Walking Tour of Grenville Park

SUE CHAMBERLAIN and DAVE AXFORD of the Grenville Park Cooperative Housing Association have offered to guide us on a walk of Grenville Park. Grenville Park is an interesting enclave of 56 homes surrounded by 12 ½ acres of park space that was established in 1946. It is located north of Bath Road and west of

RESCHEDULING FOR SEPTEMBER — Evolution of a Village: Portsmouth 1820-2024

The Frontenac Heritage Foundation Presents: Evolution of a Village, A Walk Through Portsmouth 1820 – 2024 — RESCHEDULING FOR SEPTEMBER — 10:30am June 22nd 2024 Aberdeen Park (621 King St W, Kingston) Walk is 1.5 hours in length Mike Sayer, Walk Leader(Portsmouth District Community Association) While a major part of life in Portsmouth Village since

Jane’s Walk Kingston 2024

Join Jane’s Walk in Kingston May 3-5, 2024 Walks are free & run rain or shine See janeswalkkingston.wordpress.com for details

The Premiere of Remarkable Point Frederick

In 2022, the Frontenac Heritage Foundation was successful in obtaining funding from the City of Kingston Heritage Fund to assist Dr. Robert D. Banks in publishing his book ‘Warriors and Warships: Conflict on the Great Lakes and the Legacy of Point Frederick’. In the fall of 2022, Bob conducted a fascinating walking tour of Point

Saving Eastern Ontario Barns

On March 26, 2024 via Zoom, please join us as Randy Bagg discusses Eastern Ontario Barns, their architecture, history and contribution to our cultural heritage landscapes. Please email contact@frontenacheritage.ca to receive a Zoom link.

Architects Working in the Kingston Region 1920 – 2000

Join Jennifer McKendry, the Kingston Historical Society and us at Kingston City Hall at 2pm on February 18, 2024 where Jennifer will discus Kingston Regional architects of the 20th Century.

2023 Heritage Awards

Join us on Monday November 27th, 2023 at the Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen Street, for the FHF 2023 Awards Ceremony! 2023 Awards Booklet Please RSVP to contact@frontenacheritage.ca

Jane’s Walk Kingston 2023

Join Jane’s Walk in Kingston May 5-7, 2023 See janeswalkkingston.wordpress.com for details

Lime Slam!

The Building Line Working Group of Canada and the Frontenac Heritage Foundation invite you to join a working group to discus and demonstrate the merits and methodology of traditional hot -mixed lime pointing mortar, render and sheltercoat case studies. Where: The Broom Factory, 305 Rideau Street, Kingston, ON When: Saturday May 27, 2023  

CANCELLED : WindowCraft and Linseed Oil Paint Workshop

Regrettably, the scheduled workshop on windows has been cancelled.

Molly Brant – Remembering and Forgetting this Indigenous Woman

Honouring International Women’s Day, Sue Bazely will be giving a talk on this salient indigenous woman. Join us on Wednesday March 8, 2023 at the upper salon of 285 Queen Street. Doors open 7pm with the talk commencing at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome!


At 2pm on Monday February 20th, 2023, celebrate with us the launch of Bob Banks’s new book ‘Warriors and Warships’ at Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario Street, Kingston. Light Refreshments  

A Tale of Two Cities: Lisbon, Seville, and Opening Up the World

Join us at The Spire at 7pm in the Upper Hall on October 14 for a talk by Dr. George Lovell who will discuss Spain and Portugal as colonial powers in the late 15th to early 19th centuries, with Lisbon and Seville as the hearts of two global empires, with a focus on art &

Lena Beliveau, Curator RMC Museum

Join us on-line at 7pm, Tuesday April 19th, 2022, for a talk by Lena Beliveau, Curator of the Royal Military College Museum. Please email us for a link: contact@frontenacheritage.ca

