My son is in his final year of high school and now faced with the task of choosing a university to attend next year. Selecting a university by program is important but I have come to realize that the ‘feel’ of the campus ranks very high too. So we have been visiting campuses every weekend. Recently our travels took us to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Walking around the campus gives the best overview.
My niece (a Queen’s student) was our tour guide. Thanks Jen
Founded in 1841, Queen’s has a lot of historical presence. Most buildings including all constructed before the 1960’s are faced with limestone giving many of Queen’s buildings a castle-like appearance.
Ban Righ Hall, opened in 1925, is the first student residence on the Queen’s campus that also provided dining facilities. The historical dining hall could have been the inspiration for Dickens Oliver Twist, “Please sir, I want some more”. Outside the dining hall’s large windows was terrace seating perfect for eating on a sunny day.
Goodes Hall, a 110 year-old Victorian schoolhouse, has been preserved into the Queen’s School of Business.
Blending the old with the new Goodes Hall recently expanded combining the history of the 1892 schoolhouse with the contemporary design of a 75,000 sq. ft. wing addition.
Much of the old architecture in Goodes Hall was maintained such as the grand maple staircase, maple wainscoting and tin ceilings. Once again I felt like I was walking into an old movie set.
The old and new architecture blend together quite beautifully.
A ‘green’ roof bridging the two buildings together is very cool. (pun intended!)
And to top it all off Queen’s University sits right on the shore of Lake Ontario so we finished our tour with a picnic lunch on the beach. What’s not to love about a university on the beach!?
All images via Modmissy