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Hamilton Place

165, Grand River Street, County of Brant, Ontario, N3L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2001/12/04

Of note are the triple-hung windows on the first and third storeys.; County of Brant, Community and Development Services, 2007.
Façade, Hamilton Place, 2007
Of note are the verandah architrave and cornice, and square pillars.; County of Brant, Community and Development Services, 2007.
Northeast Elevation, Hamilton Place, 2007
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Other Name(s)

Hamilton Place
165 Grand River Street North

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Construction Date(s)

1839/01/01 to 1844/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/09/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Hamilton Place, located at 165 Grand River Street North, is situated on the northeast corner of Grand River Street North and Emily Street, in the former Town of Paris, now the County of Brant. The property consists of a three-storey cobblestone building that was designed in the Greek Revival style and was constructed between 1839 and 1844.

The property was designated, in 2001, by the County of Brant for its historic or architectural value or interest, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 163-01).

Heritage Value

Hamilton Place is one of the most historically important residences in the former Town of Paris. It was built and occupied by Norman Hamilton, a wealthy local industrialist, miller and brewer. Norman Hamilton's son-in-law, Paul Giovanni Wickson, is also associated with the house. Wickson lived at Hamilton Place and was an artist, who specialized in painting animals and rural scenes. He is considered to be the best known artist to have lived in the former Town of Paris.

Hamilton Place is one of the most architecturally important residences in Paris. Norman Hamilton commissioned the American architect Andrew J. Minny to design Hamilton Place. It is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture, as it embodies all the features of the style at the height of its expression, in North America. Hamilton Place is a three-storey house, but it appears to be only one-and-a-half stories in height. The deep cornice above the square pillars of the porch, the simulated cornices and the triple hung windows are typical of the best buildings, of the period. The second storey windows are set in light-wells, in the verandah roof, and are concealed from view by the deep architrave, of the verandah.

Hamilton Place was built between 1839 and 1844 by Levi Boughton, a local builder, who emigrated from Albany County in Upper New York State. This date of completion is marked by a date stone over the door. Boughton brought with him the cobblestone building technique used in Hamilton Place and is responsible for building the unique cluster of cobblestone buildings, in the Paris area. Hamilton Place is unusual because the entire house is built of cobblestone, rather than only the walls facing the street, which was the more usual practice.

Source: County of Brant By-law 163-01

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of Hamilton Place include its:
- cobblestone construction style associated with Levi Boughton, the builder
- three-storey cobblestone size and massing
- 1844 date stone, over the front door
- deep cornice and architrave, above the verandah
- square pillars and simulated cornices
- triple hung windows
- projection above the verandah, housing the second storey windows




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

2001/01/01 to 2001/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

Andrew J. Minny


Levi Boughton

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

County of Brant Community and Development Services 66 Grand River Street North Paris, ON N3L 2M2

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