541 Eatery & Exchange
Over the years, 541 Barton St. evolved from a bank, to closed off, uninviting rental housing in one of Hamilton’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Today, 541 Eatery & Exchange is a welcoming, accessible and beautiful space. The socially conscious café has become a beacon of hope to the residents of Barton Village.
Heritage conversion with community at its centre
It is both cafe, social enterprise and registered Canadian Charity. The Eatery offers fresh, affordable, homemade food in a warm, modern cafe setting. The Exchange takes the form of a special button program and makes it truly unique. Every button purchased is paid forward. Proceeds purchase meals at the restaurant for others who cannot afford it otherwise. The community benefits from a homework club, youth employment program and skills training opportunities offered within.
Built in 1907, 541 Barton was originally the Bank of British North America and later Bank of Montreal. Drew Hauser, Director and architect, is behind the building’s recent transformation. Compass Point Bible Church rented the main level and they drive this inventive cafe’s success.
Architecture, Conservation + Heritage, Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering
Partners & sub consultants
1,400 SQ. FT.