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Hamilton’s Mid-Century Modern City Hall restored by + VG Architects


July 11, 2011
by Canadian Architect

+ VG Architects is proud to have restored and recycled one of the best remaining International Style civic complexes in Canada, Hamilton City Hall.

“Hamilton City Hall has undergone an extensive revitalization project that successfully blends elements of the building’s proud heritage with new and modern amenities,” says Janet Warner, project manager with the City of Hamilton. “The $74-million, 180,000-square-foot project was completed in May, 2010, and the project was delivered on budget and ahead of schedule.”

+VG Architects were appointed as heritage architecture conservation specialists for all the interior and exterior work (excluding landscaping and replacement of the cladding of the original marble exterior). Paul Sapounzi was partner in charge.

Hamilton City Hall, designed by architect Stanley Roscoe, is an eight-storey building that officially opened in 1960.

The primary materials of the exterior façade include white precast concrete over upgraded insulation and air/vapour barrier; curtain wall with high-performance glazing and integral sunshades; restored mosaic tile curtain-wall spandrel panels, soffits and fascia with aluminum soffit panels, and restored black marble wall panels.

Materials used on the interior include new marble service counters using new and salvaged marble, wood-slat ceilings, restored terrazzo floors throughout, and restored wood wall panels on the second floor for the mayor’s and councillors’ offices.

+VG Architects has designed over 40 city halls in Ontario, either as new projects or in adaptive reuse of heritage structures. Their renovation of Toronto’s Old City Hall remains the largest stone restoration and replacement job ever undertaken in Ontario.


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