Near 200 years after the first building was raised from the ground at 134 Mary St. it is poised to redefine itself once again. Know for years as the Cannon Knitting Mill, the original building was a foundry making iron stove components. After languishing through periods of abandonment, well intended city incentives to revitalize the space, and acting as a location for countless movies, this iconic piece of Hamilton Architecture is set to leave its industrial past behind as it becomes The Beasley Park Lofts.

Stinson Developments, well know for repurposing historic buildings that have outlived their original usefulness, is the catalyst behind this Mary Street landmark. When complete, The Beasley Park Lofts will be home to a boutique Hotel, restaurant/bar and two event spaces. What Harry Stinson refers to as the “living room” of the entire project will be the centre courtyard complete with retractable glass pyramid roof.

 

I took part in one of the weekly Sunday tours at the current Knitting Mills and was delighted to discover the tour was being led my Mr. Stinson himself. Beyond being a very extensive tour of all the various aspects of the many buildings that make up the property, Mr. Stinson was a wealth of information on the buildings’ history, the process involved in converting buildings like this, and even the challenges of financing “non-cookie cutter” projects.

 

It was also a pleasure to be able to photograph this space before any redevelopment. For another example of predevelopment photographs of an industrial building, have a look at Opsal Steel in Vancouver.

 

 

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I’m very happy to have an image I captured for Hollam Design featured in the January issue of Western Living. It was a beautiful project to work on and it’s good to see it getting the recognition it deserves.

 

Jason Statler – Photography

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Hamilton Neighbourhood – Beasley

The Beasley neighbourhood in Hamilton, Ontario recently took advantage of their alley clean up, and Alley Gallery event to unveil their new sign. You can check out both their refreshed alleys and new sign in the alley between Robert and Barton, and Mary and Elgin streets.

Jason Statler – Photography

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The last year has given me the opportunity to travel from Vancouver, to Galveston Texas, Halifax, Nova Scotia and now Toronto, the GTA and Hamilton. Having started this store series in Vancouver, where the independent stores are becoming fewer and fewer, it’s good to see the number of apparently healthy independent convenience stores here. Walking the streets of Toronto I’ve seen many stores in each neighbourhood, each with their own distinctive flavour. Talking to people about their favourite shop, it usually comes down to a combination of what the store carries as well as the people who run it.

This week I’m featuring Boston Discount store at 1020 Queen St. East, in Toronto. One of a few great shops in the Leslieville neighbourhood.

 

Jason Statler Photography

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Iconic Toronto Architecture – City Hall

The modern architecture of Toronto's City Hall

The fact that Toronto City Hall has remained one of the city’s most iconic buildings for the last 50 years, attests to the strength of its modern architectural design. Designed by Viljo Revell in collaboration with Heikki Castren, Bengt Lundsten, and Seppo Valjus, Revell was never able to see his signature piece, having died of a heart attack the year prior to its opening.

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It was a beautiful holiday Monday to explore our lovely new province of Nova Scotia, so we loaded up the hound dog and headed up to the  101 to see the towns of the Annapolis Valley. It’s a beautiful drive through the open agricultural fields and farm houses. While we didn’t have time to stop at all the vineyards, but we will certainly be back to do just that. While in the town of Wolfville, home to Acadia University, we came across this wonderful example of a thriving independent convenience store. Muddy’s.

I’ll be posting more images of independent convenience stores from all around Halifax and Nova Scotia.

Muddy's Convenience store in Wolfville Nova Scotia

Muddy’s Convenience store in Wolfville Nova Scotia

Jason Statler – Photography

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The Long Way to Halifax – Marfa Texas

Marfa originated as a railroad water stop in the 1880’s and has since experienced both growth and reduction until the early 1970’s when artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa to pursue his minimalist art. The town is now a cultural centre for contemporary artists featuring many galleries and events. Unfortunately, the timing of our arrival in Marfa put us there on a Sunday afternoon, thus the town was very quiet with few galleries open, but it was still a pleasure to walk through this transformed desert arts mecca.

Water Tower in Marfa, Texas.

Water Tower in Marfa, Texas.

The Marfa National Bank.

The Marfa National Bank.

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Marfa Texas.

Jason Statler – Photography

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My partner and I recently embarked on a journey from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS. The start and end points are fixed but everything in between is uncertain. Kinda like life.

Wanting to get to the warmth, Rosie and I put in a lot of miles the first few days, but we did stop to enjoy some of the unique small towns of Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Wells Fargo Bank in Casper, Wyoming

The amazing Wells Fargo Bank Building in Casper, Wyoming.

A salon in an adobe style free standing building in Trinidad, Colorado.

Classic neon sign in Trinidad, Colorado.

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The Long Way to Hali – Vergreville

 

My partner and I recently embarked on a journey from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS. The start and end points are fixed but everything in between is uncertain. Kinda like life, I guess.

Arriving to -23 and a stiff wind in Vegreville after leaving Vancouver’s sunny and plus 12 was quite a shock, but the next day we dug out our wooly clothes and ventured out to see the “down town.” Like any town, big or small, businesses come and go. Here is one that caught my eye. The Vegreville Tropical Fish and Pet Supply.

Jason Statler – Photography

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Coal Harbour Penthouse

This penthouse in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour is the quintessential example of luxury Vancouver living. The nearly 360 degree views are taken full advantage of with the seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living.

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Jason Statler – Photography

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