Comment 64270

By Art Brut (anonymous) | Posted May 30, 2011 at 21:53:59 in reply to Comment 64103

Not that he hasn't done dome decent preservation-minded work, but Blanchard's involvement with the BoM ended with the nightclub era, AFAIK. He may have approached Gowlings with a proposal, but seems to have had no official role in that reno. Despite Spec reports that "In the 1990s, Blanchard headed initiatives to convert the 1928 Pigott/Sunlife complex to condos, make the 1908 Landed Banking building into office space and turn the 1929 Bank of Montreal into high-end space for the Gowlings law firm," the $3.5 million Gowlings reno took place around 2003-2005, winning the Hamilton Urban Design and Architecture Award of Excellence for 2005.

In the 1990s, the BoM was still very much in nightclub territory: Monopoli and The Syndicate closed out the decade. If he owned it then,

Blair Blanchard Stapleton seems to hold/control a good chunk of this block.

28 King St. E. (South Side)

4 Hughson St S. (HSBC)

20 Hughson St. S. (Union Gas)

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