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KINGSTON, THE LIMESTONE CITY: STONE BUILDINGS IN THE KINGSTON REGION 1790 – 1930 by Jennifer McKendry,306 pp., well illustrated in colour, 8.5 x 11 inches, hard cover with dustjacket ISBN 978-0-9866343-7-6, $66


Kingston’s reliance on the stone forming its bedrock, often only a few feet below the surface, mainly occurred during the 19th century. Its competition was log and frame but they needed to be raised on stone foundations. Brick began to out-pace stone as the 19th century drew to a close but also used stone for a foundation, along with stone detailing. Technological changes in the form of concrete and steel forced stone into becoming a veneer after about 1900. Quarries, kilns, tools, fences, wall construction and carving are among the topics explored. The focus is on a chronological sequence of buildings from 1790 to 1930.

ARCHITECTS WORKING IN THE KINGSTON REGION 1820 – 1920 by Jennifer McKendry,147 pp., pb, well illustrated in black & white with colour cover, 8.5 x 11 inches, ISBN 978-0-9866343-5-2, $22. About 100 architects, who worked in the Kingston, Ontario, region from the early 19th to the early 20th centuries, are described with brief biographies and selected projects. Also included are a list of selected builders, contractors and craftsmen; architectural pattern books available in Kingston; and a bibliography of Kingston architecture.

WOODWORK in HISTORIC BUILDINGS of the KINGSTON REGION. By Jennifer McKendry. 135 pp., pb. well illustrated all in colour, 8.5 x 11 inches, ISBN 978-0-9866343-4-5, $36The styles, construction and details of log and frame buildings from the late 18th to the late 19th century are examined.  In addition, woodwork, such as mantels, staircases, verandahs and doors, in frame, brick and stone houses are illustrated. Kingston is known as “the Limestone City,” but tribute must also be given to the work of the carpenter and joiner.

BRICKS in 19th-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE of the KINGSTON AREA “Let us make bricks… and let us build ourselves a city” by Jennifer McKendry. 108 pp., pb, well illustrated all in colour, 8.5 x 11 inches, ISBN 978-0-9866343-3-8, $33. Buildings made with brick may be as ancient as biblical times but when did it begin in the Kingston area? Did it begin with minor aspects (such as chimneys and hearths) in frame or stone buildings and evolve into all-brick buildings? Where were bricks made? Were there fashions in brickwork and ornament? Kingston has a reputation as “The Limestone City” but how realistic was that in the 19th century?

MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN KINGSTON: a SURVEY of 20th-CENTURY BUILDINGS by Jennifer McKendry. 80 pp., pb, 300+ b&w illustrations, 8.5 x 11 inches, index, ISBN 978-0-9866343-2-1, $11. Examples from the Classicism of the Beaux-Arts to the avant-garde of the International Style during the modern era. From p. 35:

In Kingston, the modern era perhaps begins in 1926-27, when the Annandale Apartments complex was being planned by Colin Drever. The Annex at 119-121 Earl Street is particularly severe exercise in International Style. The cubic form, plain wall surfaces and ribbon windows echo certain aspects of Gropius’s Bauhaus Building of 1925-26 in Dessau. The brick and wood materials are traditional but the main high-rise apartment building was constructed with a steel frame with reinforced concrete. Ribbon windows in houses were incorporated into certain of Le Corbusier’s houses of the mid 1920s… .

PORTSMOUTH VILLAGE, Kingston. An Illustrated History by Jennifer McKendry,  112 pp., 8.5" x 11", 300 + illus., pb., colour cover, chronology, index, ISBN 978-0-9866343-0-7, $22. Includes an essay on the village's history, and features the histories and architectural features of more than 60 buildings from the 19th century, all well illustrated with historic and contemporary photographs, as well as helpful maps. Here are such well known examples as the Kingston Penitentiary and Rockwood Villa - and also the houses and shops that tell us something about how ordinary people lived and worked in the 19th century. The appendices include Selected Buildings of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Lost Portsmouth, and Chronology 1784 to 2000.

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WITH OUR PAST BEFORE US: 19TH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE in the KINGSTON AREA  by  Jennifer McKendry,  University of Toronto Press, 242 pp., 8.5" x 11", 107 illus., pb., glossary, index, ISBN 0-8020-7474-X, $15 (originally $29.99)  Early buildings of all types and materials are examined inside and out. Architectural histories of the Penitentiary, Rockwood Insane Asylum, Kingston City Hall, The Crystal Palace, St George's Cathedral, Rockwood Villa, Bellevue House, and many more. Chapter headings: (1) "An Impression of Substantiality and Durability": an Introduction to the Architecture of the Kingston Area; (2) "A Residence Fit for Any Gentleman in the Country": from Cabin to Castle; (3) God's Houses; (4) Buying and Selling; (5) Civic Pride; (6) Controlling Society through Architectural Design; (7) From a "Howling Wilderness" to a "Stately and Antiquated City".           

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