Our guests come from all over the world with a wide range of professional and intellectual and cultural interests. Some come to work while others come to renew friendships and explore our wonderful city.

About MacNab Terrace Guest House

Meet your “Inn Keepers” – Tom Baker and Helen Kirkpatrick

The owners are passionately dedicated to preserving the past and especially the unique urban culture and architecture of their MacNab Street neighbourhood. They saw a need for a new type of accommodation something between a one or two night bed and breakfast/hotel and a monthly apartment rental. Proprietors  since 1988, they have completed extensive professional renovations and restoration of the property, under the direction of noted local architect, John Mokrycke – incorporating their ideas of a historic short and medium-stay guest house into reality. MacNab Terrace Guest House has been the recipient of architectural awards and featured in books such as Heritage Treasures as well as tourism material.


Our History

Built in 1879 our guest house is comprised of the two centre residences in a series of six brick row houses designed by the famous Hamilton architect, James Balfour. Balfour was responsible for many fine buildings including the Detroit Museum of Art and Hamilton’s old city hall. The building is of flamboyant design combining two styles – San Francisco Italianate bay windows and High Victorian Gothic gables with intricate cornices and bargeboard. A unique feature is the original horse carriage entrance through the house to the rear parking area.

The houses were designated as significant properties by the City of Hamilton in 1989 because of their historic and architectural value. All original exterior features have been meticulously preserved or restored to their original grandeur.