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 21 September, 2015)
Our Annual Heritage Conservation Awards
Presentations will be held on
Tuesday 13 October, 2015
We hope that you will join us at 6:30 pm at the Renaissance Event Venue,
285 Queen St, for this year’s presentation ceremony.
The Foundation’s Awards Committee, headed by FHF Director Paul Christianson, has once again identified an amazing lineup of award recipients. Our Heritage Conservation awards recognise area architects, designers, contractors and property owners who have thoughtfully maintained the heritage attributes of their properties during repair and reconstruction. The event includes a silent auction, cash bar and fantastic edibles prepared and served by Jessup Food & Heritage. The event is open to the public. Everyone welcome!
October 2015 Day Trip
to Prince Edward County
now in the planning stages.
We’re planning a talk and tour in October of a fully restored Lighthouse in Prince Edward County, coupled with a meal and talk at a nearby Historic Inn. Details, including transportation arrangements are forthcoming. We will notify our members when the details are finalised. We’ll also update this space!
Our 2015 Annual General Meeting
took place on Thursday 28 May, 2015
at the Tett Centre for Creative Learning
See our Annual Report to Members here.
See the Visual Presentation about the transformation of the old Morton Brewery into the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.
By Rob Crothers, The City’s Project Engineer
who oversaw the project. (Large file – loads slowly!)
Our recent Talk and Tour of the
Pump House Steam Museum 23 Ontario Street
on 27 Oct.
Our 2014 Annual Heritage Conservation Award Presentations took place on Tuesday 14 October, 2014
______________________________________________________________ Recent Speaker Tour Events
McIntyre-McFadden House 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