Doors Pub

Tags: Durand, Mansard Roof, Stone

Address: 54-56 Hess Street South
Date Built: 1852  

Doors Pub est. 1993 - 56 Hess South was built in 1852 by a contractor & quarry owner, Robert McElroy, on property purchased in 1849 for 529 pounds, 8 horses and a cow! McElroy was the mayor of Hamilton from 1862 - 1864 and as a contractor participated in the construction of the "Great Western Railway." He married a daughter of the Hess family and is thought to have died in 1881 at the age of 71.

Located on the outskirts of the Hess Village area, this house of stone construction was built in 1852 by Robert McElroy who was mayor of Hamilton from 1862-1864. He purchased the land for £ 529, eight horses and a cow in 1849 (Historical Hamilton, Undated). The building changed hands several times after McElroy's death in 1888 and was divided into multiple spaces until reaching it's current configuration in 1993. In addition to the pub the structure houses an architecture firm on the main floor and apartments on the upper level. As is consistent with the profile of Durand, these apartments located at the north end of the neighbourhood are considerably less expensive than homes located to the south at just $670 per month for rent (HouseMe, 2012). The restaurant patio area operates from May through October and was added in 2000 for a one year trial period and approved by city council as a permanent fixture in 2001 after receiving no complaints from local residents during the trial (Preston, 2012).

By: Ashleigh Patterson & Geoff Rose


Exterior Images:


Front Of The Doors Pub

Interior Images:


Basement Of The Doors PubTable And Chairs In The Doors PubStone Walls With Displayed Historic DoorsMain Bar Area In The Doors PubCorner Of The Doors Pub BarThe Main Bar At The Doors PubMain Room Upstairs WIth Ceiling DecorWhite Marble FireplaceCloseup Marble Detailing StoneworkCloseup Of White Marble FireplaceSide View Of Leaf And Flower StoneworkHistoric Tins And Singer Sewing MachineMain Room Ceiling ChandelierStraight Up View Of Ceiling And ChandelierUpstairs Bar With HallwaySet Of Doors In The Upstairs Of The BarThe Upstairs BarEntrance To The Doors LibraryLooking Downstairs From The Main Floor Of The BuildingThe Doors Library Pool Table And ChandelierBookshelf And Chair In The Doors LibraryThe Doors Library Sign On The DoorSet Of Old Wooden Doors In Upstairs Main Room