The Birks Building (1883) was designed by architect Richard Waite for the head offices of the Canada Life Assurance Co. In 1929 the upper storeys of the building were severely damaged by fire. New owners Ryrie-Birks Co. announced the building would be reconstructed almost exactly as it had been, save for the clocktower, which was replaced by a clock hanging from a lower storey. This clock now hangs inside Hamilton Farmers' Market. After much opposition, the building was demolished in 1972.
Derby Tavern on Queenston Road -- 126 Queenston Road. In the 1920's this tavern was called the Derby House, a wagon stop for traffic along a rough road that let to Niagara. Named after Mr. Derbyshire, the first owner, its second owner turned it into a larger complex in 1954. The Derby was a live country music hot spot in its heyday. It closed in 2009. This photograph was taken by J. Brian Henley, who at the time was an employee of the Hamilton Public Library.
Hamilton Farmers' Market, 1890s. Taken from what is now the middle of Jackson Square facing east towards James St. N. The large building in the center, is old City Hall. To the left is the entrance to Market Hall, which was destroyed by fire in 1917. Photo by Charles S. Cochran.
When l was young, my father would take me, my mother and my two brothers to the Chicken Roost every two weeks when he got paid. Always had the Chicken on a Bun. Great Memories growing up in Hamilton Ontario.