Location: Hamilton, ON
Year of Completion: 2021
Construction Budget: TBD
Architect of Record: Invizij Architects
The Royal Oak Dairy East Avenue North, south of Barton, is one with a rich history in Hamilton. Over the years, this active site fell into disuse as milk production moved outside the city core due to processing improvements such as refrigeration. Since that time, the site had been used for various warehousing and an attempt at building rental apartments which was not completed. Indwell purchased the site in 2018 and hopes to transform the site into homes for 95 tenants. The new development will include the re-building of the existing dairy building with three storeys and historic detailing reminiscent of the existing dairy. Beside it is a contemporary five storey structure and both buildings sit atop a parking structure.
Royal Oak Dairy, which began in 1898, was the last of Hamilton’s two dozen dairies to close, with that era ending in1981. The brick building on East Avenue North was built in 1929 when milk was still delivered by horse-drawn wagons and the horse stable part of the building is still evident. Indwell’s goal is to reflect the historic character of the original dairy building, however with a new building as the original was in too poor a state of disrepair. The original horse stable structure, with a long ramp that was used to bring the horses to the second level above the carriages, will remain and be restored as part of the redevelopment. An outdoor gathering space between the coach house and two new buildings will be a semi-public space called the Piazza and the entire development will be designed and built to the Passive House standard