Alwington, Kingston

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Alwington
Neighbourhood
Alwington House.JPG
Alwington House on the site of the former government house
Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Frontenac
Municipality Kingston, Ontario
Elevation 94 m (308 ft)
Highest point
 - coordinates 44°13′20″N 76°30′40″W / 44.22222°N 76.51111°W / 44.22222; -76.51111
Population 1,160
Timezone Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) Eastern Time Zone (UTC-4)
Postal code K7L
Area code 613

Alwington is a neighbourhood in downtown Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The district is bordered by Union Street to the north, Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard to the west, Lake Ontario to the south, and Albert Street to the east.

Alwington is Kingston's wealthiest neighbourhood, with an average household income of $161,322, which is double that of the city's average. The neighbourhood is one of the oldest in the city with many of its buildings dating from the mid nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. The area is home to numerous historic mansions, including Bellevue House, which was the home of Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John Alexander Macdonald. The building is considered one of the finest examples of Italianate villa architecture in Canada and is designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Another famous mansion in the area was Alwington House, built in 1832 by Charles le Moyne de Longueuil, Baron de Longueuil, which served as the Governor General's residence (Government House) while Kingston was the capital of Canada in 1841-1844. Charles Poulett Thomson, 1st Baron Sydenham, Sir Charles Bagot and Sir Charles Metcalfe lived at Alwington House. It was badly damaged by fire in 1958 and demolished the following year.

The neighbourhood is also home to St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital, a teaching hospital established in 1946. Along the shores of Lake Ontario at the south of Alwington is the J.K. Tett Centre, a community arts facility home to the Queen's Performing Arts Centre and the Domino Theatre.

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Shores of Lake Ontario along Alwington 
19th century home hidden behind trees