Historic Buildings In Amherst, NS

A guide through some beautiful historic buildings in Amherst, NS. Sometimes it is important to stop and consider the history of our landmarks because it shows us who we are and where we came from.

The history and memory of civilization is built into buildings, and only when we stop to consider them can we truly learn from our history.

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The World’s Oldest Basketball Court

Basketball is a popular sport, that was first “partially experienced” in December 1891 when two physical education professors in Springfield, Massachusetts tried to keep their class active through indoor games.

The floor on which this game is played on is called the “basketball court” and consists of rectangular tiled floor. It is highly polished and may be made up of wood, maple, asphalt or concrete depending upon the location (indoor or outdoor).

Basketball courts in general:

Apparently, an average basketball court has a court length of 94 feet, width of 50 feet, rim height 10 feet, restricted arc radius as 4 feet and center circle diameter as 12 feet. In the NBA, the 3 point line, that which separates from 2 point area measures between 22 feet to 23.75 feet in length. Of all the basketball courts in the world, the most famous and well-designed one is Rucker Park in New York, United States.

About the world’s oldest basketball court:

As I said in the introduction; this phenomenal game came into being in December 1891 in YMCA, Massachusetts, US. However, the oldest basketball court on the planet is located in the 9th endorsement in the city of Paris. It is known as Rue de Trevise court. It is the oldest existing one, the previous court being the one in Springfield but was destroyed due to a fire.

YMCA has three logo motives that are: – a healthy “body, mind and spirit, ” principles carried on to modern fitness philosophies such as those at Men’s Health, Bodybuilding.com and Piranha Sports. These principles were followed to its building in Paris, where all these facilities were provided to balance out the exercise and maintain a healthy art of living.

The brilliant architect of YMCA hostel in Paris was Emile Benard who helped lay a foundation to the court back in 1892. In the beginning, Emile had no motives of designing a basketball court. However, the building was closely affiliated with YMCA, US campus and was formed just one year after the actual concept of basketball came into being.

The rules of the game were published in the newsletter and it began clenching the interest of the readers. An American sports instructor named Melvin Rideout was sent to the Paris campus of YMCA, and apparently he was the entity who actually brought life to the court. He helped TO set up all the facilities and train the French staff with the newly formulated concept of the game.

On this very first basketball court, a football was used along with fruit baskets back in 1892, and the first official match took place on 27th of December, 1893.

Features of the court:

The basement of the building has an indoor pool (the first one to be built in France), and also a bowling alley. The mezzanine balcony level was actually built as a cycle track, and the building also has a theatre (Theatre Trevise), which hosts stand-up comedy shows etc.

The court is no longer in use for official matches, however there are small games being played every Saturday. The gymnasium however radiates the sight of its rich History with well reserved Hungarian point parquet flooring, and a collection of wooden bars.


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The World’s Oldest Soccer Stadiums

We all know how popular soccer is. The sport which is played in more than two hundred countries and dependencies has been in existence since the 18th century.

Soccer has earned the nicknames ‘The Beautiful Game’ and ‘The World’s Game’. The sport has a lot of influence to most people in the world.
Despite the extensive knowledge that you may have about this game, you may not have the knowledge of the world’s oldest soccer stadiums.

Below is a list of 5 of the oldest soccer stadiums, the very first stadiums to be opened.

5. Stamford Bridge (1877)

Number 5 on the list is the home ground of Chelsea F.C.. Stamford Bridge was opened 139 years ago. It is owned by Chelsea Pitch Owners and has a capacity of 41,663.

4. Deepdale Stadium (1875)

Deepdale Stadium which was opened in 1875 was initially used for cricket and rugby. The first association football match was held in 1878. The stadium has undergone several renovations with all 4 original stands been replaced with new seated structures.

3. The Racecourse Ground (1864)

The Racecourse Stadium is located in Wrexham, North Wales. The ground was originally used for cricket and horse racing before being used for soccer. Guinness World Records acknowledged the stadium as the oldest soccer stadium that still hosts international matches in the world.

2. Field Mill  (1861)

This stadium is also called One Call Stadium and is located in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England. The ground is regarded as the oldest in Football league as it has been hosting football since 1861.

1. Bramall Lane (1855)

Bramall Lane Football Stadium is found in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The number one on our list was also opened as a cricket ground 161 years ago. It was the largest stadium in the 19th century and it hosted many of the city’s very significant matches.

There you have the world’s oldest soccer stadiums. Some of them are stadiums you knew about. However, you probably did not have an idea that they are among the oldest soccer stadiums.

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Historic Buildings in Ontario, Canada


Ontario is a multi-cultural province in east central Canada. It is an economic, education, innovation, tourism as well as governing center. Founded as ‘colony model’ in the year 1882 in September by William Chaffey. It has several historic buildings with a significant architectural design structures as well as cultural resources.

The following are preserved historic buildings in Ontario:

  • Peter Secord House. It is the oldest historic building constructed in year 1782. Currently it is an inn offering bed and breakfast.
  • Mohawk chapel. It is the oldest first Anglican Church in Ontario. It was constructed back 1785 by the Indian Mohawk after the colonial resettlement.
  • Scadding cabin. Built in 1794, by John Scadding on his property. He was a Devonshire immigrant. Its current use is as a museum.
  • Brown-Jouppien house. John Brown built it in the year 1810. It is located at St. Catherine and currently it is the only building still standing strong, currently piece of art since Jon heritage consultant bought it.
  • Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Constructed in 1805 as the first oldest lighthouse at the great lake Ontario.
  • Fort York. Built by the British and Canadian army in the year 1813. Currently it is a historic site, and one of the most prominent of the historic buildings in Toronto.
  • Distillery District. It was constructed in the year 1832. It is both commercial and residential, and is representative of the architecture in Toronto of the 1800s.
  • Dundurn castle. Constructed in the year 1835, it is a beautiful old mansion on York Boulevard. It is famous castle for entertainment, bought by the government acting as museum as well as events reception like wedding among others.
  • Bellevue house. Constructed in year 1840 by a rich merchant in an Italian design. The first prime minister of Canada moved in, in year 1848.
  • Dominion House. Built on 1850 at the Windsor. Currently used as a pub with a lot of traditional illustration.
  • Parliament Hill. It is a government development project. It has the elements and instruments of governance and national importance.
  • Victoria Hall. Built in 1888. It is a commercial building located at Hamilton also known as ‘foster building’ after a women fashion shop was well establish in 1952.

These historic buildings mostly act as heritage sites not only for the people of the Ontario, but have attracted a lot of tourists from all around the globe

The government of Ontario has greatly contributed to the preservation of these historic buildings, which have acted as museums while others are just the cultural heritage. These heritage preserves not only serve as a way to attract tourists but as well to preserve important buildings for the future generation. There is such a rich education to aid the people of Ontario to understand history, to be able to improve in future generations.

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