Glencairn ~ Queenston, Ontario, Canada by artwhiz47

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This fine mansion in the colonial style perches on the bank of the Niagara River along the Niagara Parkway just north of Queenston. It was designed by local architect John Latshaw, a well-regarded master builder, & built in 1834 for shipping tycoon/politician & Queenston native John Hamilton . In later years, it was owned by Buffalo soap magnate John Larkin. However, despite rumors that swirled & swarmed a few years ago, Glencairn does not now, nor has it ever belonged to Tom Selleck.
Taken from the deck of the brigantine Black Pearl, from Canadian waters, on a gloomy, hazy day. The whiteness of the mansion was like a beacon from every direction.
Its more distant ‘beacon’ aspect can be seen in Ray’s picture here .


canada, ontario, queenston, glencairn, history, mansion, niagara river

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    Beauty shot! A grand wee but and ben indeed. You get the Glen Mansions and I get the Glen Chapels! No sign of the Glen Campbells though….

  • Have looked at this humdinger all my life – it is plainly visible from the riverbank in front of my old home on River Road in Lewiston. My grandmother used to make up stories about this & the huge, rambling & turreted Larkin barns almost directly opposite our house. But we Macdonalds don’t have no truck with no Campbells, y’know. Thanks, Mike.

    – artwhiz47

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 4 years ago

    Great house, fine capture Sheila …

  • Thanks, Tom… considering the fact that our vessel was bouncing slightly from the forward motion & the nasty jetboat wakes, the mansion does look firmly planted on dry land….

    – artwhiz47

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 4 years ago

    very nice Sheila. When were you in the Niagara River

  • One week ago today – would’ve been a better day today, but what are you going to do. We were aboard The Black Pearl as mentioned. Take a look at the links… the Pearl expects to do these hour-long river cruises into October, & longer jaunts, under sail, in Lake Ontario on a regular basis. Thanks, Dave.

    – artwhiz47

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Sheila, what a beautiful mansion!!

  • Thanks, Marvin. The Niagara has its share of illustrious & beautiful houses on both sides.

    – artwhiz47

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsalmost 4 years ago

    A fine mansion, indeed! …and a beautiful photo of the place, too! Excellent work, Sheila! It’s a lovely capture!

  • Thanks, Gene. It’s always nice to see the sights of the area in which you grew up through fresh eyes. It’s like Niagara Falls ~ I was born within earshot of the cataracts, but I rarely go there unless we have company!

    – artwhiz47

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsalmost 4 years ago

    excellent sheila…now there’s a place I could live

  • Move-in condition!! No doubt. And you wouldn’t have to share it with Tom Selleck…. Thanks, Impressionables

    – artwhiz47

  • klikker
    klikkeralmost 4 years ago

    Impressive sight. xx

  • Thanks, Nick. It’s almost invisible from the road due to lots of trees & other plantings. But it stands out from the river, always.

    – artwhiz47

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely peep at this impressive abode Sheila!!….Nice pov and comp…..Well done..!!

  • Thanks for the kind words, Meg. This was mostly a lucky shot… you know, get it in the viewfinder, give it a bit of a zoom, plant feet firmly, hope for best. I did take a couple of shots from slightly different angles, but this one stood out, I thought.

    – artwhiz47

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot of a wonderful looking house.

  • Thanks, Alex. A nice little cottage, eh? it still looks just magnificent from both sides, front & back. Interestingly, in over 60 years of plying the waters of the Niagara one way or another, this is the first good photo I’ve gotten of this place!

    – artwhiz47

  • Brock Hunter
    Brock Hunteralmost 4 years ago

    nice shot Sheila, not to mention triggering a flashback… It was the last day of my high school career. Our school (foolishly) hosted a yearly picnic for all its students at Queenston Heights. There was a road crew in front of this lovely home with flagmen at each end of the zone. To make a long story short; after a car load of well oiled graduates passed through this zone one of the flagmen was short his flag which then served as a temporary banner for the class of ’82 as my ’73 Polara cruised the Niagara Party. (The flag was returned on our trip back and it was the last year our school hosted a picnic for the student body at Queenston Heights. In subsequent years it was moved to a waterpark – more contained and no river/woods to hide beer in the night before)

  • Dirty rotten scoundrels all. Pity the poor flagman. Due to the prevalence of Political Correctness (or Corrosiveness), over here they have now become ‘Flaggers’. Did you see Tom Selleck? Thanks, you wastrel.

    – artwhiz47

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