HAMILTON, ONT. — The Hamilton-Halton Construction Association (HHCA) inducted Jeff Feswick into the HHCA Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the Hamilton region.
The presentation was made at the 100th annual general meeting and dinner in February.
In a departure from previous years, Feswick was inducted by long-time friend and employee Terri Mines. Feswick started Historia Building Restoration in 1989 and has worked on some of the most iconic buildings in Hamilton including the Right House, Effort Trust, the Landed Banking & Loan Company, Hamilton City Hall and the Mills Building, indicates a release.
Feswick served as the president of the HHCA in 2006 and sat on the board of the Council of Ontario Construction Associations. He has also been part of the Hamilton Cultural Round Table, the Hamilton Arts Council, Theatre Aquarius, the Dundas Community Heritage Advisory Council and the Hamilton Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee.
Feswick has taken on development projects that breathe new life and new purpose into historical buildings including the restoration of Treble Hall, a renaissance revival style building built in 1879 designed by Hamilton architect James Balfour.
Neglected since the 1960s, Feswick worked on Treble Hall for five years, investing nearly $2 million dollars in the project, states the release. For the project, Feswick was awarded the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive Re-Use, and a Property Excellence Award from the City of Hamilton.
Other adaptive re-use projects Feswick was involved with include the Treggunno Seeds building, an 1890s post and beam building re-purposed as one of Hamilton’s first co-working spaces Seedworks and 55 Wentworth St. S., formerly the Gold Key Club owned and operated by the notorious Papalia crime family and now home to the Theatre Aquarius Theatre School.