Unbuilt Hamilton


Finalist for a 2017 Hamilton Literary Award, the Kerry Schooley Award

Unbuilt Hamilton presents the Ambitious City at its most ambitious, exploring the origins and fates of unrealized building, planning, and transportation proposals from the early nineteenth century to the early twenty-first.

Marvel at the sweeping vista down Hamilton’s own version of the Champs-Élysées as you enjoy a concert in the escarpment amphitheatre. Drive up the Gage Avenue tunnel, or ride down the Ottawa Street incline railway. Take in the sites at the King’s Forest Zoo, see the stars in the planetarium, or catch a game at Commonwealth Stadium before returning to your island home in Bay Shore Village.

Featuring more than 150 illustrations, plans, and photographs, Unbuilt Hamilton gives life to the Hamilton that might have been.


Hamilton Literary Awards, the Kerry Schooley Award


Rich with illustrations, the book tells the story of the journey taken from conception to realization, or in a number of cases, non-realization … The book is written in a reader-friendly style, but is nonetheless meticulously researched.

Bay Observer

A pleasure to read.


About the Author

Mark Osbaldeston

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Mark Osbaldeston

Mark Osbaldeston has written and spoken extensively on Toronto's architectural and planning history. His first book, Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City That Might Have Been, was the subject of an exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, was a finalist for the Toronto Book Awards, and received a Heritage Toronto Award of Merit. He lives in Toronto.