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Dr. David Livingstone exhibit at Castle Kilbride

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Dr. David Livingstone exhibit at Castle Kilbride

Castle KilbrideCastle Kilbride is a local monument to our heritage and tradition.

Built in 1877 by James Livingston and named after his birthplace in Scotland Castle Kilbride as seen from the road dominates its surroundings with its clean Italianate design capped by a towering belvedere. Its attractive external appearance, however, is overshadowed by its beautiful interior decor, which in its own right classifies it as artistry of international significance.

As one enters the home, the entrance hall presents an arcade of illusionary columns, deftly rendered by the skills of the artist, H. Schasstein. The artwork appears to be three dimensional, but closer inspection reveals it to be painted on flat surfaces in such a manner as to provide the illusion of depth. Much of the interior is masterfully painted in this trompe l’oeil style.

Kilbride served the Livingston family for many years until the builder’s granddaughter, Laura Louise, her husband Harris Veitch and family decided to seek smaller accommodation and less onerous maintenance. In 1988 a development company bought the home and the furnishings were sold at a huge four-day auction.

Development did not take place; the home sat empty for five years and the property began to deteriorate.

Local heritage groups, proud of the Township’s designated heritage building, were concerned and after discussions with municipal figures, the Township purchased the property and embarked on a program of thorough restoration. Aided by provincial and national funding, the building was designated as a site of national historic significance in March 1994.

In honour of the 200th birthday of Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, Castle Kilbride is hosting an exhibit of David Livingston.

Although he was born into humble beginnings on March 19, 1813 in Blantyre Scotland, Livingstone went on to become a missionary, a doctor, a writer and an anti-slavery campaigner. Explore the history of this Victorian hero whose life and legacy has spanned continents. Celebrations are taking place worldwide and our exhibit focuses on David’s special connection with Canada. While David was exploring Africa his brother John was living in Listowel, Ontario.

Where: 60 Snyder’s Road West, Baden, Ontario

When: On exhibit until August 31

Times: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00AM-4:00PM, Saturday-Sunday 1:00PM-4:00PM, Monday: Closed

For more information please visit website.


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