Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Memories of Wentworth - Gingerbread castle

Indeed, while this building was often referred to as a gingerbread castle, it was in fact Hamilton’s TH&B Railway Station, built at what was then a level crossing at James Street. With the opening of the new railway to service the Golden Horseshoe, this station became the hub of its passenger operations offering passengers the latest in amenities being offered in the 1890s. With its turrets and gables gracing the skyline, the station also featured a main concourse stretching 170 feet along Hunter Street. The multi-storey building would last for 40 years, until the present station, built in the Art Moderne design, was built just down the tracks.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

First Here Volume Three Book Launch

Join us for the much anticipated book launch of First Here Volume Three! This is the third book of the First Here series which takes the reader back in time to the many "firsts" that happened in Hamilton.

This is your chance to meet the authors, buy a book and have it signed for you!

Date: Sunday, December 12, 2010

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: 4th floor, Hamilton Central Library, 55 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON

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Monday, November 8, 2010

First Here Volume Three - chapter excerpt

Pigott building reached 210 feet into the skyscape

Built in 1929 for $1,000,000, the Pigott building was the first skyscraper in Hamilton and one of the first in Ontario. Hamilton architects Bernard and Fred Prack used Art Deco/Gothic Revival style (which was popular for a short time in New York) to make this building unique. It was called the most beautiful building in Hamilton and the most interesting in the province. Flanked by the Sun Life Building, its strong vertical lines, elongated middle and stacked segments drew viewers’ eyes upward. It reached a height of 210 feet and had 18-storeys above the pavement.

The latest and most sophisticated methods of construction were used by the Pigott Construction Co. Parts for the building were brought from all over the world. Glass came from Belgium while steel window frames were bought in England. Many of the other parts came from across Canada. The exterior was decorated with tyndall limestone sheathing which covered the steel skeleton. The interior was richly decorated in the traditional manner with marble and fine tiles. The lobby was painted by church decorators using the colours red, blue, and gold. Stained glass windows were installed which depicted scenes of interest relating to the building. Searchlights, which revolved every 30 seconds, were installed on the rooftop to notify people of its presence as far as 80 miles away with its 2-million candle beam.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Upcoming books!

In the coming weeks watch for chapter excerpts and photos from our two new books to be released later this fall - Memories of Wentworth and First Here Volume Three!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

More of First Here - Collector's Edition Sale!

For a limited time, we have author signed copies of More of First Here available at 30% off the regular price! These books are signed by all 15 authors and would make an unique Mother's Day or Father's Day gift! These special copies at this discounted price are available from May 1 - June 15 or until supplies last.

We also have many of our other books on sale at up to 50% off!

Please visit us at http://www.canadianheritagebooks.com to purchase these books.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

More of First Here - chapter excerpt

Ottawa Street store became starting point for Tim Hortons

Miles Gilbert "Tim" Horton was born on Jan. 12, 1930, in Cochrane, Ontario. Horton, who began his hockey career in Quebec, eventually played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (beginning in 1952), the New York Rangers (1970), the Pittsburgh Penguins (1971) and then for the Buffalo Sabres (1972).

Tim Horton was involved in a string of hamburger restaurants with his partner, Jim Charade, while he was still playing hockey. These restaurants were not very successful ventures, so Mr. Horton explored the idea of a doughnut and coffee store. He opened his first Tim Hortons store in 1964 at 64 Ottawa Street North in Hamilton.

The Tim Hortons store served coffee and doughnuts exclusively. Eventually, Tim Horton's own personal creations, such as the apple fritter and the dutchie, were featured at the store. These became the chain's most popular doughnut choices in the 1960s and have remained popular ever since.

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