We are a group of community volunteers dedicated to the preservation of built and cultural heritage in southeastern Ontario, Canada. Based in the City of Kingston, we succeed because of the support of our valued membership and generous sponsors. We accomplish our objectives by delivering informative heritage related tours, talks and workshops and by recognising heritage property owners, architects and contractors for their contributions to heritage conservation. Learn more. (This website was last updated on 28 May, 2014.)
Our 42nd Annual General Meeting was held on 27 May, 2014. Our 2013-14 Annual Report can be viewed here.
The City’s Curator, Paul Robertson and City Hall Tour Guide extraordinaire, Vincent Durant, delivered an amazing tour of the building before our meeting. Highlights of their presentation can be viewed here.
An illustrated comprehensive history of Kingston’s City Hall can be viewed here.
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes Tour
Sunday 8 June 2014, 2:00 pm
It’s certainly not the place that you thought you knew! Staff and dedicated volunteers have grown and transformed the facility into a large number of appealing new exhibits and informative displays. Among many other highlights, come learn about the “New Age of Sail” the story of Canada’s recreational sailing boom! (No pun intended.)
Some printed editions of our January 2014 FOUNDATIONS Newsletter (Volume 41, Number 1) contain two pages with content errors and a missing photo description. Corrections to pages 7 and 18 can be viewed, printed and then inserted into your copy of the newsletter. We regret any confusion and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Recent Speaker Tour Events
2497 Highway 2 East, 7 December, 2013
57 FHF Members and guests were treated to a most informative talk and tour of this remarkable house just east of Kingston. Quite literally from its ashes, owner Don Taylor has restored and renovated this combined two-house farm dwelling into a spectacular single family home with additional guest quarters, office or Granny Flat above its new garage. Thank you Don, for both salvaging this historic property and for sharing its history and renovation details with us!
This property is for sale. 2497 Highway 2 East, Kingston ON
Here are a few photos of our tour of the Peter Ham House in Bath in November. Owner/Restorer Ron Tasker gave us a brilliant talk about his progress in fully restoring the place! (Photos courtesy of Floyd Patterson)View comprehensive coverage of our Ham House tour at a website/blog maintained by an FHF member. Thanks Lindi! (Opens new Window)
Our sincerest thanks and appreciation to Toby and Jay Abramsky of Keystone Property Management for a most informative tour of the Former Congregational Church and Masonic Lodge, 126 Wellington Street, Kingston. Clearly, their devotion to heritage conservation, not to mention their patience during re-development of the site, has resulted in a spectacular example of a thoughtfully restored historic Kingston landmark.
Thank you Toby and Jay, for the tour and for all that you do!
Some photos of our trip to the Old House Museum on Wolfe Island in August. (Click an image to enlarge it.)
Our June Speaker Tour featured
Gananoque Pilot Ed Clark.
Sans the informative commentary, Gananoque Pilot Ed Clark’s presentation about the making and flooding of the St. Lawrence Seaway at our 11 June Speaker Speaker Tour event can be viewed here. (Large file. May take a minute or two to load depending on your connection speed.)
For additional information about the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the flooding of seven “Lost Villages”, visit the Lost Villages Historical Society’s amazing website. You can also view some remarkable video at the CBC Digital Archive website. (From the initial CBC Archive web page link we have provided here, click on “All Clips from this Topic” to view other 1950s Seaway construction video news stories .)
FHF President Floyd Patterson (left) presenting
Elaine & Michael Davies with the Margaret Angus Award
for Heritage Conservation – 14 May, 2013