Hamilton could use another museum celebrating the rich history of Upper Canada and the role Hamilton and its powerbrokers played in the young Dominion.
By Trey Shaughnessy
Published May 31, 2005
MacNab's Dundurn and McQueston's Whitehearn are museums. What about Buchanan's homes?
Hamilton could use another museum celebrating the rich history of Upper Canada and the role Hamilton and its powerbrokers played in the young Dominion. Dundurn Castle and Whitehearn are fantastic museums and add to our tourist attractions. Now that we have a reborn AGH and Hamilton is trying to capitalize on the millions of tourists between the Falls and TO, lets add two more attractions: Auchmar and Buchanan's city home.
I visited Auchmar during Doors Open Hamilton, and it was a spectacular building. However, it was in very poor shape. Investming in Auchmar and converting it into a museum would save it for future generations and add to a good collection of museums.
Sir Isaac Buchanan was an important figure in our history. Together with fellow Scotsman Sir Allen MacNab, he ruled his mini-kingdom in the new land. Both named their estates after clan castles in Scotland. This sounds like a good story, and a museum could complete it.
Auchmar is a walled-in (like Whitehearn) country estate on the 'hill'. I asked an attendant of Doors Open where Buchanan's city home was, he told me it's on the north east corner of John St. and Augusta St.
Buchanan's 'town house' at the corner of Augusta and John.
It's a beautiful mansard-roofed building forming part of the streetwall on John South. It is currently being used by a private business, but the city can make an offer to buy and save this building as well, and create another museum.
I had to laugh when I saw the picture of the dinky train station that Burlington is saving and moving to another location on the back of a flatbed trailer. If Mayor MacIsaac had any of the treasures Hamilton has, he wouldn't waste any time in saving them for a tourist museum.
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