Niagara Falls Historic Architecture, Niagara Falls (Self Guided)

Take this tour to find out more about Niagara Falls' historic treasure. There are various architectural styles to be found, from Gothic Revival to Classical. The old banks of the town, Railway Station, Bampfield Hall, Park Place, Ellis-Taylor House and others, are eye-catching attractions for tourists coming to Niagara Falls, especially for those who want to learn about the town's background.
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Niagara Falls Historic Architecture Map

Guide Name: Niagara Falls Historic Architecture
Guide Location: Canada » Niagara Falls (See other walking tours in Niagara Falls)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: Stella
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Doran-Marshall Residence

1) Doran-Marshall Residence

Doran-Marshall Residence was primarily the home of a regional entrepreneur, William Doran. Now it's called Park Place Bed & Breakfast and is owned by Caroline and Gary Burke. A historical building in Niagara Falls, it dates back to the year 1886. The architecture of the cream brick house reveals a Queen Ann Revival style, having the specific round tower at the corner. With its restored exterior, Victorian gardens and antique-decorated interior, Park Place makes a nice romantic place to stop by for a bed and breakfast.
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Christ Church

2) Christ Church

Located on Zimmerman Avenue, Christ Church was built in 1865. The architecture of the building reveals Gothic Revival Style elements such as gabled roof, flamboyant windows and remarkable stained glass windows. The church has a ten-bell set that dates back to 1912 and an underground tunnel that links the church to the two adjacent church halls - Memorial Hall and Crysler Room. The church also has a pipe organ since 1964. In 1873 the parish was given land for Memorial Garden as a gift.
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Bampfield Hall

3) Bampfield Hall

The Bampfield Hall, also known as The Blue House, is located on Zimmerman Avenue. It was built in 1875 by James Bampfield, one of the most notable local tradesman. This was the second house of the Bamfields built on their arival to Clifton area and it belonged to the family until 1969. The construction was designed in a Gothic Revival Style. The upper part of the house features an Empire Style aspect. The classical style verandah was added later. At present the hall serves as a Bed & Breakfast, with a fishpond decorating its front yard.
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Old Zimmerman Bank

4) Old Zimmerman Bank

Opened in 1855, The Old Zimmerman Bank was the first bank of the region and the property of Samuel Zimmerman, a wealthy provincial business man.

Until 1976 it served as a post office, customs house and finally, as a police station. The limestone bank building presents Romanesque Revival Style architecture. At present the old bank looks empty.
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Old Imperial Bank

5) Old Imperial Bank

The Old Imperial Bank is located on Bridge Street. A limestone historic treasure of Niagara Falls, the bank dates back to the year 1906. It served as an affiliate of the Imperial Bank until the 1960s, when it suffered the consequences of a serious robbery in 1964. Old Imperial Bank was initiated by the widely-known Darling and Pearson Company of Toronto. The construction outlines a mix of Romanesque Revival and French Renaissance elements.
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Niagara Falls Railway Station

6) Niagara Falls Railway Station

A red brick construction dating back to 1879, Niagara Falls Railway Station is located on Bridge Street. Supporting local tourist business, the station also served as a social gathering point because of its restaurant. The Railway Station underwent several renovations. The building features elements of Gothic Revival style and is one of the oldest rail stations in the Province of Ontario.
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Niagara Falls Post Office

7) Niagara Falls Post Office

Built in 1931 by Piggott Construction Company on Queen Street, Niagara Falls Post Office is the property of Canada Post Corporation. The architectural cut limestone structure was projected by Findlay and Foulis in Art Deco manner. It is located in the place where the first manse of Saint Andrew United Church stood. The post office provides mailing service. You may find collectible stamps and postcards here.
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Seneca Queen Theatre

8) Seneca Queen Theatre

Seneca Theatre was built in 1940 by Jay I. English and owned by Famous Players. The theatre served as a hosting place to many important events. In 1953 it hosted the Canadian premiere of Marilyn Monroe's movie "Niagara". The initial front view was marked by an illuminated signboard. The building was renovated and its facade changed, but the higher part of the theatre stils features Art Deco elements. Today it houses the Gypsy Theatre.
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Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church

9) Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church

Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church is a historic landmark, located at the junction of Queen Street and Victoria Avenue. Built in 1895, the red sandstone church was erected by Newman Brothers Company, and features Neo-Gothic style with gabled, octagonal spire and a rose window decorating the facade. The original roof underwent renovations, being replaced in 1995.
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Ellis-Taylor House

10) Ellis-Taylor House

Built in 1894 by the Ellis family, Ellis-Taylor House was originaly owned by Arthur Park Ellis. The family used to buy lots and later commercialize them. In 1899 the house was acquired by Frank Taylor, a local merchant whose home it was until 1945. A bit later it served as an accounting office for Niagara Falls Education Board. The house exhibits different elements of Queen Anne Revival style.
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Niagara Falls Armoury

11) Niagara Falls Armoury

Niagara Falls Armoury houses Lundy's Historical Museum, the original building of which is currently undergoing renovations. The construction was initiated by T. W. Fuller, a military architect of the Canadian Government. It was finished in 1911 and served as an enrolment and instruction centre during World War I. The building is designed as a Medieval fortress, marked by a defense tower at each corner. Its facade also exhibits elements of Tudor Gothic.

Walking Tours in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Create Your Own Walk in Niagara Falls

Create Your Own Walk in Niagara Falls

Creating your own self-guided walk in Niagara Falls is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

It is only natural that whoever visits Niagara Falls is eager to get the best possible view of the Falls itself. Luckily, there are quite a few spots in the city - such as Skylon Tower, Embassy Suite Hotel Tower, Konica Minolta Tower and Niagara Sky Wheel - offering exactly that. However, if the landmark waterfalls isn't just the only thing you want to observe in Niagara Falls, follow this...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Niarara Falls Family Entertainment

Niarara Falls Family Entertainment

The main tourist district is located in downtown Niagara Falls and offers a lot of fun, interactive family activities. Have a great time at Clifton Hill's fun spots like Great Canadian Midway, Brontos Adventure Playland, Ripley's 4D Moving Theater or Fun House. Sweeten your children's vacation at Fudge Factory and try the wettest attraction at Fallsview Indoor Aqua Park. Kids will...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Museums in Niagara Falls

Museums in Niagara Falls

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Niagara Falls Shopping Tour

Niagara Falls Shopping Tour

If you are in search of special souvenirs or want to buy some gifts, Niagara Falls offers a great assortment of memorabilia, hand made presents, artwork, fresh-made sweets and other original souvenirs. Browsing stores like MGM Studios, WWE Retails, Canada Trading Company, The Hershey Store will make your visit to Niagara Falls brighter.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Niagara Falls for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Niagara Falls has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Niagara Falls, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.