Kingston Ontario, my home.
It's a great city sometimes. If you look hard enough you'll find she has her ugly parts but she has her beauty out in the open for all to see.
I love photography, and you will see some of my best work eventually, but I would be remissed if I didn't start by showing you some of my city. Every photo in this blog was taken by me on July 29, 2015.
Firstly, we have Kingston's City Hall. Built in 1844. This is basically Kingston's most recognizable feature. In 1840, Kingston was the capitol of Canada and this building was designed to reflect it's status.
I took this photo of the Clock-Dome during sunset. This is not the original. The first clock dome caught fire and crashed through the floor. This update was built to resemble the original in 1908 and refurbished in 2012. The new copper has a nice bronze look in the sun. The clock has four faces that have four times on them, none of them extremely accurate. This clock is still hand-wound by a single man, who is the only one allowed up there.
The architecture is interesting. It was designed by George Browne in a neoclassical style. George designed another building in town.
This style may be recognizable to people who live in Washington DC.
The wickets for statues (of which there are none) and a beautifully polished Limestone structure.
George's best known feature was rounded corners. The back edge of this wing of the building has a slow curve, which makes offices awkward but is pretty to look at.
Kingston is known as the Limestone City, partially because it has a shit-ton of limestone under the surface of the soil and also because there are so many Victorian-Era buildings here that are made of Limestone.
The other building George Browne designed in Kingston is the old Smith and Weston building. Original name: Unknown.
Same rounded corner and polished Limestone.
This building has been expanded and refurbished many times, but this portion of the building remains untouched.
We have a lot of restaurants and pubs here. Kingston has the most restaurants per-capita in all of Canada.
One of my favorite is an Irish Pub called the Tir-Nan-Og. No idea what that means
My favorite Greasy-Spoon is Morrison's. A staple in Kingston.
It's right next to the British Whig building. The Whig is Canada's oldest running daily newspaper.
There is some neat Victorian Architecture all over.
The city has some old, forgotten buildings hidden away. Time has not been kind to them.
When the old Police Station was demolished it exposed some of my favorite derelict stone-work.
Lastly, The Spirit of Sir John A. A Steam-Train built in honour of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. McDonald, who was a Kingston native.
This train was just recently re-furbished.
I love photography. I am sure I will post more photos in future blogs.
Join me next time when I talk about some of the old Web-Comics I used to make for my now retired website, Bongo-Online.com