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Government House 1832

Government Alwington House 1832

Photos by Brian Bockus - Posted October, 2018

Government Alwington House 1832


Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
In a traffic island on Alwington Place, just south of King Street

Coordinates: N 44 13.241 W 76 30.640


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Plaque Text

Alwington House, which stood on this site, was completed in 1832 by Charles W. Grant, fifth baron of Longueuil. It was enlarged in 1841 to serve as the vice-regal residence during the period when Kingston was the capital of the united Province of Canada. Three governors general, Lord Sydenham, Sir Charles Bagot, and Sir Charles Metcalfe, occupied the house. When the capital was removed to Montreal in 1844, Alwington was returned to Baron Longueuil. It was subsequently occupied by the Reverend J. A. Allen, author of scientific works and father of the Canadian novelist Grant Allen. Badly damaged by fire in 1958, it was demolished the following year.

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Rideau Hall


Kingston Plaques

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