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Lister Block Revitalization

The Lister Block building was built in 1923, designed by the architectural firm of Bernard Prack in the Classical Renaissance Style.  The building remained occupied until the early 90's, following which it was left abandoned for nearly 10 years time. When WGD took on the project, the building was in a particular damaged state.   We were brought on board by the Hi-Rise group to redevelop the existing iconic commercial structure as a 178,000 square foot administration building for the City of Hamilton. The historical terra cotta facade was carefully restored, and the dilapidated arcade circulation spaces brought back to their original impressively detailed state. The interior was re-planned to be a fully-accessible facility, without compromising the delivery and results of the heritage character. The new six storey office space, plus  basement and parking level, has a 25,000 square foot floor plate.  The $25 million project was completed in 2011 and was the recipient of the 2011 Hamilton Urban Design Award, as well as the 2011 Hamilton Heritage Society Award. The WGD team is incredibly proud of the "Block's" project outcome and looks forward to contributing to the Province's building heritage again in the future.

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