St. Helen's

1838
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St Helen’s, 440 King St West. Source: photo by Jennifer McKendry.
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Parsonage in Yaxham, England. Source: Robert Lugar, Villa Architecture, 1828.
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St Helen’s, showing the 1910 south portico. Source: photo by Jennifer McKendry.

In July 1836, St Helen’s was begun for Helen and Thomas Kirkpatrick, a member of the Family Compact and a lawyer. The villa’s design, based on an illustration in a British architectural pattern book of 1828, is attributed to William Coverdale. The family was concerned about living in such an exposed situation on the lakeshore during the Rebellions of 1837 and 1838.  But, in May 1838, we learn that “… Thos is Lord Mayor of Kingston. They are … going shortly to move to the new house.” The town, incorporated in 1838, had Kirkpatrick as its first mayor; however, St Helen’s was outside the town boundaries and he was forced to step aside as mayor.