Hamilton Trade Centre and Arena, Hamilton, Ontario (1982-1985)
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  • John Cresswell Parkin (archive creator)

Hamilton Trade Centre and Arena, Hamilton, Ontario (1982-1985)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 2042 photographic materials
    Approximately 1706 drawings (including 1664 reprographic copies)
    4.425 l.m. of textual records
Scope and content:
This project series documents the design and construction of the Hamilton Trade Centre and Arena in Hamilton, Ontario from 1982-1985. The office identified the project number as 8207.
The project consisted of a 60,000 square foot exhibition hall and arena, which had a capacity of 18,000. Opening in November 1985, the building was designed to host sports events (primarily hockey) and concerts. The project was reported to have cost $42 million. Along with Parkin Partnership as the architecture firm, John C. Parkin’s engineering company Parkin Engineers Ltd. worked as structural engineers on the project.
The building, commissioned by the city of Hamilton, was officially called Copps Coliseum after the former Hamilton mayor, Victor Copps, who pushed for its creation throughout his career. In 2014, the name was changed to FirstOntario Centre.
The project is recorded through reprographic copies of construction drawings, research, construction and presentation photographs, and textual records dating from 1982-1987. The textual records show design research, client correspondence, contractor work, specifications, publicity, and financial records. Any original drawings for this project are arranged within the textual records.
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Materials in this project series was compiled from different accessions and/or arranged by material type.
Conditions governing reproduction:
  • For materials from accession AR1997:0021 Jennifer A.C. Parkin holds copyright. Permission must be sought from copyright holder before reproductions can be made.

Hamilton Ontario Canada


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