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What is Chedoke?

  • Heritage property in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Also called Balfour House, formerly an Iroquois settlement
  • Built 1836-1838
  • Owned by Ontario Heritage Trust since 1979
  • Stewarded by City of Hamilton
  • Leased to Cardus November 2022

“Heritage sites connect us to the past, giving us a sense of belonging and connecting us to the future.”

—Beth Hanna
CEO, Ontario Heritage Trust

South elevation – photo c.1875

Restoring Chedoke

  • Cardus will be the anchor tenant with offices, meeting and retreat space honouring Chedoke’s intricate history.
  • Cardus is a non-partisan think tank dedicated to clarifying and strengthening, through research and dialogue, the ways in which society’s institutions can work together for the common good. Regularly involved in Doors Open, Hamilton Employment Crawl, open houses, and public events.
  • Cardus has created dozens of jobs in Hamilton headquarters and Ottawa branch office beside Parliament Hill.
  • Chedoke Restoration is a partnership of five respected local employers: Budget Group of Companies, Schilthuis Construction, Invizij Architects, and led by local non-profit Cardus, a public life think tank.

“Communities will thrive and grow if we build new buildings with an eye to their long-term sustainability. Or, better yet, adapt existing buildings to new purposes. While heritage speaks to our past and augments our culture, it also becomes future-looking and future-thinking.”

—Hon. Lincoln M. Alexander (C.C.)

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Alexander Centre

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