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Castle Kilbride Interior

Castle Kilbride Interior

 

Castle Kilbride Trompe l'oeil

Castle Kilbride Trompe l’oeil

 

 

Castle Kilbride is the most important historic building in Wilmot Township. This National Historic Site in Baden, Ontario offers a new and unique experience for visitors.  The Castle has been restored and refurnished with scrupulous attention to detail.

The castle was built in Baden in 1877 by James Livingston and named after his birthplace in Scotland. Seen from the road it dominates its surroundings with its clean Italianate design capped by a towering belvedere. Its attractive external appearance,  is overshadowed by its amazing interior décor.

As one enters the home, the entrance hall displays an arcade of illusionary columns,  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. The Township purchased the property and embarked on a program of restoration. Aided by provincial and national funding, the building was designated as a site of national historic significance in March 1994.

60 Snyder’s Road West,

Baden, Ontario,

N3A 1A1

Phone: 519-634-8444 Toll-free: 1-800-469-5576

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