Architectural historian talks about 19th century brick buildings in Kingston

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Kingston may be known as the limestone city…. but in a new book, one architectural historian highlights the city’s rich “brick” history.
There are numerous examples of 19th century brick buildings and homes throughout kingston…. even more than there are limestone buildings.
That’s according to the author of “Let us make bricks …. and let us build ourselves a city”.
Author Dr. Jennifer McKendry will be speaking on the subject this thursday at Memorial hall at 10am.
McKendry says while there are many 19th century brick buildings in Kingston, the city’s brick making history and remnants …. like old kilns …. no longer exist.

“Each kiln called a clamp was temporary. So you simply created it at the time you were going to fire off a whole bunch of bricks and that process took about 7 to 10 days. heat it up, bake it, cool it off disassemble the clamp and it’s gone.”

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