The Port Authority in Hamilton, Ontario is a Federal Agency. Their building is an example of late Art Moderne architecture in Hamilton. The site is owned by the Government of Canada, and located at the foot of John Street North next to Hamilton's harbourfront.
In anticipation of the Authority’s 100 year anniversary (2012), our firm was hired to assist with site renovations to improve barrier-free accessibility. The original painted steel railings had deteriorated, with significant rust and degradation throughout. Stone clad retaining walls, limestone copings, and some of the original stone elements had begun to fail and required careful removal and restoration.
The building’s barrier-free accessibility and site circulation required updating to meet current standards.
The original railings were replaced with a design that complements the Art Moderne style of the building and increased in height to meet code. Stone cladding that had begun to fail was removed, cleaned and re-set along the street frontage. The decision to replace the limestone copings with granite arose out of concerns regarding durability and vandalism, as well as to highlight the surrounding geological context.