• 1 William Coverdale

    William Coverdale was born in England. He arrived in Lower Canada (Quebec) c. 1810 and Kingston, Upper Canada (Ontario) in 1833. In 1834, he took over as the master builder for the ongoing construction of the Kingston Penitentiary, which he worked on for 14 years. He also designed and built a number of structures at the Rockwood Lunatic Asylum (Kingston, 1859-70). Both of these sites were built by convict labour. He served as City of Kingston architect from 1846-65. Important church designs include: Sydenham Street Methodist (Kingston, 1851, now United); St. Paul’s Anglican (Kingston, 1845); St. James’ Anglican (Kingston); and St. John’s Anglican (Kingston 1849-50).

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