For years this property on the corner of Dundurn and Aberdeen in Hamilton lay vacant. As a former pharmacy, the building lacked any visual interest and over the years had become a perfect model for this adaptive reuse project. Fast forward to 2015, when the owners of a local restaurant took over the space. They had a vision to bring a classy, comfortable, cafe / market to the area based on similar European models. Thus the Dundurn Market was conceived.
The adaptive reuse concept helps keep the project truly sustainable. 95% of its customers are foot traffic based, due to its close proximity to local schools and shopping. Its model to provide foods, produce and products from local vendors while offering the delivery of prepared dinners on bikes for the community, help reduce traffic congestions and pollution. Furthermore, by reusing existing materials including floors, walls, ceilings and reclaimed wood, the interior of the Market has kept a good balance between the new and old parts of the building
The space, part 20th century simple block addition and part 19th century Victorian home, posed very interesting fire rating and layout problems. During demolition, original double brick walls and 14′ high ceilings were exposed in the rear of the cafe, adding great visual interest to the interior space. New millwork counters, funky wall tiles and furniture including long, tufted leather bench seating were added for comfort and vibrant aesthetics.
With an array of display cases and delicious foods served up daily with enough coffee options to get you through the work week, the Dundurn Market has become a favourite destination of neighbourhood locals and Hamiltonians alike.
Construction Completed Spring 2015.