Linda G. Hill

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#ThursdayDoors – More info on doors that aren’t, Kingston, Ontario

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As promised, I did some more research on the wall (with a hole where a door used to be that I discovered on Ontario Street in Kingston), when I was there last weekend. Upon searching the library, I came up with two addresses on the adjacent street: 221 and 223 King Street. I still couldn’t find any information about the wall, except that it seemed to stretch across the back yards of these two homes. So off I walked to check it out. Handily, it was only a couple of minutes from the library.

Here is 221 King Street

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and attached to it is 223 King street.

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Here is the wall from both sides,

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You can see the door at the bottom of the garden, below the branches of the small tree.

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and the “front” door of #223.

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All this still didn’t give me any clue as to what the wall might have been part of, however. So I came home and did some more research. I came across this site: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=8265 which goes on to say that #223 was built in 1834 for a lawyer, John Solomon Cartwright as an addition to #221. (If you click the link, you’ll see a much better picture of the wall than mine: in 1991 it had ivy growing on it.) The only real mention of the wall is this:

The property on which the building stands is also of interest, containing a carefully groomed lawn, plentiful gardens and a ten-foot limestone wall at its rear.

which indicates that it might have simply been built as an aesthetic piece. I’ll continue to keep my eyes open; I kind of hope, in some strange way, that it used to be a structure.

This post is part of Thursday Doors, brought to you by Norm at Norm 2.0. Check out his post (by clicking on his name) for the prompt and join in!

Author: LindaGHill

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21 thoughts on “#ThursdayDoors – More info on doors that aren’t, Kingston, Ontario

  1. Curiouser and curiouser…but they’re both lovely buildings. I like your investigative streak šŸ™‚
    Perhaps main house and guest house back in the day?

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  2. With the ivy growing on it, the wall seems like it would be for privacy. On the house side of it, it would be a pleasant and green enclosure, and it wouldn’t matter much about the other side of it.

    Then again, it could have been built for other reasons. What if the lawyer had built it because he had murdered a servant at the back end of his property? He couldn’t live with himself, and so erected the wall to hide the place of his descent into depravity. It would also explain his untimely death at the hands of a vengeful ghost…

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  3. Pretty. I’d like a wall here and there…not at limestone prices, though. *plants more hibiscus trees* lol

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  4. On another note … “It Is What It Is” was challenged. We are challenging you … it’s all in good fun, no obligation. Peace …
    https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/3-day-quote-challenge-day-three/

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  5. If you want to see purely aesthetic pieces, go on the tour of Unversal Studios in Hollywood! It’s a doorway to the ultimate aesthetic: the movies. Still some of those doors in movies look more like doors than real life ones!

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  6. Sure sounds like it was a property boundary wall Linda. It was not uncommon for the wealthy to have walled compounds.

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  7. Thanks for digging into the history, Linda. A 10′ all wall seems like it would have had a purpose. Although, there are days when I’d like one between us and our neighbor’s šŸ™‚

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