Former Hamilton radio station building to see new life as residential space

by brittney_cutler_2 | January 18, 2022 3:34 pm

Located at 206 King Street West at the corner of Caroline Street, Radio Arts will celebrate the cultural footprint of the former CHIQ radio station while providing new opportunities to be part of downtown Hamilton’s community. Image courtesy Drawn in Depth

Downtown Hamilton’s incoming Radio Arts residential complex will give new life to the former CHIQ radio station building, located at 206 King Street West at the corner of Caroline Street.

The four-storey podium will pay homage to the original 1908 building design in its masonry details and arched windows. Rising above the podium, a black and white cladded residential tower with staggered balconies aims to add a contrast to the brick.

The development and design team discovered an original tile floor of the former broadcasting station, with mosaic details which spell out ‘Radio Arts.’ What once signaled the building’s use eventually became a discovery which set the tone for the site redevelopment. Other architectural details like original beams and metal barn-style doors will be salvaged and reincorporated into the building.

Suites at Radio Arts will range from studios to three-bedroom units. Amenities will include a state-of-the-art fitness studio, a co-working space, and a Wi-Fi lounge overlooking King Street West with an outdoor terrace featuring brightly coloured accents and furnishings. A social lounge on the 14th floor feeds out onto the rooftop terrace which offers views from across the city.

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