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Balfour House (Chedoke Estate) Doors Open Hamilton


Balfour House (Chedoke Estate)

The Balfour House, also known as the Chedoke Estate, sits on the edge of the Hamilton Mountain escarpment near the Garth Street access. The site was once an Iroquois settlement. The house was built by William Scott Burn, a Scottish immigrant and prosperous grain merchant. A succession of prominent Hamiltonians – including Charles John Brydges of the Great Western Railway and real estate developer William D. Flatt – owned it before the Balfour family. It was occupied by the Southam/Balfour family from 1909 to 2013. The mansion is now owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the City of Hamilton. While the site is not currently open to the public, you can learn more about this property, as part of Digital Doors Open, through the video below.

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  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1 Balfour Drive
Hamilton, Ontario


Year built: 1836-38
Architectural style: Regency
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Balfour House (Chedoke Estate) 1 Balfour Drive