Ancestral Roofs

"In Praise of Older Buildings"

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sir John A. Also...

LOML and I took off to Kingston Sunday, the quadrennial coat sale at the Bay event. Follow-up celebration over a pub lunch. And what better place in Sir John Alexander Macdonald's Kingston than Sir John's Public House on King Street, near the Market Square?

Lest you think that I am making reference to the great man's fondness for the drink, I hasten to explain that this great pub restaurant is housed in the building where John A. Macdonald and his partners maintained their law office from 1849 to 1860. Just down the street from the bustling market and regal city hall.

As we beat our way down Brock Street, against a stiff lake breeze, I stopped to capture 169-171 Wellington, the site of John A.'s first law office. Likely looked better then. It's a work in progress, clearly. Progress backwards to its original 1835 design, part of the reworking of the historic buildings at the corner of Wellington and Brock.

Thanks to Frontenac Heritage Foundation for the great article in the February 2015 issue of their publication Foundations; I am visiting all of the sites in their photo story. This post was my first installment.

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