Heritage Services – Recapping 2021 and looking forward through 2022

Join us and Dr. Jennifer Campbell, Director of the newly formed Heritage Services Department at the City of Kingston, on January 25, 2022 at 7pm via Zoom : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83044224134?pwd=eU0rZGp1K0Z5UXRyOXh3d1Z4cmJadz09 Dr. Jennifer Campbell holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in Anthropology from Memorial University in Newfoundland Labrador, and a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of

Kingston, The Limestone City: Stone Buildings in the Kingston Region : A Talk by Jennifer McKendry

Join us 6:30pm Thursday, November 25, at the Upper Hall of the Spire located at 82 Sydenham Street, for a talk by Jennifer McKendry on her new book, “Kingston, The Limestone City : Stone Buildings in the Kingston Region.

Kingston, The Limestone City : Stone Buildings in the Kingston Region

We are pleased to announce the release of Jennifer McKendry’s new book, “Kingston, The Limestone City : Stone Buildings in the Kingston Region”. This new volume is available for purchase at Novel Idea, Princess and Bagot, Kingston. You can contact the store at novid@kingston.net or 613-546-9799. See the announcement for details.

Kingston’s Downtown: As Portrayed in Historic Postcards

At 7pm on Monday, March 15, 2021, join us by Zoom for a talk by John Grenville where he will discus Downtown Kingston as portrayed in postcards since the early 1900’s. https://frontenacheritage.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=86941cf5d91f3650b5627ded5&id=3e9db76e33&e=1c999d34bd  

Not in My Backyard

The term ‘NIMBY’ or ‘Not in My Backyard’ is often used to discredit local activists who seek to ward off unfavourable development in their neighbourhoods. In this talk Christine Sypnowich suggests that, far from being purely selfish, those who take up such causes can be valuable custodians of the common good. On Tuesday February 16,

Architects Working in the Kingston Region in the 19th Century

On Tuesday March 24th, 2020 at 7pm, join Jennifer McKendry at the Kingston Public Library at the Central Branch, Meeting Room 1 (130 Johnson St) for examine the careers of architects working in the Kingston region in the 19th century. These include George Browne, William Coverdale, Henry Horsey, William Newlands and Power and Son, as

What’s New In Heritage Planning?

(is there cause for celebration?) At 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2020 Carl Bray and Marcus Latourneau, Heritage Professionals, will talk on updates in the heritage world. Talk starts at 7pm in the Central Kingston Library Meeting Room 1 at 130 Johnson Street.

Stained Glass in Memorial Hall

At 2pm on January 25, 2020, Paul Robertson, City of Kingston Curator, will speak about the McCausland-Designed stained glass windows in Memorial Hall. Location: City Hall, 216 Ontario St, 2nd Floor.

Creating the Missing Middle, A Path to Sustainability and Affordability

On September 25, 2019, join Ottawa Architect Toon Dreessen for a talk about development. This will be held at 7pm at the Kingston Public Library Central Branch, Meeting Room 1, 130 Johnson Street.

2019 AGM

At 7pm Tuesday May 28, 2019, the Frontenac Heritage Foundation held its 2019 AGM on the 2nd floor of the RCHA Building, 193 Ontario Street. Helen Finley and Ron Tasker provided talks ‘Speaking up for our Heritage’ arguing for the importance of built heritage in the Kingston area. This event was open to the public

Museum of Healthcare

On April 23, 2019, the FF will host a members-only guided tour of the Museum of Health Care from 7pm to 9pm. Dr. Marla Dobson will lead the tour, and you must register in advance as only 25 spaces are available. Contact the FHF to register

Re-Imagining Places of Faith

From 9am to 4pm on June 1, 2019 at The Spire (Sydenham United Church, 82 Sydenham Street) will be a worksop re-imagining places of faith. Places of faith anchor and shape our communities. Yet many congregations are facing declining attendance and insufficient funding to maintain and operate their historic buildings. These important community assets are

Craig Sims

On March 19, 2019 at 7pm at the RCHA (193 Ontario Street, 2nd Floor), Craig Sims, who is a heritage consultant, will share his experiences investigating the history of Dundurn Castle, including restoring an 1840’s bathroom. You don’t want to miss this one!

