Bellevue House National Historic Site of Canada

Architecture

The Interiors of Bellevue

The Italianate style belongs to the Picturesque period in architectural history. Picturesque taste, besides advocating unusual architectural styles, valued the siting of a house to take advantage of scenic vistas. Bellevue House was built on a height of land with a southward orientation so that the principal rooms, the drawing room, dining room, master bedroom and study, would benefit from views of Lake Ontario. This orientation, co-incidentally, fulfilled another goal of Picturesque design: the rooms are pleasantly sunlit for a large part of the day.

cabinet d'étude
the study
©Parks Canada / Brian Morin

chambre des maîtres
master bedroom
©Parks Canada / Brian Morin

cuisine
kitchen
©Parks Canada / Brian Morin



dressing room
dressing room
©Parks Canada / Brian Morin

dining room
dining room
©Parks Canada / Brian Morin