|Gananoque Town Hall (McDonald house, c.1832)|
Dave Bull of the Frontenac Heritage Foundation recently sent a photo of the Gananoque Town Hall. He commented on the resemblance of this building he knows well to the photo of the Picton structure which I included with some house portraits in my most recent post .
So neat, thought I'd share it.
The Gananoque Town Hall was built about 1832 for John McDonald a wealthy local merchant, postmaster, landowner, and later member of the Legislative Council of Canada. The wonderful building in its impressive park near the river was deeded to the town in 1911.
|Washburn House, Picton (c.1835)|
Both display the standard five-bay front of the Georgian tradition. Parapet end walls were designed to prevent fires spreading in urban areas...granted, most effective where buildings abutted each other.
The Washburn house shows Greek Revival influence in the modillion-trimmed cornice and porch which are decorated in the Greek key design (not visible in these photos, unfortunately).
Both houses have crisp splayed stone lintels, and are built from early soft clay brick - one wonders how far afield from the building site those were formed and baked. I love the stone corbels supporting the parapet wall - a distinctive old house feature becoming quite rare.
(Thanks to the Ontario Heritage plaque in Gananoque, and The Settler's Dream for the details.)