Bellevue House National Historic Site -  Federal Infrastructure Investment Program

Backgrounder

Grand total of investment*:  $1.1M          

Bellevue House National Historic Site
Bellevue House National Historic Site is home to the restored villa and gardens where the seeds were planted for the birth of a country. Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and his family made Bellevue House their home from 1848 to 1849, when he was at the beginning of his political career as the member for Kingston in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada. The historic Bellevue House is an outstanding Canadian example of Italianate architecture in the Picturesque manner in an early suburb of Kingston.

Federal Infrastructure Project Funding
Previously announced project that will receive additional funding
Further information on this project is available in this backgrounder

Project name: Building Repairs and Visitor Experience Renew
Announced in 2016: $1.03 million
Estimated Additional Financing: $1.1 million
Estimated Total Cost: $2.13 million
Project description: Initially announced in 2016, the project plans for both the building exterior repairs and visitor experience renewal at the site. As this work got underway, additional needs were identified with the interior of the historic house. Instead of moving forward with several separate projects, the scope of work has been amalgamated into one larger project to enable the work to happen sequentially.

This increase in project funding is focused primarily on the historic Bellevue House and will include a complete replacement of the roof, electrical systems and wiring updates. As well, plasterwork on the ceilings will be repaired, the floors will be restored and the walls will be refreshed. The experience within the historic house will also be completely updated to offer visitors new ways to discover the rich past of the historic Bellevue House and the legacy of Canada’s first Prime Minister. Upon completion, this project will offer renewed exhibits, displays, and artefacts, which will appeal to visitors of all ages.

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