Kingston is located in eastern Ontario, Canada, where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario. In 1841, it became the first capital of the Province of Canada, a distinction lasting only 3 years. During its existence, the capital city of the Province of Canada changed six times, until Queen Victoria declared Ottawa as the permanent capital in 1857.
Kingston’s City Hall was completed in 1844. It was designed by 31 year-old architect George Browne, who also designed several other buildings in Canada. Not part of the original design, the clock and belfry replaced what would have been a hemispherical dome. Two fires have damaged the building; the first in 1865, the second in 1908. It has acted as a market, bank, Customs House, church, saloon, and residence, but is currently Kingston’s administrative center.
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