Welcome to Ham House

This particular Ham House is in Bath, Ontario, about 15 minutes west of Kingston on Lake Ontario.

We had our first glimpse of this building through the 1930 drawing of Reed from the collection of Prof. Eric Arthur of the University of Toronto. The classical details made it easy to imagine the elegant sensitivities of another time, quite distinct from the reality of the building in 2010.

We knew the classical north façade would make for a great restoration. We had less idea that the east façade was in fact more impressive as a nod to a Roman temple. We had even less expectation that the interior would have survived but after removal of about 40 tons of modern building material, the original interior was entirely intact. This included an 1817 store in the east end of the building complete with graffiti from the Upper Canada Rebellion.

This web site attempts to tell some of the story of this building and our adventure bringing it back to its original glory. The History section gives a little background for the building and its context in the history of the region and the individuals associated with it. The Finds section discusses artifacts and other discoveries in and around the site that link the building to Canadian history. The Restoration section discusses the work done to restore the building. Finally the Links section provides links to other resources and provides contact information for Ham House.