at a public meeting of the Friends that he would donate $25,000 from his ward budget to the rehabilitation of Auchmar. The Ontario Historical Society approved The Friends of Auchmar Incorporation and By-Laws…

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     Future Plans
    The Friends of Auchmar have made some amazing progress between 2009-19 (efforts stopped during Covid), but as with any restoration effort it is a day by day process with volunteers and funding. As such, the future is not known...

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     Photo Galleries
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    West Side of the Estate
    Thu, Mar 22nd, 2007
    posted by Padua
    10 pictures
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    Thu, May 10th, 2007
    posted by mike16
    3 pictures
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    Wed, Jul 11th, 2007
    posted by mike16
    10 pictures

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  • on Nov 10 22 at 15:10, Emperor Wang validated this location
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  • on Nov 10 22 at 15:08, Emperor Wang changed the following: Media Coverage
  • on Nov 10 22 at 14:52, fr00tCake changed the following: Street Address, Latitude, Longitude, History, Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description, Web Links
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  • on Jul 11 07 at 14:24, mike16 added some pictures to a gallery
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