This is the official web site of the Save Century Manor Task Force 2 (CMTF2). This task force was created not only to draw attention to the existence of Century Manor, an important Hamilton heritage building in danger of demolition by neglect, but also to provide information on Century Manor and to gain support within and outside our community for our ongoing fight to save and preserve this heritage building through restoration and adaptive reuse.
Brief Historical Background
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