Balfour House Exterior

Open Balfour House

It’s time to #OpenBalfour For a better hamilton

We’ve forgotten a treasure

On the Hamilton mountain sits a heritage jewel


No public access

Right now, nobody gets to enjoy Balfour House. Before more decades slip by, it’s time for a restoration campaign. #OpenBalfour will let Hamilton community and tourists enjoy this 1830s Regency-style gem.


In search of a willing funder

#OpenBalfour would restore this Hamilton treasure entirely utilizing private funding.

Taxpayers would be off the hook for the estimated $1.5 million needed for repairs and operating costs over the next 20 years.



#OpenBalfour is a partnership of five respected local employers: Budget Group of Companies, Schilthuis Construction, Invizij Architects, and led by local non-profit Cardus, a public life think tank.


Repeating Success

#OpenBalfour has been done before. No, really! The Veevers Estate (Quigley & Greenhill) was underused and inaccessible until Hamilton leased the heritage treasure to local non-profit Green Ventures.

The public can now visit and enjoy EcoHouse any time.

Balfour All

Cardus will be the anchor tenant with offices, meeting and retreat space honouring Balfour’s intricate history.

Cardus means “main street”. We do public education, mainstream media commentary, and research to build better societies. Regularly involved in Doors Open, Hamilton Employment Crawl, open houses, and regular public events.

Cardus has created dozens of jobs in Hamilton headquarters and Ottawa branch office beside Parliament Hill.

Balfour House - Inside View

IF we continue to do nothing…

Closed. Expensive. Wasting.

Balfour House Exterior

#OpenBalfour is a heritage restoration campaign.

HELP US to restore this Mountain jewel.
Protect heritage
Public access
Private funding
Local jobs
City support
Taxpayer savings
Council approval

Ask us for campaign details