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Lister Building, The Doors Open Hamilton

Lister Building, The

The current building replaced the 1850s four-storey stone commercial block that was erected for Joseph Lister, which was destroyed by fire in 1923. It features a two-level, L-shaped interior shopping arcade and a distinctive Renaissance revival-inspired art deco façade, recently restored. The building is reminiscent of the palazzo style of retail buildings in the early 20th century, with an impressive street level, several stories of commercial or retail space, and a large overhanging cornice. Coming soon: As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this building through the video below.

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Contact info

28-44 James Street North
Hamilton, Ontario


Year built: 1924; renovated 2008-11
Architect: Bernard Prack; restoration architect Julian Smith

Dates/hours open

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

Lister Building, The 28-44 James Street North