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George Browne (1811-1885)

George Browne

Photos by contributor Sheila Wang - Posted September, 2018

George Browne Kingston City Hall

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
At City Hall on the north side of Ontario Street
between Brock and Market streets

Coordinates: N 44 13.790 W 76 28.790


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Plaque Text

After emigrating from Belfast in 1830, George Browne emerged as one of the most gifted architects of 19th-century Canada. His reputation rests primarily on his mastery of Neoclassicism, to which he brought an original approach. A large number of residential, commercial, and public commissions showcase Browne's talent for distilling the major stylistic trends of his era and successfully adapting them to their local contexts. His imposing Kingston City Hall and other grand civic buildings in Montréal and Québec City were important landmarks that projected an image of prosperity and strength.

Another plaque at this location
Kingston City Hall



Kingston Plaques

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