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First Bampfield House

4325, Bampfield Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1981/04/06

This was the first home of the Bampfield family upon their arrival in Clifton in 1860.; City of Niagara Falls
First Bampfield House
The Bampfield House in 2004.; Andrew Porteus, Niagara Falls Public Library Digital Collection, 2004.
First Bampfield House
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Autre nom(s)

First Bampfield House
Bampfield Residence

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2008/07/25

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

First Bampfield House is a two-and-a-half storey house with tall limestone block walls which sits prominently on Bampfield Street in Niagara Falls. It was named after this dwelling's first residents. Built in the Regency style, it boasts tall, arched windows with a highly structured rhythm.

First Bampfield House was designated for its heritage value by the City of Niagara Falls (By-law 8178).

Valeur patrimoniale

The home's first owner, James Bampfield, is recognized for his contribution to the early commercial development of Niagara Falls. Upon his arrival in Niagara Falls in 1860, Bampfield had this home built by John Merral, a lumber merchant in the former town of Clifton. For many years, the building's lawns extended to River Road, and the house had a commanding view of the beautiful Niagara gorge and the United States. While used primarily as a single family dwelling, the house was also reputedly used as a brothel for many years in the early twentieth century.

This two-and-a-half storey house is a unique variant of the Regency Revival style with a perfectly square plan, tall limestone block walls and a high raised basement. This building was built shortly after the invention of dynamite, which allowed for the blasting of the limestone sub-surface to lay the foundation, built in the earth and rubble technique without mortar. The visually powerful façade faces the river with arched windows that create a highly structured rhythm around the house.

Source: Designation Report for Bampfield Residence, Planning and Development, City of Niagara Falls.

Éléments caractéristiques

Character defining elements that reflect the heritage value of First Bampfield House include its:
- Regency Revival style home with a perfectly square plan and raised basement
- tall limestone block walls
- high raised basement built in the earth and rubble technique without mortar
- tall arched windows




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (Ont.)

Loi habilitante

Loi sur le patrimoine de l'Ontario

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation du patrimoine municipal (partie IV)

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Un territoire à peupler
Les établissements

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Logement unifamilial

Architecte / Concepteur



John Merrall

Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

City of Niagara Falls Planning and Development Dept 4310 Queen Street Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X5 and Niagara Falls Public Library Digital Collection - Images Database Niagara Falls ON

Réfère à une collection

Niagara Falls Public Library Digital Collection - Images Database

Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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