Elizabeth Cottage

1846
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Elizabeth Cottage and stable, c1870. Source: Queen’s University Archives.
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Elizabeth Cottage National Historic Site, 251 Brock St at Clergy. Source: photo by Jennifer McKendry.

Why did architect Edward Horsey build this attractive and stylistically innovative house in 1846 during the depression after Kingston was abandoned as the capital of Upper Canada and Lower Canada? In autumn 1846, Edward Horsey was appointed Kingston Penitentiary’s architect, an important long-term government position that exposed him to public scrutiny. The timing was propitious for a new residence in a boldly contemporary style – Gothic Revival, perhaps its first use for houses in the Kingston area. In 1883, architect William Newlands continued the medieval theme in his additions for the Fowler family (Elizabeth Fowler was the daughter of Edward Horsey).