Brief Historical Background

photo by Robin McKee

photo by Robin McKee

  • This brief historical background of Century Manor was written by Pat Saunders
  • Century Manor was originally named East House and was the  2nd of three mid-Victorian architectural structures built on the grounds of the Asylum for the Insane in 1884
  • Kivas Tully Architect
  • Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act by the City of Hamilton, July 1997
  • 82 acres of original 500 acres remaining – 59 acres leased by St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • 23 acres remaining includes Century Manor, Beckfield Building, Provincial Labs, Power House, Trades Buildings and Ceramic Workshop
  • One of the most important properties on the Hamilton Mountain
  • Situated on the escarpment – contact Niagara Escarpment Commission
  • Owner Provincial Government – contact: Infrastructure Ontario (IO) now within the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure – formerly Ontario Reality Corporation
  • From 1972 – 1992 Century Manor housed the Forensic Programme
  • 1992-1995 – Day Hospital for patients living in the community – care transferred to community programmes building closed considered surplus by Administration H.P.H.
  • Heritage significance – Century Manor (formerly East House) Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital – MBS Cultural Heritage Inventory: Inventory Form for Buildings and Structures January 2004 Report prepared by Chapple Heritage Services (Nina Chapple)
  • Contact Alissa Golden, Planning Dept., City Hall to obtain a copy of that report.
  • Report confirms the value of this building also confirmed by Greg Sather, Architect in the 1990’s as part of the designation process
  • Copy of a letter from MPP Andrea Horwath, leader of the NDP written to Ministers, Coteau and Duguid chiding the Liberal government for their neglect of the property
  • MPP Ted McMeekin did not respond to invitation to attend – reported that Ted apparently not supportive and not helpful in ensuring members of the CMTF and interested buyers Clement Chan, President/Owner of Columbia Intearnational College and Steve Kulakowsky, Urban Core access to Century Manor
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