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Castle Kilbride, Baden

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Castle Kilbride is the former residence of James Livingston, a Canadian member of parliament, and owner of flax and linseed oil mills. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in March 1994.It was built in Baden, Ontario in 1877 and named after Livingston's birthplace in Scotland. The major feature of Castle Kilbride is the interior decorative murals in the style of the Italian Renaissance. The trompe-l'œil technique used in the murals gives the illusion of a third dimension. The building is also an outstanding example of an Italianate villa of its place and time, and at the time of its building was a tribute to the reputation of its owner as the so-called 'Flax and Oil King of Canada'.
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  • The 1877 home of John Livingston is well worth a visit. Both the history of the family and then architecure and decor are interesting. Unfortunately the family's contents were auctioned off in 1988, s...  more »
  • Beautifully restored 18th century home shows how the wealthy lived in the mid 1700's. Lots of period furnishings actually come from the home. Staff were very knowledgeable about the family and how the...  more »
  • We and another couple decided to visit after our regular "apple butter run" to Wellesley and were extremely pleased with the great Victorian Christmas decorations incorporated throughout the beautiful...  more »
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  • Beautiful location. Well kept grounds.
  • just a wonderful beautiful place, to go back in time.