A GLIMPSE OF THE PAST

History of the Rosemount

Rosemount Inn is a historically designated building in the charming ‘Old Stones’ district of Kingston. This striking building, one of Kinston’s landmarks, is the work of English architect William Coverdale, who arrived in Kingston from Quebec in 1832.

Rosemount has been a family home for many years and opened its doors to guests in 1990, providing gracious accommodation and a chance for guests to live within the historic charm of Kingston.

“Rosemount of 1850, built for E.H. Hardy, a merchant, is a fine example of the increasing complexity of William Coverdale’s designs in the late 1840s and 1850s. Its picturesque quality is enhanced by generous verandahs with French windows. At Rosemount, the entrance is signalled by a tower and proclaimed by a clean-cut round headed arch- both elements echoing an earlier age. A tower on a house was unusual enough in the middle years of the nineteenth century in Kingston to cause a contemporary writer to characterize Rosemount as ‘ a standing point in the memory of many a passing stranger’.”

– An excerpt from: With Our Past Before Us – Nineteenth-Century Architechture in the Kingston Area by Jennifer McKendry