Commonwealth Square, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario (1999)
Dates of creation
Level of archival description
Extent and Medium
119 drawings (including 98 reprographic copies)
0.02 l.m. of textual records
Scope and Content
Project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's landscape project for the proposed Commonwealth Square of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, on Main Street West in Hamilton, Ontario. Oberlander worked on this project in 1999-2002 while the architectural firm Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, Blumberg Architects was in charge of the building's renovations. The building was completed in 2005, but Oberlander's proposal for the landscaping redesign of Commonwealth Square was not realized. Oberlander's first proposal consisted in adding an oval-shaped mounded lawn in the centre of a paved plaza situated between the art gallery and Main Street West. A second proposal also documented in this project series included two curved access ramps leading to a terrace next to the building with trees planting at the far edge of the plaza and along the street and the underground parking entrance.
The project series contains design development drawings for Oberlander's landscaping, such as sketches, sections, landscape plans and renderings. The project series also includes renderings and working drawings for the building by KPMB architectural firm, and building plans for the existing building used as reference. The project is also documented through correspondence, including with clients, architects and consultants, Oberlander's concept notes, documents related to the plant selection, financial documents, documentation on the art gallery, and press clippings and articles on the project. It also comprises photographs of the existing landscaping on Main Street West plaza, including the Irving Zucker Sculpture Court.