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Doors Open 2024

Date: May 4 - May 5, 2024

Time: May 4 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) | May 5 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Location: 1 Balfour Drive, Hamilton, ON L9C 7A5

In Person

Why visit Balfour House for Doors Open 2024?

Step into the captivating history of Hamilton’s iconic Balfour House, a true gem nestled on the edge of the scenic Hamilton Mountain escarpment. Formerly known as the Chedoke Estate, this majestic manor and grounds boasts a rich heritage dating back to its origins as an Iroquois settlement.

Built by the Scottish immigrant and esteemed grain merchant William Scott Burn, the Balfour House has witnessed the stewardship of several prominent Hamiltonians throughout its storied past, including railway magnate Charles John Brydges and family members of William Southam, who founded the Hamilton Spectator.

Today, under the care of the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the City of Hamilton, this historic mansion is lovingly maintained by its tenant organization, Cardus. As part of Doors Open Hamilton 2024, visitors will have the rare opportunity to explore the artful interiors of the main house, steeped in timeless elegance and charm. From guided tours to self-exploration, guests can immerse themselves in the grandeur of yesteryears while admiring the original plantings and splendid gardens that adorn the property.

But the experience doesn’t end there. Live music fills the air in the picturesque courtyard, adding to the ambiance of this enchanting locale. During this drop-in event, families can revel in outdoor games and activities, creating cherished memories against the backdrop of this historic estate.

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For history enthusiasts, the Cardus team offers captivating exhibits and insights into the profound influence of the Southam family on Ontario’s music scene. From William Southam, the visionary behind the Hamilton Spectator, to G. Hamilton Southam, the mastermind behind the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the groundbreaking composer Ann Southam, whose innovative work in electronic classical music continues to inspire.

Join us on this extraordinary journey through time, celebrating the legacy of the Balfour House and the indelible mark left by generations past. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this remarkable event and uncover the hidden treasures of Hamilton’s cultural heritage.

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Getting Here

  • Limited accessible parking is available on site. Refer to this map for parking options close to the site.
  • To navigate to 1 Balfour Drive on Google maps, search “Cardus” in Google Maps or type “1 Balfour Drive” into the search bar and hit enter. However, if you type “1 Balfour Drive” and click on the suggestion from the drop-down, it will bring you to an incorrect address (185 Young – the former Cardus office location). Cardus is working with Google Maps to resolve this issue.

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