Hamilton Residence

640 Walkerfield Avenue, Peterborough, ON.

The two-storey house was designed for an executive of Canadian General Electric, Richard A. Hamilton, and his family.  The house was architect Eberhard Zeidler’s first residential project in Canada.

The Hamilton residence is a taut, spare design with a two-storey volume roofed with a single gable.  Taking advantage of the sloping site, a carport was tucked underneath the main living space. The interior is characterized by its double-height volume, open stair and abundant glazing.  The living areas extend directly onto a terrace in the rear garden.

Zeidler, who studied at the Bauhaus, later explained that the house was “built with some influences from Germany.”  The Hamilton residence garnered a silver Massey Medal in 1955.