Graeme Watson and Murney Tower

What’s happening at Murney Tower? At 7pm on January 22, 2019 in the RCHA Building 2nd floor, Graeme Watson will tell you all about it. Graeme is a geomatics expert and Director of Murney Tower.

Cam Allen

At 7pm on Tuesday September 11, 2018, join us for ‘Heritage Inspection : It’s a Lot More Involved. This event will be held on the 2nd floor of the RCHA, 193 Ontario Street. Cam Allen  is a well known Home Inspector in the area specializing in heritage homes. He is the author of the Whig’s

Bath Walking Tour

At 1pm and 2:30pm on Saturday November 3, 2018, we will be conducting walking tours of Historic Bath, including a stop at Ham House. Space is limited so to reserve your spot please email contact@frontenacheritage.ca  

Annual Awards Night

The annual Heritage Conservation Awards Night was held on October 16, 2018 at the Renaissance Event Venue,  285 Queen Street, Kingston See here for the 2018 Awards.

House Beautiful by Dorothy Farr

On Thursday July 26th Join us on the 3rd floor of the RCHA building from 4pm to 6pm for the launch of Dorothy Farr’s new book ‘House Beautiful’. Since Dorothy moved to Kingston in the 1970’s, she fell in love with the livable and walk able scale of the city and with the heritage buildings

Ron Brown

On Tuesday June 26, 2018, The Frontenac Heritage Foundation is pleased to sponsor Ron Brown who will talk about his latest edition of his book “150 Unusual Things to See in Ontario”. The event will be held at 7:30pm in the Upper Hall of The Spire at 82 Sydenham Street (Sydenham United Church).

Tour of St. George’s Cathedral

On Saturday March 10, 2018, at 2pm Peter Gower will be providing a tour of St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston. The first Anglican Diocese in Ontario, This tour will provide unique access to this historic building.  

Heritage Week Dinner

Joins us for dinner at a celebration of Heritage Week! On Sunday February 11, 2018, 6pm, at the Renaissance Venue at 285 Queen Street, we will be celebrating Heritage Week with a Prime Rib Dinner and silent auction. The keynote speaker will be Helen Cooper, past mayor of Kingston. Tickets are $75 and are available

Judi Brown and Black History Month

Update – the date of this event has been changed to Tuesday January 16th, 2018. Judi Brown will be presenting her experiences developing, and increasing awareness of ‘Black History Month’. This event will be held at the R.C.H.A. Club building, 193 Ontario Street, 2nd level, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday January 16th, 2018.

150 Years, 150 Women, 150 Stories Speaking Event

SPEAKING EVENT – Dianne Lake from Sharbot Lake will be presenting her project – ‘150 Years, 150 Women, 150 Stories’, which tells stories about pioneer women in Central Frontenac County. This event will be held at the R.C.H.A. Club building, 193 Ontario Street, 2nd level, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Kingston in 150 Pictures Book Launch

On November 7, 2017, Peter Gower’s new book ‘Kingston in 150 Pictures’ was launched. Supported by the Kingston Heritage Fund and the Frontenac Heritage Foundation, this book will make an EXCELLENT gift for holiday giving!  

Annual Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, October 11 at the Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen Street, was held the FHF 2017 Awards Ceremony. The following is a summary of the awards given: Frontenac Heritage Foundation 2017  

Dry Stone Festival

On the weekend of September 30th to October 1st 2017 was the Dry Stone Festival at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Barriefield.   The walls flanking the entrance way to St. Mark’s Anglican Church at 268 Main Street in Barrieifield were being rebuilt by both students and experience dry stone wallers. The project was completed

Annual General Meeting

Members of the Frontenac Heritage Foundation held its Annual General Meeting beginning at 6:30pm at the Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen Street, on Thursday May 11, 2017. Paul Fortier of Jessup’s Food and Heritage, Ltd. generously donated the venue. Speaker Alan Gummo made a presentation on “Protecting the Patrimony: Heritage Conservation in Brazil” and there was a silent auction.

