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Interview with Robert Hamilton

Rob Hamilton has been a lover of architecture for most of his life. He's also a researcher and librarian by profession. It was this combination of interest and skill that led him to begin learning about the designer of the Hamilton's iconic Herkimer Apartments, at the corner of Bay St. and Herkimer. Once underway, his research revealed the life of one of Hamilton's great architects - William Palmer Witton. In the late 1890's, Witton trained under Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler in Chicago. Sullivan is considered one of America's great architects. Adler was known as a great structural engineer. Frank Lloyd Wright also worked for Sullivan. Witton returned to Hamilton and began his career as a designer of some of Hamilton's most significant buildings. The exhibition features Rob Hamilton's research that traces Witton's career from his birth in Hamilton in 1871. It contains many images of his work throughout Hamilton, both past and present.. If you're a Hamiltonian, you'll be amazed at how many of the buildings you will recognize, even though you may never have heard of W. P. Witton.

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July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Otto

Our company GUPM Construction Managers is currently preparing to reno a William Witton Building in Hamilton on 50 Murray Street and I would love to get in touch with Rob Hamilton. Does anyone know how I could find him? HIs advice and historical expertise of Witton's work would be greatly appreciated as we wish to maintain the integrity of Witton's vision and style through the course of this exciting reno. Please feel free to e-mail me or call me at 226-971-2613 Thank you.

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