The Hamilton Club, Hamilton (Canada)

Founded in 1873, The Hamilton Club is a unique study in contrasts. While the members of the club include many of the city’s most prominent leaders, the building itself has a rather unassuming red brick facade. Many locals would, in fact, be hard-pressed to give directions to the club if asked on the street. The club is a vibrant hub of business, but yet is primarily a social institution; banning the display of work-related papers in dining rooms, and forbidding the use of cell phones in public areas. Parts of the facility have barely been touched in the last century, while other parts have been completely renovated to modern standards. Now, as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2023, the Hamilton Club, like the city that surrounds it, is in the midst of tremendous revitalization.