Built Heritage

Built Heritage of the Kingston Peninsula

     In partnership with The Industrial City in Transition:  A Cultural and Environmental Inventory of Greater Saint John, a Community University Research Alliance (CURA) project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Kingston Peninsula Heritage Inc. examined and recorded the built heritage of the Kingston Peninsula.

     During the summers prior to and including 2005, over ninety homes and landmarks were recorded through photographs, local lore, and historical investigation. During this research, architectural features were photographed and analyzed, homeowners were interviewed, and land transaction and genealogical records were researched in order to gather as much history as possible about the structures and the families who have occupied them.  In this stage of the project, buildings were chosen based on their unique architectural designs or if their design was indicative of a certain historical period on the Peninsula.

     Few other historical features tell as much about a community and its people as its residential homes and public buildings. From the quaint little vernacular cottage to the grand Georgian farmhouse, every building has a story to tell about the industrious immigrant families who built them and the descendants who maintain them.

     This project began in 2005. Unless otherwise indicated, all of the houses included in the original collection were photographed by William Jones.  Supervision of the project was carried out by Judith Baxter, student adviser for Kingston Peninsula Heritage Inc.

     The project was continued in 2020. Updated photographs and information on buildings, cemeteries, and public landmarks are being added by Rivers Keirstead with the guidance of Gordon Miller and Beth Quigley. The scope of the project expanded to include as many historical buildings and places as possible, as well as lost heritage buildings (buildings that are no longer standing but were of historical significance). 

     The built heritage index is ordered categorically into Churches, Cemeteries, Schools, Houses, and Other. Pages are ordered alphabetically. 

     This is our new website, created in the summer of 2020. The original website, created in 2005, is no longer available, but all the information it contained has been recorded and/or updated.

If you know of any older homes that are not included in our Built Heritage Index, 

please contact us and let us know!

Young Canada Works and the National Trust for Canada