1, Court Street, Kingston, City of, Ontario, K7L, Canada
County Registry Office
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1876/01/01 to 1963/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Registry Office is a limestone Classical Revival building, built in three sections, with the original 1876 section, comprising a T-shaped structure. The front entrance is located at 1 Court Street, near the Frontenac County Court House in the City of Kingston.
The Registry Office was designated, for its heritage value, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, by the City of Kingston, on June 21, 1982 (By-law 82-119 8497).
The Registry Office is in very close proximity to the Frontenac County Court House (5 Court Street) and the Gaoler's Residence (150 West Street) which together form a small collection of public buildings.
The Registry Office was built of hammer-dressed limestone ashlar on a rusticated stone base with all of the classical details executed in a contrasting, smooth, ashlar. The Court Street elevation has an enclosed porch with ionic stone pilasters at the four corners. These support a frieze, cornice and pediment. The entranceway door is surrounded by a semi-circle arch with moulded corbels and a keystone. The two windows flanking the porch have semi-circular arches with bracketed sills, moulded corbels and keystones. The side elevations are alike, having a frieze, cornice and windows identical to those on the Court Street front.
Angled ionic pilasters cover the joint between the front and rear portions which meet at right angles. The West Street elevation of this part is divided into three main sections which are framed by ionic pilasters. To the rear, a second section of the building includes hammer-dressed limestone. This section has a sloping roof masked by a parapet wall on the West elevation. The windows which face the prison wall have segmented arches.
The section of the building that faces the Court House is comprised of Queenston limestone ashlar with a chiselled finish. The façade, facing Cricket Field across Court Street, has three rectangular windows with smooth surrounds, keystones and sills. The semi-circular arched entranceway is in a shallow projection with pilasters and a gable.
Source: City of Kingston Heritage Property File PLA-P18-111-2004.
Character defining elements that support the heritage value of the Registry Office include the:
- hammer-dressed limestone ashlar with contrasting smooth ashlar detailing and rusticated stone base
- enclosed porch with ionic stone pilasters at the four corners
- Court Street entranceway consisting of a semi-circular arch with moulded corbels
- two windows flanking the porch that have semi-circular arches with bracketed sills and moulded corbels
- West street elevation divided in three main sections, framed by ionic pilasters on which rest the frieze, cornice and pediment
- hammer-dressed limestone in the second section with a sloping roof masked by a parapet wall on west street elevation
- windows with segmented arches
- Queenston limestone ashlar façade with chiselled finish in the newest section
- three rectangular windows with stone surrounds, keystones and sills
- semi-circular arched entranceway in a shallow projection with pilasters and a gable
- elevation facing the Court House with no base, two rectangular sash windows, three small windows without architraves
- visual relationship with the south east side of the Court House and Gaoler's Residence
- its proximity to other civic buildings
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
Theme - Category and Type
- Governing Canada
- Government and Institutions
Function - Category and Type
- Courthouse and/or Registry Office
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Kingston Heritage Property File PLA-P18-111-2004
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