Ask an Expert

On March 21, 2017, the Foundation held an event where one could “Ask an Expert” to address questions of maintenance on buildings or property. Local experts Bruce Downey, of Hughes Downey Architects, Mac Gervan, of Mac Gervan & Associates, Patrick Jenkins of Enoch’s Hammer, and David White, of D. J. White Restorations answered a great number of

Panel Discussion on Heritage for Heritage Week

On February 21, the FHF hosted a panel discussion on heritage at the Great Hall of St. George’s Church.

Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House

On January 31, 2017, the Frontenac Heritage Foundation presented Peter Milliken where he spoke about his time as Speaker of the House of Commons. After serving ten years as the longest serving Speaker of the House of Commons he talked about many  highlights of his career, and also about  what are now considered to be

Presentation on the Outer Station

On Thursday January 5th, 2017 the FHF hosted a talk by Peter Gower regarding Kingston’s 1855 Grand Trunk Outer Station. This site is made up of the original main building (1855), a brick building (1895-98) and breezeway. Badly damaged in a fire and subsequent neglect, there is now a discussion around its fate.

Book Launch for Peter C. Newman

On Monday, December 5, 2016, the Frontenac Heritage Foundation and the Kingston & District UELAC co-hosted a book launch for Peter C. Newman – Hostages to Fortune: The United Empire Loyalists and the Making of Canada. The event was being held at the Renaissance Event Venue, at 285 Queen Street, Kingston.

The Importance of Kingston Penitentiary

On Thursday November 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m., the Frontenac Heritage Foundation hosted a presentation on the importance of Kingston Penitentiary in the Church Hall of St. John’s Church, on Church Street. Architectural historian Dr. Jennifer McKendry presented an illustrated talk on “The Architectural History & Setting of Kingston Penitentiary”. Penitentiary architecture presented architects with an

Reviewing Properties for Heritage Designation

On October 3, 2016, Kayla Jones Galvin of the Archaeological Research Associates Ltd. gave a talk to the FHF regarding her time as lead consultant to the City of Kingston examining 150 properties for inclusion under the municipal heritage register, or for designation under the Ontario Heritage Act. She provided an overview of the project,

Architectural Terra Cotta Decoration in Kingston

In July 2016, the Frontenac Heritage Foundation hosted a talk on architectural terra cotta decoration in Kingston on the 2nd floor of the RCHA Building. For a period of about fifteen years, approximately from 1885 to 1900, decorative terra cotta occasionally was incorporated into the brickwork of Kingston buildings. It was an attractive expression of

George Muirhead’s 100th

On Monday, 9 May, 2016, the Foundation along with the Kingston Historical Society and the Kingston Yacht Club co-hosted a celebration of George Muirhead’s 100th birthday. George Muirhead, one of the co-founders of the Frontenac Heritage Foundation, has been influential in the fields of city planning and heritage preservation in the Kingston area. The event

Thousand Island Lighthouses

On Tuesday 29 March, 2016, Mary Alice Snetsinger presented a talk about the history, salvage and restoration of endangered 19th Century Lighthouses in the Thousand Islands.  Mary Alice, a Conservation Biologist working in the Kingston area, worked for four years at the Thousand Islands National Park.  She became interested in the 19th century lighthouses of

From Parlour to Parliament Book Launch

On March 22, the Frontenac Heritage Foundation hosted a book launch at Sir John’s Public House in the upper salon to celebrate the recent publication of Donna Ivey’s new book “From Parlour to Parliament – Sir John A.’s Kingston House on Rideau Street”.  The book is available either through the FHF or at Novel Idea for