|Coverdale's 1836/40 North Gate, seen from Cedarhedge stairs|
Denis and I had once toured the museum displays, and although the place is beautifully curated, I found Victorian 'reform theories' a bit disturbing. So this visit, I kept my eyes firmly directed toward the architectural features of the splendid location, the North Gate of the Penitentiary complex and the Warden's house, Cedarhedge, facing it across King Street - talk about two different worlds.
National Historic Site) being completed over a 35 year span, from 1834-1871, largely by inmate labour.
Despite its classically inspired style, it's a pretty grim place. Not by accident does the word penitentiary come from the same root as penitent!
There were tours of the recently closed prison in October and November 2013. Missed them.
|c.1900 - thanks to Vintage Kingston FB|
|two solitudes - the prison seen from Cedarhedge garden|
|courtesy Vintage Kingston FB|
|The maple leaf for Canada, and the|
rose, shamrock & thistle for England, Ireland and Scotland
|prisoner-made concrete/stone bench|
Plan a visit; they won't insist that you stay.