Former Hamilton Radio Station building sees new life as residential space

Located at 206 King Street West, corner of Caroline Street, Radio Arts celebrates the cultural footprint of the former CHIQ radio station while providing new opportunities to be part of the downtown Hamilton community. Photo courtesy of Drawn in Depth

The recently opened Radio Arts residential complex in downtown Hamilton is a new life in the former CHIQ radio station building, located at 206 King Street West, corner of Caroline Street.

The four-story podium pays homage to the building’s original 1908 design in its stonework details and arched windows. Rising above the podium, a residential tower clad in black and white with staggered balconies adds contrast to the brickwork.

The development and design team discovered an original tiled floor from the old broadcasting station, with mosaic details that spell “Radio Arts”. What once signaled the building’s use eventually became a discovery that set the tone for the redevelopment of the site. Other architectural details such as the original beams and barn-style metal doors will be salvaged and reincorporated into the building.

Suites at Radio Arts range from studios to three-bedroom units. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness studio, co-working space, and Wi-Fi lounge that overlooks King Street with an outdoor terrace featuring brightly colored accents and furniture. A social lounge on the 14th floor opens onto the rooftop terrace which offers views of the entire city.

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