Ontario's Historical Plaques
Learn a little Ontario history as told through its plaques
There are two plaques about this house in the City of Amherstburg.
Both can be seen on this page.
Photo and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2012
Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2012
Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011
Coordinates: N 42 05.570 W 83 06.765
Built between 1816 and 1819 for Robert Reynolds, Deputy Assistant Commissary General of the garrison at Fort Malden, Belle Vue is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in Canada. In keeping with this style, it consists of a central core flanked by a wing on each side. The hipped roof and symmetrical front of the main part of this brick dwelling are evidence of British Classicism. The imposing chimneys integrated into the roof, the moulded panels of the front door and the wide multi-paned windows are also characteristic of this style. Though modified slightly over the years, Belle Vue maintains its original character.
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2004
This house, one of the finest remaining examples of domestic Georgian architecture in Ontario, was commenced in 1816 and completed about 1819 by Robert Reynolds, the commissary to the garrison at Fort Malden. "Bellevue" was also the home of his sister, Catherine Reynolds, an accomplished landscape painter, who was among the earliest known artists in Upper Canada. Working in pencil, crayon, sepia wash and water colours, she recorded scenes along the Detroit River and Lake Erie, which provide an invaluable record of early nineteenth century life in this region. About thirty of her works are extant, some of which are preserved in local museums.
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Posted August 13, 2012
The latest federal plaque was unveiled in December 2011, to replace one which had been stolen about two years earlier. The previous one was located immediately beside the building on a metal plate, a concealed location making it easier to steal and requiring visitors to traverse some of the property to read it. With the foliage, you still have to do that to appreciate the building, but now the plaque is visible from the sidewalk. There appear to be hopes of saving this structure, named one of the 10 most endangered historic sites in the country by the Heritage Canada Foundation. A local 'friends' group is seeking public funds to assist in the effort. For more, visit http://bellevueamherstburg.com/.
Posted February 4, 2010
What's going on with this house. I visited Canada last year and fell in love with this house. Heard a strange tale about the owner of the property. That he/she wants it to go into disrepair so the property can be subdivided for condos. Is this true?
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