Gasometers on the Waterfront

Gasometers at Ontario & King Sts., 1950s (Dr. H.C. Burleigh fonds - H.S. Spring sous-fonds 2324-44-1)

Kingston’s downtown and waterfront did not always have mostly highrise residences, hotels and tourist attractions. In fact, the town’s heritage is equally industrial as this photograph illustrates. Here at the eastern end of Ontario Street, near the original site of Fort Frontenac, gas-holders (or gasometers) dwarf the dome of City Hall in the distance and the individual walking along King Street. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring shots of industrial Kingston.

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2 thoughts on “Gasometers on the Waterfront

  • Thats interesting. I enjoy seeing pictures that have then and now ( in this case i have to use my imagination. If this is going to be a regular thing, have you though of maybe doing a Google maps overlay

  • We've thought of it before. Or using historypin.. maybe we'll get around to that in the next little while.

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