Kingston City Hall

Category: Arts and Heritage
Types: Historic Sites
Region: Eastern Ontario
Address: 216 Ontario Street, Kingston
Phone: (613) 546-4291
Kingston City Hall

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Kingston's City Hall was constructed of limestone and completed in 1844. Popular legend maintains that it was built to serve as the seat of the provincial government. In fact, it was built as a city hall. "When Kingston was the capital of Upper and Lower Canada ( from 1841 to 1844 ), the city government decided to build a grand City Hall which would befit its future status. The government moved out of Kingston in 1844, shortly after construction of the City Hall was completed. In desperation, the city government offered the new building to Canada for the legislature, but the offer was refused. Queen Victoria eventually chose Ottawa as the national capital." Dr. David L.A.Gordon The grandeur of Kingston's City Hall has won it designation as an Historic Site. The federal government has provided restoration funds for one of Ontario's most perfect classical buildings.

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