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Bellevue House - History

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Bellevue House, exterior

Bellevue House was built by Charles Hales, a successful merchant, in the early 1840s. While most houses in Kingston at the time reflected traditional, conservative Georgian architecture, Hales chose to build the only ?Italianate?-influenced villa in the Province of Canada. Its asymmetrical shape, decorative balconies, and central tower earned it a number of nicknames, including ?Tea Caddy Castle,? ?Molasses Hall,? and ?Pekoe Pagoda? (all inspired by Hales? work as a grocer).

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