A Corktown neighbourhood base map prepared for this assignment is available in .PNG format below:

Corktown Neighbourhood Base Map (PNG)

A map showing the current breakdown of landuse (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.) in the neighbourhood can be found here:

Corktown Current Land Use


The Lloyd Reeds Map Collection, located in Mills Library L102 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5p.m.), has the following materials:

  • city street maps from the early 1900s to the present
  • city neighbourhood plans showing land-use from the 1970s to the present
  • city directories listing the occupant of every building in Hamilton dating back to 1853
  • historical maps of Hamilton dating back to 1791 like the 1876 Bird's-Eye View of Hamilton
  • Fire Insurance Plans showing individual buildings for the years 1898 (online), 1911 (online), 1947 (hardcopy in Map Collection), and 1964 (hardcopy in Map Collection)
  • aerial photographs from 1919 to 2014. Use the online index to see what photos are available for your area. Photos older than 50 years are out-of-copyright and available online
  • topographic maps dating back to 1909

Books on the history and architecture of Hamilton:

Nina Chapple. A Heritage of Stone: Buildings of the Niagara Peninsula, Fergus and Elora, Guelph, Region of Waterloo, Cambridge, Paris, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough, Hamilton, and St. Marys, 2006. McMaster University Library call number: FC 3062 .C48 2006.

Nina Chapple. Heritage Treasures: The historic homes of Ancaster, Burlington, Dundas, East Flamborough, Hamilton, Stoney Creek and Waterdown. 2004. McMaster University Library call number: FC 3098.7 .E92 2004.

Margaret Houghton. Hamilton Street Names: An Illustrated Guide. 2002. McMaster University Library call number: FC 3098.67 .H35 2002

Thomas Melville Bailey. Dictionary of Hamilton Biographies, volumes 1-4. 1981-. McMaster University Library call number: FC 3098.25 .D52 v.1-4

John C. Weaver. Hamilton: An Illustrated History. 1982. McMaster University Library call number: FC 3098.4 .W42.

Alexander Gordon McKay. Victorian Architecture in Hamilton McMaster University Library call number: NA 747 .H3 M3

And many more...


The City of Hamilton's online map website, , includes the following:

  • A "Map Gallery" with hundreds of ready-made maps of the local area in PDF format
  • An "Interactive Mapper" which allows you to zoom-in far enough to see individual building footprints, change airphoto basemap layers from 1999 to 2015, turn off an on theme layers, annotate and more.

City of Hamilton Heritage Resources (City of Hamilton Planning and Development Department)

Hamilton's Heritage Volume 2: Inventory of Buildings of Architectural and/or Historical Interest

Hamilton's Heritage Volume 3: Canadian Inventory of Heritage Building


Hamilton Public Library (Main Branch, Special Collections) has an excellent collection of books about local history.

They also have online resources:

Local History and Archives

How to Research Your House


Corktown Neighbourhood

Corktown Neighbourhood Profile on Next Home

Cortktown Neighbourhood on Facebook

Namesakes: The Story Behind Hamilton's Place Names

Vintage Hamilton on Facebook

Vintage Postcards of Hamilton, Ontario

Ontario Architecture Website (Shannon Kyles, Mohawk College) includes a good bibliography on other sources of information about architectural styles.

Cultural Landmarks of Hamilton-Wentworth

Historical Hamilton


Last Reviewed: February, 2017