Comment 66990

By SaraC (anonymous) | Posted July 27, 2011 at 16:05:17

Good points about the cyclical nature of public opinion in regards to architecture--probably an art form that's most vulnerable to the changing tides of fashion, since everyone interacts with architecture in one way or another. We can choose not to listen to music, or look at paintings, but with few exceptions, we all have to look at or use buildings.

Hamilton has several examples of decent modern architecture that don't exactly fit with current aesthetics tastes right now--I'm thinking Hamilton Place (a good example of Brutalism, and an important point in architect Trevor Garwood-Jones' body of work), the whole Jackson Square complex, the YWCA (another Garwood-Jones creation). I'm not a heritage purist either, but I do think we have an obligation to preserve these buildings as best we can--they're examples of the architectural innovation Hamilton experienced during the '60s and '70s, and monuments to a bygone philosophy of urban planning that's now more historically interesting than relevant.

I DO love the BOE building and City Hall, but I have a fondness for mid-century modern that I recognize not everyone shares.

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