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Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2009

Bellevue Bellevue

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
On the east side of Centre Street
between Edgehill Street and King Street West

Coordinates: N 44 13.376 W 76 30.245


Plaque Text

Built about 1840, Bellevue House is one of the most interesting examples surviving in Canada of Italian Villa architecture, a style that was new in the country and novel in Kingston. This type of residence subsequently became popular in Canada. John A. Macdonald, later first Prime Minister of Canada, lived here with his family from August, 1848, to September, 1849. At the time the rising young lawyer was Member for Kingston in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada.

Related Ontario plaques
John A. Macdonald in Hallowell
Sir John A. Macdonald 1815-1891
Sir John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891
Sir John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891
Legislature of the Province of Canada 1841-1844



Kingston Plaques

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> Posted January 17, 2015
This week marks the bicentennial of John Macdonald's birth, commemorated with a postage stamp and coin, both issued in his hometown of Kingston on his birthday, January 11, 2015. The city continues celebrating, this year, including at Bellevue House National Historic Site, Macdonald's home in 1848-49.
Few figures in history attain the larger-than-life stature which is his; a mind which filled a nascent nation with dreams of the continental empire it would become. -Wayne

> Posted January 22, 2010
For anyone who has never visited, Bellevue is WELL WORTH your time! Fascinating!

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