Where Limestone Meets Learning: Queen's Campus Across the Seasons

To say that Queen’s University’s century-old campus is beautiful would be an understatement. And if you don’t take our word for it, just check out the dozens of articles – from BuzzFeed to Huffington Post Canada – that list our campus as one of the most gorgeous in the country. For the record – that’s without counting the castle (yes, castle) operated by Queen’s in East Essex, England for international studies!


Queen’s is one of the oldest degree-granting universities in Canada, dating back more than 175 years. As a result, the campus has a truly authentic feel; all of the pre-1960 buildings are faced with limestone – a signature of Queen’s and the city of Kingston, Ontario. In honour of our historic campus, here are the six most beautiful structures at Queen’s.


Douglas Library

Dubbed “the Harry Potter library” by students for its resemblance to Hogwarts’ Great Hall, Douglas Library is the oldest one at Queen’s and dates back to the early 1920s. Partly built in a neo-gothic style, it was originally constructed to house the university’s entire book collection. Today, it’s one of many libraries students can visit.


Ontario Hall

You’ll often find bridal parties and prom-goers snapping photos outside of Ontario Hall, and we can’t blame them. The beautiful limestone-covered building, which houses the university’s Department of Art, was completed back in 1903. 



Grant Hall

Designed in the Victorian Romanesque style, Grant Hall seats nearly 1,000 people and hosts meetings, convocation ceremonies, dances and lectures. The hall also houses the now-famous clock tower that’s become synonymous with Queen’s.



Nixon Field

In the spring and summer, you’ll find Queen’s rugby team practicing on this vast field, and students using it to throw around a frisbee. The field actually sits on historic land; it was the former militia parade grounds operated by the British garrison. 




Built in 1839, Summerhill holds the title of the oldest building on campus.  The neoclassical villa was originally the home of the local Anglican Archdeacon George Okill Stuart. It was sold to Queen’s in 1841 and believe it or not, this charming villa housed the entire university back in the day!



Theological Hall

Dating all the way back to the late 1800s, Theological Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus. It’s built in a Norman Romanesque style and acted as Queen’s main building for many years. Today, it’s the home of both the School of Religion and the Department of Drama.


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