HomeTown – 23 – Hotel Haunts

HomeTown - 23 - Hotel Haunts
Crown Graphic – Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S 1:5.6/210 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-64 – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 8:00 @ 20C

When it comes to the buildings in downtown Milton there has been on that is somewhat of a nemesis for me and getting a decent photo of the rather rundown stone structure. The Thompson House, once one on many hotels that populated the Milton. Constructed by Charles H. Thompson in 1847 as the second hotel in the small town of Milton, the original building would be replaced in 1864 and the same crew went onto to build the first town hall in 1865. The three-story stone structure boasted fourteen rooms, four parlours, a dining room and a wine cellar. It quickly became a popular joint among both travellers and locals known for both it’s food, liquor, wine, and entertainment. The establishment was taken over by Zimmerman’s in 1880. The passage of the Scott Act invoked Prohibition in Halton County in the 1890s and the building, once known for its wild parties and deep cellars became home to the local branch of the Temperance Movement. In the 1920s a Farmer’s Coop purchased the building converting it into a ground floor restaurant, offices, and apartments. Today the bottom floor houses an Italian Restaurant, one that I have yet to frequent. And the apartments and offices still exist on the upper floors, conditions are unknown. There are a couple of things that make this building hard to photograph, first is how narrow main street is and being three stories not to mention the lack of clean sightlines. Yet, I made a point to snoop around and found a good spot from the top of the eastern entrance to Knox Church. While not perfect, it remains the best photo I’ve gotten of the place.

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