When I looked up Whitehern online I discovered there are a LOT of photographs of this historic house and most of them are from this very spot. I tried a number of different angles but when a house is this symmetrical it seems to me it needs the ‘full frontal’ treatment. 🙂 ….or maybe it’s just that I wanted to shoot it that way.
As I mentioned when I uploaded the image of the dining room, it was a pleasant surprise to find the house open for tours when I was only expecting to photograph the exterior. It really is the most comfortable sort of house when you enter through these gates and I think that may have a lot to do with the fact that symmetry is always pleasing to the eye and, therefore, welcoming but also because it’s built with stone and feels not only solid but somehow dependable.
It was built circa 1850 by Richard Duggan and purchased in 1852 by Calvin McQuesten, M.D. and what’s really amazing is that his five unmarried grandchildren lived there until the last one died in 1968, leaving the house and its entire contents to the City of Hamilton.
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