Born In Beasley Part 3


Photo By: Brett Klassen

The article can be viewed here in PDF format.

Time for another issue of Born in Beasley!

In our last issue, John introduced the reader to Allison Maxted, former Project Director and current Board Member of the HCLT, and the story of how a Caledonia native would fall in love with the urban core of a post-industrial Hamilton. John also discussed the official launch of the HCLT, and explored the eventual shift of the Beasley neighbourhood from a “weak” real estate market, to one of the most universally sought-after in the city. 

Charlie and Allison’s story, and that of Beasley, the HCLT, and Hamilton’s lower city now continue in Part 3, the final chapter of our story.

In this issue, John places the acquisition of 278 Wilson in the context of the history of the HCLT. He explores the events that led this development, our close working relationship with Habitat for Humanity, and the creation of our 5-year plan. He also places the HCLT in the regional context, examining its inception against that of the Parkdale Land Trust in Toronto, as well as the increasingly competitive Hamilton real estate market.

The article can be viewed here in PDF format.

For part 2, click here.

For part 1, click here.

A Hamiltonian and passionate local historian, John A. McCurdy is the owner of Vintage Histories and Stories, which provides Organization, Community, Family and Personal History services in the Hamilton region. He can be contacted through his website at, or can be found digging through the archives in support of his next project.

The HCLT is a non-profit corporation that owns land in the name of citizens and leases it back to social-purpose organizations and individuals in order to help meet needs that are prioritized by the community.



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