Auchmar (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Auchmar is a historic site and one-time Estate of Isaac Buchanan, who founded both the Hamilton and the Toronto Board of Trade.

Auchmar House is the centrepiece of Clairmont Park, the estate of the Honourable Isaac Buchanan (1810–1883), one of Hamilton's most influential citizens. It was built between 1852 and 1854 and is located at the northeast corner of Fennell Avenue and West 5th. The manor house, its several remaining outbuildings, and stone orchard wall occupy about 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land which include most of the original estate features and landscaped grounds. However, the tiny Gatekeeper's Lodge, which resembles Auchmar House architecturally, became detached from the remainder of Clairmont Park. (It is located on the mountain brow at 71 Clarement Drive.) Auchmar House and the remaining contiguous portion of the Buchanan estate is a unique, heritage asset owned by the citizens of Hamilton and is recognized by the Ontario Heritage Trust as having significant historical value.[1] Auchmar House is recognized as an outstanding example of the domestic Gothic Revival and with its surrounding acreage, is a very rare example of a mid-Victorian estate in Ontario which survives in relatively intact condition. Isaac Buchanan sat as a member of the Parliament of United Canada for Toronto between 1841 and 1843, and for Hamilton between 1857 and 1865, and served as President of the Council in the Macdonald-Tache ministry between March and June 1865. He became a writer of some note on the subjects of currency and trade and is generally credited as being a formative influence on John A. Macdonald's National Policy. Buchanan was an international merchant, first president of the Hamilton Club, founder of Hamilton and Toronto boards of trade (forerunners to modern chambers of commerce)and founder of the Thirteenth Battalion, a regiment which would later become the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.[2]


  1. ^ "Heritage Watch Hamilton". Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  2. ^ Hemsworth, Wade (2007-04-28). "City looks at rezoning Auchmar". The Hamilton Spectator. 

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Coordinates: 43°14′21″N 79°52′55″W / 43.2391°N 79.882°W / 43.2391; -79.882