Monday, June 25, 2018

Stadacona Hall

This building, called Stadacona Hall, stands in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood, near a number of other embassies and diplomatic missions. Built in 1871 for a lumber baron, it was home from 1878-1883 to Prime Minister John A. Macdonald and his family before their move to Earnscliffe, another manor of the era. It has housed other diplomatic missions, and today serves as the High Commission for Brunei Darussalam. A High Commission is the same as an embassy, just used for those countries within the Commonwealth. It first took part in Doors Open last year, and its return again this year was welcome.


It is a beautiful building, both inside and out, though I took no shots inside, as there was a note last year about photo restrictions and I assume the same applied this year. Inside there were staffers speaking about the country, and tourism brochures. Brunei is divided into two parts on the island of Borneo, occuping a small portion of the island which is otherwise taken up by Indonesia and Malaysia. 

39 comments:

  1. A nice house to visit. I have a Portuguese friend who married a local and lives in Brunei.

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  2. What a beautiful building, William !

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  3. I love these old stone houses ! Much prettier than the glass boxes we have today!

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  4. Hello, I love the stone houses. Just beautiful. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and week ahead.

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  5. love the stone work, such details. have a great week, William. ( :

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  6. The outside is indeed beautiful, I like the use of those stones.

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  7. @Sami: quite a small country, but a lot to offer.

    @Karl: it certainly is.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Gattina: that is true.

    @Tom: most definitely.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Beth: it was well built.

    @Jan: I do too.

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  8. Stadacona Hall is a stately building. Living there certainly must have been luxurious!

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  9. Stadacona Hall is an imoressive piece of architecture William, the grounds look lovely too!

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  10. A beautiful building with nice garden!

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  11. What a grand looking house!

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  12. Very nice. They certainly emphasize landscaping.

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  13. That is a lovely structure. I do like the stone work.

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  14. @Kate: and it still sees good use.

    @Grace: it's well taken care of.

    @Nancy: true!

    @Sharon: it is.

    @Red: they do!

    @Michelle: it's quite a place.

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  15. That's a beautiful building. I love the neatly trimmed bushes!

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  16. Such an interesting name.....

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  17. Beautiful place---love all the stone work. Odd name
    MB

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  18. It is a lovely stone building!

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  19. What a beautiful stone building.

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  20. Hola que fotos mas bonitas.
    te mando mi blog por si queres criticar.

    Gracias.
    Besos


    http://anna-historias.blogspot.com/2018/06/el-silencio.html?m=1

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  21. Great pictures. I didn't know Brunei is part of the Commonwealth. Learn something every day. :-)

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  22. Looks a magnificent building I expect it is impressive on the inside as well.

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  23. Lovely building and I love the stone work.

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  24. I really like your new header!

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  25. @Tamago: it must be quite a bit of work, trimming those hedges.

    @Cloudia: it's a good name.

    @MB: it is taken from the name of an Iroquois village in early Contact history.

    @RedPat: it is very distinctive.

    @Deb: I agree!

    @Anna: thank you.

    @DJan: I knew, but more because I had looked into it when I first came across the building.

    @Fun60: it is a beauty inside.

    @Bill: so do I.

    @Norma: thanks!

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  26. So much history there in less than 150 years.

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  27. Just love the stone work …

    All the best Jan

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  28. I have a hunch the third floor was the servants quarters.

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  29. I'm very fond of brick and stone buildings. This one is a gem.

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  30. A lovely old house and I love its stonework, pretty grounds too. Also enjoyed the history, thanks William :)

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  31. That's a fine looking old building.

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  32. Heipsan William, for a long time.
    This house is beautiful, I love the gray stones.
    By the way, your header is lovely.

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  33. It's a beautiful building and has some beautiful lines. I'm a sucker for dormers. I wish photos were allowed inside.

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  34. Fantastic stonework and wonderful historical building ~


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

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  35. A lovely historic building!

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  36. @Janis: a lot of history gets packed into such a place.

    @Jan: so do I.

    @Mari: likely.

    @Jeanie: it is!

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Catalyst: I agree.

    @Orvokki: thank you.

    @Kay: If only!

    @Klara: it definitely is.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Jenn: that it is.

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