106-108 Park Street West, now home to the Hamilton City Ballet, has a long history dating back to 1842 when The Dundas Baptists purchased this lot for $131.00.
The first record of the Dundas Baptists is in the Free Church’s Minutes on June 27th, 1828. The Free Church was a space for multiple different denominations to gather, including the Baptists. After the Baptists purchased the lot from George Rolph, they constructed a red-brick Church which could seat around 100 people. Later in 1844 they also formed a Sunday School at the Church.
In 1865, a fire broke out from lot 104 Park Street West at McDonald & McKechnie’s Lumber & Planing Mill Shop. Notably, McKechnie later partnered with John Bertram and helped create the John Bertram & Sons Company. The fire gutted the Church. However, the Baptists soon began reconstruction, as well as expanding the Church westward for $200.00 and purchasing the now vacant lot (Dundas Baptists Church Parsonage).
The Church reopened in 1866 with seating for 300 people, stained glass windows, and a separate Sunday school on lot 106. In 1949 the Baptists installed a large hallway connecting the Church and the Sunday school. Since then, the Dundas Baptist Church has moved to 201 Governor’s Road.
“Picturesque Dundas” 1972.
“Picturesque Dundas Update” 1981.
T. Roy Woodhouse Family History Collection.
“The Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings”.