Niagara Falls in Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario — Central Canada
Thomas Baker McQuesten
— 1882 – 1945 —
During his term as chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission, he was instrumental in the building of Oakes Garden Theatre; The construction of the Niagara Parkway from Clifton Hill to the whirlpool; the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture; Mather Park and Mather Arch at Fort Erie.
His deep appreciation of Canadian history and tradition resulted in the restoration of Fort George, historic Fort Erie and the MacKenzie House in Queenston.
His foresight led the Niagara Parks Commission to initiate a movement to build the present Rainbow Bridge, three months before the Upper Steel Arch Bridge was destroyed by ice. As chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission, he oversaw the construction of the Rainbow Bridge, the Rainbow Gardens and the Carillon Tower.
Everyone who enjoys the beauty of the floral gardens within the Niagara parks has reason to thank Thomas B. McQuesten.
Erected 1992 by The Niagara Parks Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Environment • Forts and Castles • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical date for this entry is June 30, 1600.
Location. 43° 5.401′ N, 79° 4.32′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Niagara Regional Municipality. Marker is at the intersection of Clifton Hill and Niagara Parkway / River Road, on the right on Clifton Hill. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3K9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Upper Suspension Bridge (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Upper Steel Arch Bridge (about 120 meters away); To the Memory of Burrell Hecock (about 180 meters away); Rainbow Bridge (about 210 meters away); Zimmerman Fountain Pond (about 240 meters away); International Rainbow Bridge Commemoration (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Boundary Waters Treaty (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The First People to See the Falls (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Thomas McQuesten. “Thomas Baker McQuesten was a Canadian politician, lawyer and politician and government appointee who lived in Hamilton, Ontario. As minister of Highways in the government of Mitchell Hepburn, McQuesten (Submitted on November 2, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
2. Rainbow Garden is a Thing of Beauty. This page has photographs and a short article on Rainbow Garden. Excerpt: “The purpose of the Rainbow Gardens was to connect the Oaks Garden Theatre complex and the Rainbow Bridge. The Oakes Garden Theatre is a grass covered Greco-Roman style amphitheater surrounded by a limestone staircase, and features lovely fountains, urns and ornamental statuary. The Garden area is beautifully surrounded by a large ornamental stone wall which helps create a feeling of seclusion and serenity, despite it’s proximity to the many high-rise hotels and the Falls themselves. One can walk through this tranquil setting and forget the hustle and bustle of the always crowded Clifton Hill just 100 yards north.” (Submitted on November 2, 2014.)
1. Rainbow Gardens
Constructed in 1937, it was designed by Howard Dunnington-Grubb, famed Canadian architect, assisted by J.V. Stensson and architect William Somerville. Fountains and sculpture were designed by Florence Wyle, Frances Loring and Elizabeth Wyn Wood.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 580 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 2, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 4, 2014.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Niagara Parks School of Horticulture • Mather Park and Mather Arch • Fort George, Fort Erie and the MacKenzie House • Historic photos of Upper Steel Arch Bridge • More and better photos of Rainbow Gardens • Can you help?