First Bampfield House, Niagara Falls

First Bampfield House, Niagara Falls

First Bampfield House is a historic house. It was named after James Bampfield, the first owner of the house, who was a significant figure in the early commercial development of Niagara Falls. Constructed in the Regency style, this two-and-a-half storey house features tall, arched windows that add to its visual appeal. The limestone block walls and high raised basement create a commanding presence, and the lawns of the house extended to River Road, providing a picturesque view of the Niagara gorge and the United States.

Built in the late 1800s by John Merral, a local lumber merchant, the First Bampfield House is a unique variant of the Regency Revival style with a perfectly square plan. Its construction is noteworthy as it was built using the earth and rubble technique without mortar, made possible by the recent invention of dynamite.

While primarily used as a single-family dwelling, the house was reputedly used as a brothel for many years during the early twentieth century. Despite this, the house remains a valuable part of Niagara Falls' architectural heritage and a reminder of the city's early development. Its location on Bampfield Street and its stunning design make it a prominent landmark in the area, attracting visitors and locals alike.

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Sight Name: First Bampfield House
Sight Location: Niagara Falls, Canada (See walking tours in Niagara Falls)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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