Alwington, Kingston

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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 west of 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.[citation needed] 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.

Another notable 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 from 1841–44. 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, although a high-quality large house was subsequently built on the site.

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, newly expanded and renovated in 2015. Immediately next door to the Tett Centre is the newly-opened Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The Bader Centre's construction was financed in large measure by the generous philanthropy of Alfred Bader, a Queen's University graduate, and his wife Isabel.

Two large mid-19th century houses -- St. Helen's and Stone Gables -- are located on King Street, immediately west of the Tett and Bader Centres. These two mansions have recently been administrative centres for Correctional Services Canada, but have been declared surplus to government requirements in 2014, designated as heritage properties by the city of Kingston, and then placed for sale.[citation needed] Stone Gables was built for Thomas Kirkpatrick -- elected as the first mayor of Kingston in 1838, and later MP for the area north of the city -- and served as his residence.

Several student residence buildings of Queen's University -- including Leonard Hall, McNeill House, Morris Hall, Donald Gordon House, and Brockington House -- are located on Leonard Field, within Alwington, just west of Albert Street. The western section of the waterfront Breakwater Park also lies within Alwington.

Notable attractions[edit]

  • Bellevue House
  • St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital
  • J.K. Tett Centre
  • Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Image gallery[edit]

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