Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Birkett Castle

The Embassy of Hungary often participates in Doors Open. Set in Centretown on Metcalfe, it occupies a mansion called Birkett Castle, with the ambassador's residence in the older part of the structure, while day to day diplomatic work occupies the newer additions. It dates to 1896, done in a Baronial Gothic style, and is named for its first owner, Thomas Birkett, who was the mayor of the city at the time. Its architectural style certainly evokes the castle theme, and it is quite welcoming inside, with details that include Hungarian items and art, as well as a bust of King Stephen I.


This tulip structure was outside the front door, with insignia on it that noted that it had been painted this year. Hungarian colours and symbols are part of its decorative motif.

31 comments:

  1. Birkett Castle is like a fairytale castle William ☺ so nice to see the interior details. The Hungarian Embassy staff are lucky to work here ✨

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  2. A most interesting building. Love that tulip painting with Hungarian symbols and colors.

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  3. Birkett Castle looks amazing. Looks neat and clean every where. Tulip structures looks beautiful by its color and the design on them:)

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  4. Looks like an interesting place to visit. I like your photo of the bust of King Stephen through the mirror:)

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  5. A very pretty place to look around.

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  6. ...it certainly looks like a castle, filled with lovely details!

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  7. I like this one. It is the king of place that looks like it would stay cool, even without air conditioning.

    Janis
    GDP

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  8. It really looks like a small castlle, I like it.

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  9. Hello, it is a beautiful castle. I love the tour! Have a happy day!

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  10. @Grace: it is quite a building.

    @Lowell: the tulip was a surprise.

    @WW: I agree.

    @Rosie: thank you!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Marianne: it is indeed.

    @Tom: it's quite a place to visit.

    @Janis: I suspect that's the case.

    @Jan: I do too.

    @Eileen: thanks!

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  11. Love the tour of the Embassy that you provided. That tulip structure is beautiful. :-)

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  12. This is a stunning building and I especially appreciate the interior details -- that work over the doorway in the photo near the top, the cornices, the gorgeous stairway. I'd love to see this one!

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  13. What a great looking building with those castle touches.

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  14. gorgeous!! i need 2 google what you call the doodad above a doorway? ... sort of looks like a metal fancy-ness, such amazing details. off to see, i am sure it is something fancy-ly-named, i think?! ( ;

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  15. Hard to believe that families actually lived in these homes. They certainly had servants to live that style of life.

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  16. Beautiful photos

    The details are gorgeous. The fireplace surround is stunning.

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  17. @DJan: I agree.

    @Marie: it is!

    @Jeanie: it's very well detailed.

    @Sharon: I think so too.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Red: they would have had to.

    @Maywyn: thank you!

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  18. Very lovely historical architecture and photos ~ favorite is the one of the chair in the corner ~

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  19. Very elegant and an interesting place to visit.

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  20. It is gorgeous inside and out!

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  21. Great photos and what a lovely old place. I always wanted to live in a very old home. I have had friends who have done so, and walking down old staircases, seeing all the little works of art in the carpentry, love it!

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  22. Birkett Castle is beautiful, a very nice place to visit.

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  23. @Carol: thanks!

    @Marleen: I think so.

    @RedPat: I agree.

    @Denise: this place certainly has artistic carpentry.

    @Bill: it definitely is that.

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  24. What lovely windows and beautiful details inside. The woodwork is gorgeous.

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  25. The staircase and the fireplace verge on magnificent.

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  26. This whole place is just spectacular. I also adore the tulip.

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  27. I would like to visit this castle!

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  28. The chair would be great for reading.

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  29. It *IS* a castle! Wow. Impressive.

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