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Kingston Custom House

Kingston Custom House

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2009

Kingston Custom House

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2009

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
On the northwest corner of King Street East
and Clarence Street

Coordinates: N 44 13.772 W 76 28.913


Plaque Text

Designed by the Montreal architectural firm of Hopkins, Lawford and Nelson, the Kingston Custom House was built in 1856-59 for the government of the united Canadas. The symmetrical composition of the two-storey ashlar building, surmounted by a restrained cornice and parapet, draws on the British classical tradition. The orderly design is achieved through repeated use of semi-circular forms for doors and windows. The Custom House and the nearby Post Office are fine examples of the architectural quality of mid-nineteenth century administrative buildings.

Related Ontario plaques
Hamilton Customs House
Kingston Post Office

Assorted Buildings

Kingston Plaques

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