News Releases and Backgrounders
Castle Kilbride Designated as a National
BADEN, ONTARIO, September 24, 1995 -- John Richardson, M.P. for Perth-Wellington-
Waterloo, on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Michel Dupuy, today
unveiled a plaque of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to commemorate the
national architectural and historic significance of Castle Kilbride.
The ceremony was held on the lawn of Castle Kilbride, Baden, Ontario. Other dignitaries present
were Gary Leadston, M.P.P., Kitchener-Wilmot; Ken Seiling, Chair of the Regional Municipality
of Waterloo; and Lynn Myers, Mayor of the Township of Wilmot.
The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada recommended Castle Kilbride to be of
national historic and architectural significance "... by virtue of the superb decorative mural paintings
gracing its principal interior rooms...". The Board stated that "... the classical style of the paintings,
which combines classical and Italian Renaissance influences, illustrates the mid-19th century
attempt to re-establish the lost art of mural painting in the Renaissance tradition." Castle Kilbride is
a superior example of an Italianate villa of its period.
Mr. Richardson noted : "Today, one year after the opening of Castle Kilbride, it is very important
that all of those who have supported the dream to restore this unique piece of history are
acknowledged for their efforts to preserve our heritage for future Canadians."
Minister Dupuy added: "I am proud to welcome Castle Kilbride to the distinguished family of over
1,000 people, places and events that are recognized to be of national historic significance."
The Minister of Canadian Heritage bestows national heritage designations upon advice of the
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. The Board recommends persons, places and
events of national historic and architectural significance.
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