City should save Cen­tury Manor

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: City mulls buy­ing for­mer hos­pi­tal lands (May 16)

An­other golden op­por­tu­nity for Hamil­ton! We can buy the for­mer Hamil­ton psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal land on the west Moun­tain and be able to save the Cen­tury Manor Build­ing.

Pat Saun­ders, fer­vent saviour of her beloved city’s her­itage, has been striv­ing for too many years to keep the wrecking ball away from this only Vic­to­rian struc­ture on the site. Let’s hurry up and lay down our cash and re­store Cen­tury Manor to its for­mer pris­tine glory, and set it amid a beau­ti­ful park re­plete with green­ery and peace­ful path­ways. If you are seek­ing a prece­dent, the city of Lincoln in Eng­land bought its de­te­ri­o­rat­ing Vic­to­rian “lu­natic asy­lum” and con­verted it into an en­ter­tain­ment com­plex com­plete with ho­tel, the­atre, con­ser­va­tory, mu­seum and restau­rants — thereby cre­at­ing that city’s busiest tourist at­trac­tion next only to its mag­nif­i­cent me­dieval castle and cathe­dral.

And thank you Pat, for your vi­sion, your tenac­ity — and your faith. Robert Nielsen, Stoney Creek

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